Three Reasons Why Blu-ray Is Not as Popular as Expected

It has been over a decade since the existence of Blu-ray discs. Is Blu-ray getting more and more popular? Has Blu-ray already left its predecessor DVD far behind? Does the sales of Blu-ray discs surpass that of DVD? I am afraid that answers to those questions are an absolute “No”.

After the release of Blu-ray in 2006, Blu-ray was once set as the standard for home video entertainment. Thanks to its ultra high definition, Blu-ray was warmly welcomed by movie fans all around the globe. However, Blu-ray is not as popular as expected. Although Blu-ray is far clearer in screen definition and Blu-ray disc contains more data that its DVD counterpart, the sales of Blu-ray disc cannot match that of DVD disc. Instead, the Blu-ray sales has stagnated in recently years, and we have not seen much improvement. In comparison, DVD still enjoys its great popularity like it did before.

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The highest quality definition Blu-ray disc offers cannot guarantee the popularity of Blu-ray, and Blu-ray fails to leave DVD behind. The reasons as to why Blu-ray is not as popular as people expect might be a little complicated, but here I make a list of several reasons.

  1. High price of Blu-ray disc/player

Containing more data and providing ultra high definition video content, Blu-ray disc costs more for sure. The average price of Blu-ray disc is $30 while DVD disc, having the same features as the Blu-ray disc, costs $20 on average. For some people who just want to watch the movie, they do not think it is wise to spend $10 more, which is especially the case in comedies or other films as they do not have special effects like 3D technology. On the other hand, the price of a Blu-ray player on average will be double that of a DVD player. Although we can switch to Blu-ray player software like Leawo Free Blu-ray Player, we need to install a Blu-ray drive on our computer, and the Blu-ray drive also costs much money. Therefore the high price of Blu-ray decreases the popularity of Blu-ray disc. For many people, they prefer DVD to Blu-ray.

 

  1. Limitation of Blu-ray discs

Blu-ray discs have limitation for playback. On one hand, to play Blu-ray on computer, you need to install a Blu-ray drive considering that many modern computers and laptops are equipped with a DVD drive only, and then to play Blu-ray content with the help of a piece of Blu-ray player software. Computer’s lack of the Blu-ray drive makes Blu-ray discs not as popular as DVD discs among computer users. On the other hand, to play Blu-ray movie on HD TV, you need to make use of a Blu-ray player device. Not every household owns a Blu-ray player. But for DVD player, it is different. It is reported that every household in the USA owns at least one DVD player, and the DVD format has become the standard of video entertainment.

 

  1. Advanced and mature video streaming technology

Nowadays, online video streaming companies such as Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, are becoming more and more popular. Accordingly, their video streaming technology is much improved. Not limited to HD movies, 4K UHD movies can be streamed from online to your 4K television set in your living room. Without going to Blu-ray stores or shopping online, people can directly watch high definition movies while lying on couch at home. In order to win market share, video streaming companies is lowering the price of streaming media, and at the same time improving the quality of the media.

Blu-ray discs are expected to win some market share that once belonged to DVD discs. However, things did not go as we wish. Most people are reluctant to spend extra $10 on per disc, and the high price of a Blu-ray player device prevents them from trying new media. The incompatibility of Blu-ray discs also affects the popularity of Blu-ray although there is increase in quality and sound. As video streaming technology is getting maturer, it is estimated that there will be less of a need for physical media. The convenience of streaming video makes directly watching UHD movie content while lying on couch possible. Taking three reasons mentioned above into consideration, we can naturally accept the fact that Blu-ray is not as popular as expected.

An All-Round Look at Leawo Blu-Ray Ripper

Nowadays, almost every movie distributor would produce a Blu-ray version (sometimes even 3D Blu-ray disc) of a newly-released movie. To play Blu-ray content, we need a Blu-ray player, but if we would like to play Blu-ray content on our portable electronic gadgets like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android Smartphone, Android Tablet, etc., we need to rip and convert Blu-ray content with some Blu-ray ripping programs beforehand. Blu-ray ripping programs are very popular among people who have the need to rip and convert Blu-ray discs. Among those programs, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is one of the most popular. Let’s take an all-round look at this Blu-ray ripping program below.

Overview:

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper provides a professional solution for us to rip and convert Blu-ray content (DVD included) to video of various formats such as MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MKV, etc. In addition to outputting video files, it is able to extract audio from source Blu-ray or DVD file and save as MP3, AAC, WMA, and other popular audio formats. It offers an internal video editor for us to customize output video file, including 2D Blu-ray/DVD to 3D video creation. It is a multi-language program that supports English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, etc.

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Three Movie Loading Modes:

The moment I imported a Blu-ray file into Leawo Blu-ray Ripper, I was asked to select a movie loading mode from three preset movie loading modes: Full Movie, Main Movie, and Custom Mode.  In order to make clear what these three modes are, I tried them one by one. When I selected Full Movie mode, all titles or chapters of Blu-ray/DVD disc/folder were loaded into the program while only one title or chapter was loaded under Main Movie mode (by default the longest one is selected), and I was allowed to choose desired title(s) or chapter(s) at will under Custom Mode.

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Five Video Editing Features:

After the loading of Blu-ray or DVD file, I am able to edit the source content for customized output content via the internal video editor where five video editing features are provided. I can trim video size to get rid of boring parts of the video, add text or image watermark upon video, crop video to remove unwanted black region, adjust video effect, and create 3D video.

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Internal Video Player:

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper allows us to select subtitle and audio track for output file. We can get an instant preview of the output file with the internal video player. All settings (trimming, watermark, cropping, effect, and 3D) together with subtitle and audio track chosen can be previewed. Therefore, before ripping, we can rest assured that we would get exactly what we want. During playback, we can take screenshot as well.

 

Video Clips Merger:

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper allows us to merge all files into one. There are usually more than one titles or chapters within a Blu-ray or DVD disc or folder. For convenience, we can merge all titles into one single file. During merging video clips, we can arrange the order of each video clip as well. Of course, we can separate them to the original status if we want.

 

Supported File Formats and Devices:

Leawo Blu-ray Ripper Supported File Formats and Devices
 

Input File Format

Blu-ray: Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder

DVD: DVD disc, DVD folder

Image (watermark): TIFF, TIF, GIF, PNG, BMP, JPEG, JPG, ICO, EMF, WMF

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output File Format

Audio: FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, M4R, MP2, MP3, OGG, AU, WAV, WMA, MKA

Video: 3D video formats: 3D MP4, 3D WMV, 3D AVI, 3D MKV, 3D YouTube video, etc.

HD video formats: HD MP4, HD AVI, HD MOV, HD TS, HD TRP, HD VOB, HD MPG, HD WMV, HD ASF

Common video formats: MP4-AVC, MP4-XviD, MP4-H.264, AVI, ASF, WEBM, MOV, RMVB, FLV, F4V, TS, DAT, WMV, MKV, XviD, DV, MPEG-1 NTSC, MPEG-1 PAL/SECAM, MPEG-2 NTSC, MPEG-2 PAL/SECAM, DVD-Video NTSC, DVD-Video PAL/SECAM, 3GP, 3G2, DPG

Image (snapshot): PNG, BMP, JPEG

 

 

 

Output Device

Apple devices like iPhone 6, 6s, Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone, iPad mini 2, 3, 4, iPad Air 1, 2, iPad, New iPad, iPad mini, iPod Touch, iPod Touch 4, 5, 6, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, Apple TV; HTC devices like EVO 4G, Droid DNA, Desire, One S, One X, etc.; Samsung Devices; Sony Devices; Motorola devices; LG devices; Nokia devices; Microsoft devices; etc.

 

Pros and Cons:

Just like an old saying, “Every coin has two sides”, Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is no exception. Although this Blu-ray ripping program is powerful in ripping and converting Blu-ray and DVD, it does have some drawbacks. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Leawo Blu-ray Ripper below.

Pros:

  1. easy-to-use program interface
  2. rip and convert Blu-ray disc and DVD disc, decrypt protected Blu-ray/DVD disc, remove region code of Blu-ray/DVD disc
  3. rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD folder
  4. support a variety of video and audio output formats, and countless popular devices
  5. powerful video editing features and detailed parameters adjustable
  6. fast ripping and converting speed with NVIDIA CUDA/AMD APP/Intel Quick Sync acceleration technology

 

Cons:

  1. does not have “one-click to share on YouTube” button
  2. does not support 3D Blu-ray and 3D DVD input
  3. not free

 

Availability:

I got this Blu-ray ripping program from Leawo Software’s official website. My computer is running Windows operating system, so I downloaded and installed the Windows version of Leawo Blu-ray Ripper on my PC to have a free trail. Though I could only convert 5-minute content with the trial version, I found this program good for me. Therefore I spent $44.95 to get a one-year validity version for unlimited features. The lifetime version is available as well, but costs more of course. The Mac version namely Leawo Blu-ray Ripper for Mac is designed for some of us whose computers are running on Mac OS X.

 

Summary:

After frequently using the program, I can say that Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is an eligible Blu-ray ripping program for me to handle Blu-ray/DVD conversion issue. With it, I can watch Blu-ray or DVD content on my portable devices without quality loss. I understand that no program is entirely perfect. Although the program has some drawbacks, it is still my No. 1 choice when I need to rip and convert Blu-ray/DVD to video formats.