First Blu-ray titles delayed

May 4, 2006

Blu-rayNot to be outdone by Toshiba’s launch delays with HD-DVD, Sony has announced the first round of Blu-ray titles originally scheduled for a May 23rd launch, have now been pushed back to June 20th.

The delayed titles include: Underworld: Evolution, 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight’s Tale, The Last Waltz, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and XXX.

The phrase ‘comedy of errors’ comes to mind here. I’m not knocking Sony for the delay itself, it takes guts to stand up and admit things aren’t quite ready. What I’m questioning is how they can allow Toshiba another month of free-reign, without any real competition.

Technical advantages aside, give a consumer long enough and they’ll go with what’s available over what’s promised the majority of the time.

On one hand I guess I should be happy with this news as I’ve already drank the other side’s Kool-Aid but the realist in me feels this is yet another obstacle in ending the already protracted format-war.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Blu-ray


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    Henning,

    Yeah comedy of errors as in humorous that it happened to both sides. i.e neither side managed to pull off the flawless launch they were hoping for. Not that it really matters to either side in the long run. Except possibly the extra 30 days or so HD-DVD has to gauge their products reception and tweak their plan accordingly

    I’m not sure how many times something was delayed sticks in the memories of the average consumer. Once it’s out its out but giving your competitor a head start on a less expensive solution doesn’t exactly sound like a great plan to me.

    I seem to remember a Sony exec at CES 2005 holding up a Blu-ray disc saying we’re going to be ready, in answer to a Toshiba spokesman that said Blu-ray was vaporware.

    Obviously neither statement was true but now with this it’s slightly ironic.

    Not to mention all the Blu-ray proponents that cited HD-DVD’s delays as evidence that the format was somehow flawed, does the same logic hold true now that the tables are turned?

    Will a month matter a lot in the long run? Probably not but I don’t know what HD-DVD titles are on tap for the next 30 days, apparently only the studios do as they’ve been announcing some of them as little as a week before shipment.

    Sony may have more titles at launch than HD-DVD did, but HD-DVD will have more titles on the shelf by the time Blu-ray launches, kind of wash in my opinion.

  • B.Greenway

    Henning,

    Yeah comedy of errors as in humorous that it happened to both sides. i.e neither side managed to pull off the flawless launch they were hoping for. Not that it really matters to either side in the long run. Except possibly the extra 30 days or so HD-DVD has to gauge their products reception and tweak their plan accordingly

    I’m not sure how many times something was delayed sticks in the memories of the average consumer. Once it’s out its out but giving your competitor a head start on a less expensive solution doesn’t exactly sound like a great plan to me.

    I seem to remember a Sony exec at CES 2005 holding up a Blu-ray disc saying we’re going to be ready, in answer to a Toshiba spokesman that said Blu-ray was vaporware.

    Obviously neither statement was true but now with this it’s slightly ironic.

    Not to mention all the Blu-ray proponents that cited HD-DVD’s delays as evidence that the format was somehow flawed, does the same logic hold true now that the tables are turned?

    Will a month matter a lot in the long run? Probably not but I don’t know what HD-DVD titles are on tap for the next 30 days, apparently only the studios do as they’ve been announcing some of them as little as a week before shipment.

    Sony may have more titles at launch than HD-DVD did, but HD-DVD will have more titles on the shelf by the time Blu-ray launches, kind of wash in my opinion.

  • westcott

    The main reason you may want to wait is because you will not be able to play HD DVD’s you rent or buy on a BlueRay player and vise versa.

    Than means that your favorite movie may not come out on the player you buy. The lack of cooperation among the movie producers means you will either need to buy two players, one of each, wait for a combo player, or pick a studio and do without some of the movies you may want to watch.

    Now isn’t that a great way to promote a new technology????????

  • westcott

    The main reason you may want to wait is because you will not be able to play HD DVD’s you rent or buy on a BlueRay player and vise versa.

    Than means that your favorite movie may not come out on the player you buy. The lack of cooperation among the movie producers means you will either need to buy two players, one of each, wait for a combo player, or pick a studio and do without some of the movies you may want to watch.

    Now isn’t that a great way to promote a new technology????????

  • henning

    “Comedy of errors” ?

    At least Sony only delayed their stuff once. Toshiba delayed again and again and again.

    In the end, a month or two headstart won’t make a difference in the war.

    At least Sony will have more than 3 titles available at launch.

  • henning

    “Comedy of errors” ?

    At least Sony only delayed their stuff once. Toshiba delayed again and again and again.

    In the end, a month or two headstart won’t make a difference in the war.

    At least Sony will have more than 3 titles available at launch.

  • WhaThe

    I agree. If i can get a similar picture now, instead of 2 months later. Why would i wait? and if the picture looks remarkably the same, like EG said. Why do i care how much extra room is there?

  • WhaThe

    I agree. If i can get a similar picture now, instead of 2 months later. Why would i wait? and if the picture looks remarkably the same, like EG said. Why do i care how much extra room is there?

  • energy_guru

    I’m sure the vast majority of consumers can wait and the real battle will be around Xmas time. But with the price difference it seems like a no brainer to me. Sure blu ray can hold more but does the average consumer really care about that? If I can watch a full length movie on one disc I don’t care how much extra space there is.

  • energy_guru

    I’m sure the vast majority of consumers can wait and the real battle will be around Xmas time. But with the price difference it seems like a no brainer to me. Sure blu ray can hold more but does the average consumer really care about that? If I can watch a full length movie on one disc I don’t care how much extra space there is.