From iPhone 4 antenna issues to Apple’s stance on Mac development, Steve Jobs has been on an email tear as of late. In one particular email exchange, Jobs all but dashed any hope that upcoming Macs will come equipped with Blu-Ray players. When specifically asked why the recent Mac Mini refresh didn’t include Blu-Ray support, Jobs responded:
Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD – like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats.
… And the downloadable movie business is rapidly moving to free (Hulu) or rentals (iTunes) so storing purchased movies or TV shows is not an issue.
I think you may be wrong – we may see a fast broad move to streamed free and rental content at sufficient quality (at least 720p) to win almost everyone over.
Nothing too earth shattering, really, but the Blu-Ray Disc Association got wind of Jobs’ remarks and, not surprisingly, they don’t share Jobs’ sentiments.
SetteB.it got ahold of Andy Parsons, chairman of the Blu-Ray Disc Association, and asked him what he thought about Jobs’ remarks. Parson responded:
According to market analysis, Blu-ray Disc has a rate of adoption is very similar to that of DVD at the same seniority (18 million U.S. homes with Blu-ray in Q4 ’10, the same numbers as the penetration of DVD to Q1 of the fifth year on the market of that size, Adams Media Research), we agree that the Internet will increase its importance to both stream that content to download, but we do believe that the physical media like Blu-ray Disc will continue to dominate for many years, due to ease of use, high durability, and certainly the ability to deliver high definition experience and quality available anywhere.