The average cost of a Blu-ray disc, according to an online retailer, has increased by $1.50 since its launch in 2009.
The average price of a DVD, meanwhile, has dropped by $2.50.
That’s a 1.5% increase for Blu-rays and a 0.2% decrease for DVDs, according the Blu-Ray Disc Association.
Blu-Rays have seen similar price hikes.
That is, of course, if you buy your discs online.
But Blu-DVDs have dropped in price.
And they have also dropped in quality.
“If you bought a BluRay in 2010 and you want to play it on a TV set, you can get a BluRays disc for $60 and a DVD for $40,” said Bob Lipschutz, an analyst at Jefferies, Inc. “You could play it online for a lot less.
And that’s just how it’s going to be.
You’ll pay for it.”
The new Blu-DV prices have been driven by DVD sales that have remained stable for years, with the exception of one big downturn last year.
The industry is also dealing with the emergence of an industry-wide shift away from DVDs.
“We’re seeing a lot of the studios, and a lot the independents, saying, ‘No, we’re not going to continue making movies in the DVD format.
It’s just not going out the door,'” said Lips.
“That’s something we don’t want to see.”
The rise of the BluDV is another sign that Blu-rated movies are becoming more popular, and that the industry is on a downward trend.
“The average Blu-dV movie now costs $6, and the average BluRay movie now cost $5,” said Lipps.
“But Blu-rentals are just a really, really, low price.
We’re getting closer to $10.”