Day 2 of the 12 days of an AV Christmas

It’s Day 2 of the 12 days of an AV Christmas

What’s Hot and what’s not

Day 2: Blu-ray Disc Players


Blu-ray disc players are everywhere now, from standalone units, as part of new home theater-in-box systems, and even being incorporated into TV combos. In addition, with prices of an increasing number of Blu-ray disc players now coming in well below $199, and some basic playing coming in as lower than $99, there is no longer a price barrier to overcome, especially if you are replacing an older DVD player. Watch for additional promotions that include free Blu-ray disc movies with a purchase of select Blu-ray Disc players and also “buy an HDTV and get a free Blu-ray Disc Player” offers. Also, check for promotions that include reduced prices for some popular Blu-ray disc movies when you purchase a Blu-ray Disc player. It is expected that Blu-ray disc player and Blu-ray movie promotions will be abundant this holiday season.

Also, an increasing number of new Blu-ray Disc players are 3D-enabled (you still need a 3D TV to watch 3D content) and/or have the ability to access content from the internet from sources such as Netflix, Amazon Video-on-Demand, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, and more (depends on brand/model of player). The good part here is that these features are not limited to just the higher-priced units, so watch for the deals.

Of course, to take full advantage of a Blu-ray Disc player, you do need an HDTV. If you are still using an older analog TV, and have no desire to replace it with a new LCD or Plasma TV, then you would just be buying an overly-expensive DVD player. If you do have an HDTV, Blu-ray will make your screen sparkle with true high definition resolution.

However, one complaint about Blu-ray now is that while players have come down in price, the movies are still expensive in comparison to DVDs. New releases are usually $5-10 more than a standard DVD. On the other hand, many titles that have been out for awhile are sold at reduced prices, some as low their DVD counterparts.

One very important thing to consider about whether to buy a Blu-ray Disc player is that all Blu-ray Disc players will play standard DVDs, so your current DVD collection will not become obsolete. Also, most manufacturers are making fewer DVD players as Blu-ray Disc players are filling the shelves. It may be that when you go the store, you may only find one or two DVD players to choose from, while the shelf will be full of Blu-ray Disc players.

Also, when buying a Blu-ray Disc player, get some good movies to get you started. Check out some of my favorites in 2D and 3D that provide a great viewing experience.

The Wizard of Oz
Ben Hur
Iron Man 3
The Dark Knight
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Lord of the Rings
The Star Wars Saga
Pacific Rim

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Adventures of TinTin
Resident Evil: After Life
Kung Fu Panda 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Puss in Boots 3D
Hugo Limited Edition
Underworld: Awakening

For more details on Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc Players, we can send you the following resources, simply email me at and request these great resources.

Blu-ray FAQs

Before You Buy a Blu-ray Disc Player

Best Blu-ray Disc Players


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