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Why Are Sony Adverse To Blu ray Recorders?

By David Richards | Sunday | 26/07/2009

COMMENT: What is it about Sony that they keep stuffing up Blu ray time and time again?

Right now Panasonic and Pioneer are selling hundreds of expensive Blu ray recorders and neither is cheap. The Pioneer model is $5,300 and the Panasonic model $2,400 and both are on back order because of demand.

Sony, who doesn't have a Blu ray recorder despite positioning themselves as the Blu ray leaders, is now set to launch a 400 disc Blu ray stacker. The device like most Sony gear is expensive with a US price of $1,900.

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There is nothing wrong with Sony gear. What is wrong with Sony is the management running the Company who time and time again keep making the wrong decisions.

Sony gear is expensive and in the past it was well made. This may not be the case going forward as the Company moves to third party manufacturers to make their TV's, Blu ray players and a whole heap of other Sony gear.

They are also good designers of gear however, both Samsung and LG are now delivering excellent gear at significantly lower prices.

In the Blu ray market Sony should have been one of the first to have had a recorder. However interal issues over Digital Rights Management and the copying of content has led to the Company refusing to deliver a recorder. They want to you to buy old fashined stackers. A technology that disapeared with 50Hz TV's. 

Sony has sold stackers in the past.

They had a 300 disc DVD stacker 3 years ago, it was $900; add 100 more discs and the name Blu ray and the price jumps by $1,000. I also remember the Sony VAIO XL1 digital living system which included a 200disc DVD stacker. This bombed.

There's nothing novel about disc changers, of course—they've been around for years, starting with carousel-style CD changers, then moving on to the DVD variety.

Set to be launched in August, the BDP-CX7000ES has an Ethernet port and access to content archives, for downloading song and movie titles, director and actor information.

The device will also includes 1080p up scaling for standard DVD video is supported, as is on-board decoding for lossless audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BDP-CX7000ES also comes with an RS-232 connection and an IR input for home automation systems.

This is one piece of hard that I personally believe is totally unnecessary. Let's move into the future with the free distribution of ripping software that lets consumers copy a disc to storage device or a recorder similar to what Panasonic and Pioneer do.

And let's put that software on an embedded chip inside a TV so that content can be downloaded to a 1TB SDX card that fits into a slot on the TV. Due next year the 1TB SDX cards are expected to cost around $299.

I would also like to see upscale and Blu ray player capability built into the TV. Toshiba who originally delivered the HD DVD format has bitten the bullet and is very close to delivering a TV similar to what I am suggesting. Let's hope others get the message.  

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