DVDGood Blu-ray news comes with bad
Sales of Blu-ray discs in the first quarter nearly doubled those of the same period last year, according to a recent report from Adams Research -- 9 million this year vs. 4.8 million in 2008. Adams also reported that there are now 10.5 million U.S. households with a Blu-ray player -- a PlayStation 3 or a set-top model. Good news, right? Sure -- but look at those two figures again. In the first three months of the year, less than one Blu-ray title was bought per household that has a suitable player. Blame the PS3 owners. They represent about 8 million of those U.S. Blu-ray households, and they're clearly just gaming. So while Blu-ray backers are trumpeting the positive first-quarter numbers, they should be more concerned that most people who have a Blu-ray player - a PS3 -- aren't actually buying Blu-ray releases.
Out today: "American Dad!" (Vol. 4), "Barbra Streisand: The Concerts," "Bride Wars," "Hotel for Dogs," "In the Realm of the Senses," "Little Dorritt," "Mission: Impossible" (Season 6), "Spin City" (Season 2), "Star Trek: The Original Series -- Season 1" (Blu-ray), "The Uninvited," "The Waltons" (Season 9), "What Doesn't Kill You."
WEBWelcome to the online generation gap
Here's a true sign of the times: I recently sent my 13-year-old daughter a message on Facebook with my wife's gift wish list for Mother's Day. I asked my daughter to decide what she wanted to get and then forward the list to her 16-year-old sister to do the same. The reason for the relay? My older daughter is too cool to have her father as a friend on Facebook, so I can't e-mail her directly. (Ignore the fact that I could just talk to her. She's not always up for that, either.) My younger daughter replied with her pick. She added, though, that she couldn't forward the message -- because her older sister won't friend her, either.
RANDY A. SALAS