Back in our CES 2009 preview, we predicted that we might see a $150 Blu-ray player at the show, but the best we got were a pair for $200 units from Vizio and Memorex. Well, we weren't off by too much if you put any stock in a recent report from the Economic Daily News, which suggests that Lite-On will offer a Blu-ray player for $150 in 2009. One of the biggest barriers to widespread Blu-ray adoption has been expensive hardware, but $150 starts getting real close to "impulse purchase" level.
There aren't any additional details on the story, but it makes sense considering that Lite-On already makes Blu-ray drives for PCs. Lite-On also has some history in the home theater space, as the company made several models of budget DVD-recorder/VCR combos. Whether from Lite-On or somebody else, we'd almost be surprised if we didn't see a $150 Blu-ray player by the end of the year.
Do you think Blu-ray players will hit $150 by the end of 2009? If they do, will Blu-ray truly go mainstream? Let us know in the comments.