Sony and Samsung Won’t Slash Blu-ray Prices
Sony and Samsung executives said they see no reason to slash prices of their Blu-ray players to meet the new low prices of some of their HD-DVD competitors.
“The (format) wars are continuing to rage, and I’d say we’re in the middle stages of it now,” said Stan Glasgow, Sony president and COO. “I find it odd when you have 177 companies (content providers) for Blu-Ray and two for the other (HD-DVD). There’s some abnormality to that.”
The lowest priced Sony Blu-ray player, the BDPS300, sells for an average of about $450, depending on where you shop, while Samsung’s BD-P1400 typically sells for about $499 at most retailers, but it can be found on Amazon.com for about $400. Glasgow said starting prices for Sony Blu-Ray player prices could drop to about $399 or less before the end of the year. The Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player, however, has just hit the sub-$200 level.