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Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Old 01-06-10, 06:31 PM
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Cause they come in them thar fancy blue cases...sure enough.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

In addition to what's been said about authoring and replication, I believe the AACS fees are (were?) also higher than the CSS protection used on DVDs. However, they were reduced last year. AACS is also mandatory, whereas small producers had the option of forgoing protection altogether on DVD. Of course, anything that's relatively mainstream will be "protected."

I don't know about BD+, but I suppose it would be an extra fee.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Originally Posted by Drexl
In addition to what's been said about authoring and replication, I believe the AACS fees are (were?) also higher than the CSS protection used on DVDs. However, they were reduced last year. AACS is also mandatory, whereas small producers had the option of forgoing protection altogether on DVD. Of course, anything that's relatively mainstream will be "protected."

I don't know about BD+, but I suppose it would be an extra fee.
Correct, I haven't managed a BD project in over two years but at the time, replication and authoring were more than DVD, of course final cost depends on how many are being replicated as you could get various price breaks. Also need to take into account any restoration, etc done on the film/video, special features produced, and any other value added costs involved. In addition, there is (was) a yearly flat fee for AACS on top of a per disc fee they charged. So all in all, production costs are (were) more than DVD which leads to a higher price. Not sure about BD+ as I never used it but if there's a way to get $ out of it, they are charging.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

I just got a Blu Ray and have no movies for it yet.

I have 2 questions:

1. I always thought my DVDs had great quality, is Blu that much better?

2. I've also heard that a Blu Ray player enhances your regular DVDs....is this true and do the old DVDs look a lot better?

thanks and sorry if this has been asked many times before.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Newer products are more expensive. BD is the elite format of the moment.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

1. Depends. The bigger your television, the more improvement you will see. And not all movies are going to show a huge improvement, depending on the how the movie was shot, the condition of the elements, and the quality of the transfer. As a general rule, BR will look better than DVD.

2. Blu-ray players will upconvert DVDs to 1080p through HDMI. It will improve the picture quality and colors, but it won't give more detail than is already encoded on the DVD.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Originally Posted by Qui Gon Jim
Doubt it. There will be a slight premium on BD for a good long while.
The price gap has been steadily closing over the past few months. If you look at amazon, a lot of 2-disc SE dvd are priced higher than their blu-ray counterparts. The MSRP on the blu-rays are higher, but amazon is giving them a much bigger discount. It starts with the store discounts then it will lead to lower MSRP from the studios like it always does. Heck a lot of the earlier WB blu-rays are easily around $5 while their 2-disc dvds are way more.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

thing is:

ps3 blu ray game vs xbox 360 dvd game, same game same price.
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Re: Why are Blu-ray movies more expensive than normal DVDs?

Originally Posted by guest
thing is:

ps3 blu ray game vs xbox 360 dvd game, same game same price.
Right, but that has nothing to do with the cost of authoring movies. The PS3 version may be a little more expensive to produce (we're talking pennies), but market forces keep both editions at $60.

Also note how Wii games are generally $50 or less despite being on the same DVD medium as Xbox 360 games. Of course in that case, the development budget for a Wii game is much less.

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