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Redemption Oct 3, 06
If Blu-ray is to become the medium of choice, as per the wishes of the companies backing it, they HAVE to start getting it into the market worldwide, not just where they think it will sell.
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Shteeevin Oct 3, 06
Sounds like that the Japanese are being stingy. I think people would rather have Blue-ray than any other storage device.
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Raijin1999 Oct 3, 06
Not stingy, just A-holes (from a marketing standpoint). Same way Bandai/Namco is all up in the "You don't want Gundam games in America, do you?" Soup.

But there are ways of obtaining a drive and changing...things. Rather easily done too, so it's not by any means some massive hurdle.

Save for a bigger price tag for the cost through importing. And that's just not cool.

Plus, if Toshiba's too snooty to do it, somebody else will, and when Mr. X does, Toshiba'll come down saying they had always planned to do so, etc, etc.
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iLLmatic Oct 3, 06
Thats quite ridiculous. If Blu-Ray is to gain market share, then they have to allow consumers access to the various Blu-Ray outlets. There may not be a vast number of Americans reayd for burners but there is not a vast number of Americans ready for the next generation of DVD/HD media in the first place, so I just don't understand this whole dictation of who wants what. But then again, doesn't Toshiba have a little something to do with HD-DVD...
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Raijin1999 Oct 4, 06
The plot thickens.
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Guest Oct 4, 06
Apparently you have forgotten (or never even knew) that each of the first big consumer electronics products were always available first in Japan for the first year, not in the US so that the brands involved could more safely gauge their acceptance in a much smaller market. Enormous marketing dollars (or Yen) would not have to be potentially wasted on products that might not work in their initial development stages in other nations. DVD, DVD-RW and now HD DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD recorders and Blu-ray recorders---all were first available only in Japan. Give it a year, and you will see them available in the US as well.
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Redemption Oct 6, 06
In spite of historical reasons, I think in the case of higher capacity optical storage this decision is unfounded. Optical storage media just doesn't cut the mustard right now: with digital media being such a big thing people are archiving very high quality movies and audio. I know people who have 750GB of HD space in a "media server" and constantly looking to expand. Why not allow huge optical storage to help archive digital copies of media? It's something the market clearly wants. Not to mention the applications as far as digital media professionals go. Our image files @ Neo alone could take up 2 discs worth of traditional DVD media.

Current optical storage limits are insufficient to meet the demands TODAY, forget about 1 year from now.

If price is a concern consider this: Audiophiles routinely spend thousands of dollars on any component in their setup. Some such audiophiles have expressed an interest in archiving uncompressed, non-lossy copies of their LP's, CDs, and DVD-Audio in the computer, but a hard drive just isn't appealing to these users. Basically anyone who needs and wants this technology is willing to pay for it.
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