What will Blu-ray Product cost?
As with any new technology the first
generation of products will likely be quite expensive due to low
production volumes. However, this shouldn't be a problem for
long as there is a wide range of Blu-ray related products (players,
etc) planned, which should help drive up production volumes and
lower overall production costs. Once mass production of
components for Blu-ray products begins the prices are expected
to fall quickly.
According to the Blu-ray Disc Association, the overall cost of
manufacturing Blu-ray Disc media will in the end be no more
expensive than producing a DVD. The reduced injection molding
costs (one molding machine instead of two, no birefringence
problems) offset the additional cost of applying the cover layer
and low cost hard-coat, while the techniques used for applying
the recording layer remain the same. As production volumes
increase the production costs should fall and eventually be
comparable to DVDs.