The Samsung Group, owners of Samsung Electronics, is the world's second largest conglomerate by revenue, and as such, a voice paid quite a bit of attention to. So, when Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK says Blu-ray will be replaced in five years, you don't exactly brush it off:
"I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn't give it 10", [he] told Pocket-lint in an interview.
Hoping to capitalise before it's too late, Griffiths believes that 2008 is the format's year.
"It's going to be huge. We are heavily back-ordered at the moment."
Griffths went on to talk about OLED overtaking LCD technology, and the future of how we take in our home media in general. He says in 2012 we will be "in a true HD world":
"Everything from your television to your camcorder will be offering you pictures in high-definition, and we plan to offer you that HD world from all angles." If this is true, and Samsung isn't just blowing smoke, Blu-ray then, is technically going to start a decline sometime this year or next. And it was just getting started..