I remember the day I bought my first DVD player.  It was less than 24 hours after I watched my first DVD over a friend's house.  The difference from VHS to DVD blew my mind. You could view special features, choose scenes, and select different languages.  And the picture quality, well, that was the icing on the cake. The jump from VHS to DVD, in my eyes, was a no-brainer.  But from DVD to Blu-ray, I must admit I hesitated at first.

When Blu-ray first came out, I had no idea what all the hype was about. To me, they were just more expensive DVD players.  Sure, the picture quality was a little better.  But, in the grand scheme of things, the difference seemed marginal at best.  The high price combined with marginal improvements led a number of people, like me, to hold off on buying the latest technology.  But now, roughly 6 years later, is it finally time to buy a Blu-ray player?

At first, not many movies were available in Blu-ray format--also a lead contributor to my hesitation.  But if you walk into a movie store today, you'll see rows and rows of movies marked by the ubiquitous blue case.  These days, nearly all modern--and a lot of older--movies can be found in Blu-ray format.  Furthermore, over the past 6 years or so, prices have dropped as expected, but they're not expected to drop a whole lot more any time soon.

So now there are more movies available on Blu-ray, and compared to what they used to cost, they're much more affordable.  But is that enough to buy one? For years, your DVD player has got the job done just fine. Is it really worth buying a new player simply for better picture quality?

Undoubtedly, the main attraction to Blu-ray is the picture quality.  In some movies, like Avatar for example, the difference is breathtaking.  However, there's more to Blu-ray than just picture quality.  Blu-ray also features movie-quality sound and a much smoother viewing experience.  Load times have been enhanced Furthermore, since they have more storage space, Blu-ray discs also include more special features than the traditional DVD.

Buying new technology is often a crap shoot.  Will it be worth it? Should I wait?  With Blu-ray, a large portion of us waited.  But, eventually, we'll have to upgrade. We just have to ask is that time now?