Not sure I totally agree with the gloom and doom tone of this article. IMO we should wait until the end of the XMAS/Thanksgiving season to make a more definite call. Also, although the US economy is weak it doesn't mean the rest the world will be as bad...Blu-ray's hold on the plastic video disc market is slipping—the opposite of what everyone expected once HD DVD bowed out of the competition. Blu-ray's market share fell to eight percent during the week ending on September 14, according to the latest data from Nielsen VideoScan, with regular old DVD making up the other 92 percent. And with the US economy now on even shakier ground than usual, Blu-ray's chunk of the market looks likely to stay low for some time.
What I see is more and more in the big box stores are packages that include BD players with new HDTVs. This being said, the studios and equipment makes need to get off their a** and make the BD offer more compelling. That means exclusive incentives (new releases on BD 2 weeks before the DVD anyone?), lower prices on both players and movies and so on.
Full article here.