Dear Forum members
I am planning to buy a home theater system and there are two types of these available in the market - those with a Blu-ray player and the others without. The price difference is substantial. The primary purpose of my home theater system will be to watch High Def movies. Given this fact, most people will think that a Blu-ray should be a must-buy, however, there are a few problems with this option:
Problems with the Blu-ray option:
1. Expensive Blu-ray player
2. I've already invested in a high speed broadband connection (4mbps) to download HD movies so I won't be buying Blu-ray discs (currently costing Rs. 1350/- each)
3. Even if I want to save the downloaded files to a Blu-ray Disc, I will need to buy a Blu-ray burner (which is also costly - Samsung internal Blu-ray burner currently available in the market for Rs. 15,000) and lots of BD-Rs (currently costing Rs. 1300/- each).
4. Discs are fast becoming obsolete as a storage medium and are being replaced by other high capacity media like passport drives and flash memory - will the investment in Blu-ray player pay off?
5. Why not connect my PC directly to the HT system and enjoy HD movies directly without the hassle of a Blu-ray player in between?
Things that go in favor of the Blu-ray option
1. Discs may not become obsolete after all
2. Its good to have movies kept in nicely labeled/decorated disc jackets stacked in a showcase
3. Blu-ray discs and burners will become cheap in future so its worthwhile to invest in a built-in Blu-ray player
4. Some HD movies or HD content may not be available for downloading (like all episodes of Coke Studio in HD) and you may have to buy a Blu-ray disc.
5. Attractive deals on Blu-ray movies (like all Star Trek movies in a Blu-ray bundle) may necessitate the purchase of a BD.
6. Your friend has all 100 episodes of Battlestar Galactica - but they're on a BD!
What do you say folks? I'll greatly appreciate your input.