Richard Kaufman wrote:Blu-Ray Live is just a load of crap right now.
No argument there, Richard.
I should have written: "Plus, if others follow Disney's lead and pack exclusive
features into their Blu-Rays..."
I actually wasn't thinking of Blu-Ray live, but rather some of the loads of extras in the new 50th Anniversary Sleeping Beauty Blu-Ray release (plus it also includes the upgraded DVD version for only $5 more than the DVD set at Amazon)
The Band of Brothers Blu-Ray set also comes to mind, with an exclusive picture-in-picture commentary by the actual 101st vets, plus some other interactive extras, DTS Master Audio, 1080p, etc. --for only about 10 bucks more than the DVD set (at Sam's.)
Richard Kaufman wrote:The Blu-Ray players that are low-priced are also early versions (like 1.1), not the latest (2.0), and cannot even access the high-end features (like Blu-Ray live) that disc makers are touting.
Point taken. As I alluded to, the manufacturers haven't come close to the successful rollout they had with DVD, and stuff like this doesn't help. However, there are also over 14 million folks out there with 2.0 compatible Blu-Ray players (PS3) right now, so I do think Blu-Ray will eventually succeed despite all of the disadvantages you and others have noted.
P.S.: FWIW, I've no personal burning desire to defend Blu-Ray, nor do I wish to see DVD vanish (I have a significant investment DVD's like most other people). It probably isn't "worth it" for many people to upgrade now. However, I will cop to being a home theater enthusiast, and I'm glad we are finally making the transition to Hi-Def sources and displays.