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Blu-ray: PC Advisor readers hit back

So what are you waiting for? Rush out and buy a Blu-ray player immediately. That was what we were supposed to do when the next-generation format war finally came to an end, and yet many PC Advisor readers remain indifferent to the new world of high-definition video.

Toshiba announced last month that it would stop producing HD DVD players, immediately making Blu-ray the next-generation DVD format of choice. But as one challenger dies, another one emerges, and now many believe Blu-ray will prove irrelevant, with users downloading content over the internet, rather than buying films on discs.

Plus, our poll last week suggests most people regard Blu-ray players as a purchase that only becomes relevant when the time comes to replace their current DVD players. (Over 60 percent of the 2,100 people who responded said they'd wait until their DVD player needed replacing before upgrading to a high-def model). Just one percent said they'd rush out and buy a Blu-ray player immediately now that HD DVD is no more.

A separate group of Blu-ray sceptics (those replying to our Four reasons why Blu-ray will fail article) backed up the view that the internet will render Blu-ray irrelevant.

"For me the only reason HDTV is being pushed so heavily, is that the TV market has hit a dead end and most people will soon be able to stream DVD quality video over their internet connection, so the TV companies need something that keeps them ahead of the game," said 'Sean'.

"I won't be investing in a Blu-ray device any time ever - I believe the future is downloading and on-line content," added 'Mark'.

Despite this, many remain firmly in the Blu-ray camp. "The cost will drop, Blu Ray will become the standard format," said 'Duncan'. "The next evolution will occur in another ten years and some halfwit will bleat on about how this new fangled technology costs too much," he added, referring to our writer's suggestion that Blu-ray players will fail due to their high cost.

And those who suggested that the quality of Blu-ray content isn't sufficient to persuade people to upgrade ("Isn't DVD quality good enough?", asked Sean) were also given short shrift.

"Absolute twaddle!" said 'Peter Reynolds'. "Are you blind and deaf? The experience of watching 1080p video with high quality surround sound is awe inspiring."

The debate continues. Let us know your views on Blu-ray…

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