Sales of Blu-ray players are rising steadily (New York Times, 12/14/09), which is great. And that rise is coming as the price point comes down, which anyone with even a slight grasp of product releases has seen coming.
But I’m disappointed there wasn’t a second page to the story that dealt with the state of the market for Blu-ray discs since what’s going on there is more likely to signal the future of the home video market than the sales of a set-top box. Right now there’s so much conflicting data on the Blu-ray disc market it’s hard to know what’s accurate. If people are buying Blu-ray players but using them to spin their existing standard-DVD library and then stream stuff from Netflix that’s important to know, as is if they’re upgrading movies they already own or just buying new releases or anything else.