When Blu-ray Demos Go Wrong

Posted by Tyler Pruitt on September 4, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War, Hardware, Retailers

During a beer run shopping trip to Fred Meyer, we noticed a new in store Samsung Blu-ray demo that was showcasing the BD-P1500 Blu-ray player.

What stopped us dead in our tracks was the awful picture quality of the Blu-ray demo loop that was playing. We did a little investigating (looked at the back of the player) and found the A/V connection being used was the good ol’ Yellow-Red-White composite A/V cables (Just say no!).

We really hope this is an isolated instance, as this kind of demo is worse than no demo at all.

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7 Responses to “When Blu-ray Demos Go Wrong”

  1. webdev511 on September 4th, 2008 9:06 am

    Blu will always look AWSOME at all the discount stores where people don’t know how to set them up. I mean HDMI is just SOOOO hard to setup compared to component.

  2. DavidB on September 4th, 2008 10:34 am

    No different REALLY than the idiot store clerks who hookup PS3′s and X360′s to big LCD monitors using composite and customers can’t see the graphics that make them so impressive versus a Wii.

    Of course, how many stores do you go in and see a same feed on all the TV’s and you look at the back and the only thing connected to each is a piece of COAX! Now I know you can get HD over COAX, but how many stores are setup with the bandwidth backend to do that?

  3. Mehar Gill on September 4th, 2008 11:34 am

    It’s all really a format war, when a new tech is introduced stores want it to compete with the old tech and they want to even the playing field has much as possible. In the end the stores make their profit leaving the manufacturer’s at a loss.

  4. Jonsson on September 4th, 2008 11:43 am

    The same thing always happens at the biggest electronics retailer near where I live. The have a reasonably big setup of several 100′s of LCD and plasmas that you can compare but all of them are feed the crappiest possible signal so anything above 32 inches simply looks like … you guessed it … crap! No wonder people wont upgrade their old CRT sets!

    The problem today is that the majority of the personnel at big stores have big troubles explaining the difference between to models of electric shavers. Trying to get them to set up a modern TV set is like asking the Pope to quote the Koran.

  5. Oscar Bustos on September 4th, 2008 3:58 pm

    that’s f-ing funny.

  6. Ryan on September 4th, 2008 7:12 pm

    @ David B

    The bandwidth isn’t a problem. They do that because the other method (component video) was too problematic, and also expensive to run all those TVs as far as equipment needed etc. How would you propose it if you ran the store?

  7. Justin Sluss on September 7th, 2008 9:09 pm

    hahaha people are so stupid they still use RCA Video jacks?! My god!

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