Blu-ray May Become Obsolete By 2013, Analysts Believe
Such an interesting forecast was made by the source regarding certain technologies, Blu-Ray in particular. They claim that by 2013, this format that is advancing with difficulties as it is, might become obsolete at all.
Referring to a research conducted by Forrester, the source estimated Blu-Ray spread as very slow and came to an obvious conclusion that only fast price reduction might speed it up. Otherwise, consumers might not become interested in opportunities that the new format is offering, and Blu-Ray might disappear from the scene within the next 5 years.
Currently, Blu-Ray is primarily competing with usual DVDs and growing Internet bandwidths. The latter already allows downloading HD content and becomes more and more attractive from the consumer's point of view. Also, a huge amount of DVDs in rotation and wide spread of related equipment just do not allow to merely step over this format.
It's interesting that even ordinary HDDs might share the fate of Blu-ray. According to the The Standard, local storage will be replaced by networked. The first signs of that can already be seen, and this process might speed up with time. As the key benefits of online storage the source states no binding to standalone PCs, reliability and opportunity to access information from any place with an Internet connection.
Source: The Standard
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