Yahoo Names Blu-ray in Their Worst Tech of 2008 List!

Posted by Mehar Gill on December 22, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Format War

Yahoo has never been very friendly with Blu-ray, often lashing out at the product for various reasons. While constructing a year end “Best and Worst Tech Products” list, Blu-ray was named as one of the 3 worst technologies of the year, could Blu-ray even count as a 2008 technology having been on the market for over to 2 years?

I’m happy to see that Blu-ray players have come down in price… but the media has not, and there’s no way I’m paying $25 to watch Step Brothers. Plus the technology is still, bafflingly, dog-slow. There’s a very loud and vocal minority that insists that Blu-ray will be a huge success. The market would seem to indicate otherwise.

Take the list with a grain of salt, the last time we checked Rock Band 1.5 2 and Hulu weren’t tech products.


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9 Responses to “Yahoo Names Blu-ray in Their Worst Tech of 2008 List!”

  1. Darkknight on December 22nd, 2008 3:12 am

    This is some moron’s blog. Yahoo listed as one of the best programs on the internet. And blu ray hardware and software sales prove that this particular moron doesn’t know what he is talking about. Probably still watches movies on VHS.

  2. webdev511 on December 22nd, 2008 7:46 am

    Rock Band is a tech product, but Hulu is more of a tech service.

    They did hit the nail on the head with high disc prices and slow load times (thank you BD-Java!) Of course they might not know about how badly BD25 can wreak a release.

  3. David Partida on December 22nd, 2008 5:24 pm

    I remeber reading this like a week ago….and was very upset that they labled blu-ray as one of the worst products out for 2008. I seriously think that this person honestly has no idea what they are talking about.

  4. Ryan on December 22nd, 2008 6:41 pm

    While I agree with the fact that Blu Ray is not a circa 2008 product, it is however a large technology staple in 2008 – we heard about it wherever we went shopping, on TV and online banner ads.

    I don’t agree it is one of the worst, but I do however agree with the reviewer’s assessment of the current state of Blu Ray. The player prices have come down, (face it – they weren’t that expensive last year anyway) but they are so annoyingly slow! And the media is a huge reason I haven’t adopted the technology fully (I don’t own any discs, but I’ve had a player for a few years now).

    Most of the people I see buying HDTV sets are buying or planning on buying BD players, but have not or don’t plan to buy the discs. They’re just using them as glorified upconvert players, or preparing for the future at the same time they buy their set. I have met a lot of folks who plan on renting, and told a lot of fence sitters that renting is a great option – and truthfully makes the most sense.

    During the format war everyone was arguing which player would be cheaper etc – who cares? You buy a player once, maybe twice sometimes or for other rooms but the discs are the price killer.

    Blu Ray will not take off until the disc prices come down, simple as that.

  5. Mehar Gill on December 22nd, 2008 7:26 pm


    There not blogs in the traditional sense, they only have like 5 and that’s were the authors write their stories which appear on the actual site.

  6. DavidB on December 23rd, 2008 7:11 am

    Either the author has a crappy TV or needs his eyes checked if he only sees a little difference between a movie on upscaled DVD versus the same movie on Blu-ray. Or he’s got a nice TV and is viewing from so far away of course he can’t tell a difference.

  7. Joel Schaffer on December 23rd, 2008 7:26 am

    The same Yahoo blog predicted Blu-ray to expand market share on 12.16.2008 [about a week earlier]…………This blogger exclaimed that he ran from Blu-ray screaming???? Over slow load times & movies that are a few dollars more than their DVD equivalent????

    Not very realistic + he certainly has it ALL wrong.

    My S-550 is just as fast as either my 60Gb or 80Gb PS3s………..loading time is NOT that slow especially if you disable the automatic download of BD Live content…it is like 20 – 25 seconds to play the movie. But this blogger obviously has no time to change the player settings…prior to inserting a disc.

    The blogger needs to remember that the early DVD players [1997 - 2000] were not progressive scan, load times verging on ETERNITY and required the user to get up & flip the DVD over half way through the movie….and those were $499 DVD players in 1999 / 2000 priced no where near Blu-ray players in 2008 only 2 years after debut.

    My S-550 with a MSRP of $499 was $299 w/ Free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime that’s $200 below MSRP

    My 80Gb PS3 was $499 w/ 10 free movies from Wal-Mart & 5 free movies in the mail [Nov. 2007]

    The only player I paid retail for was my 60Gb PS3 in Nov. 2006 @ launch….

    BTW, don’t buy movies at B&M type stores…BestBuy, Circuit City etc…go to Amazon where they NEVER charge MSRP + Free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime or check Wal-Mart who has tons of Blu-ray movies priced between $9.99 – $19.99.

    There are MANY low cost options that the consumer could & should take advantage of, it isn’t the studios’ fault or the B&M retailer fault for trying to see what the traffic will bear….they’re only taking a shot and they are allowed to.

    This blogger is TOTALLY disingenuous. There are MANY reasons to go Blu-ray especially if you own a HDTV, have a home theater with 5.1 or 7.1 sound etc…and if you are into high end audio like DVD A & SACD this is the gift that just keeps giving.

    Check out Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon SACD, Jimi Hendrix Live at Monterey [Blu-ray], Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock [Blu-ray], The Who: Kilburn 1977 [Blu-ray], Paul McCartney: The Space Within US [Blu-ray], RUSH Snakes and Arrows Live [Blu-Ray], Led Zeppelin The Song Remains the Same [Blu-Ray], Dave Gilmour On An Island [Blu-ray] & get back to me…………………..

  8. Mehar Gill on December 23rd, 2008 8:06 am


    Or maybe it’s small?

  9. Roberta on January 14th, 2009 9:12 pm

    Kill Blu-Ray and bring on 4k! Why settle for lossy video when 4k reveals ALL film resolution. Films are currently being archived at 4k, which is 4 times the resolution of Blu-Ray. Blu0Ray is the MP3 of video.


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