Apr 10, 2006 - TDK Begins Shipping Blu-ray Recordable and Rewriteable Media
TDK today announced that it has begun shipping 25GB BD-R/BD-RE (recordable/rewriteable) media to retailers nationwide, making it the first to market with bare Blu-ray media. Retail pricing is set at $19.99 for a 25GB BD-R and $24.99 for a 25GB BD-RE. In addition, TDK will ship 50GB Blu-ray media later this year with retail pricing set at $47.99 for a 50GB BD-R and $59.99 for a 50GB BD-RE. TDK's Blu-ray Disc roadmap also reveals plans to further extend the format's speed and capacity in the future, proving that Blu-ray is truly future-ready. TDK technologies have already enabled creating 100GB, quad-layer Blu-ray Disc prototypes and blazing 216Mbps (6x) speed. The company is currently in the process of developing the world's first 200GB Blu-ray Disc prototype
I agree. They rushed it to market and set a price. Now everyone else will either fall in line with that price or it will be a benchmark which they all will undercut. But either way,over time the price will fall.
I think CJPC was talking about people with a DVD player in one room and a PC in the other wanting say 50 movied on one disk that they could just put in their player and watch. Of course a mediacenter PC is actually cheaper than a blueray reader (not to mention a writer or the cost of disks) and we don't know if a blueray reader could even read DIVX or MPEG2 files of a blueray disk, so....
Like i've said all along, they are targeting the richest 2% right now with money to blow on the newest tech regardless of practicality. It will be another few years before this stuff hits mainstream.