Will Internet kill the Blu-ray market?

PC Advisor reports that two of the technology analyst firms out there, iSuppli and Gartner, are saying that Blu-ray, fresh from its victory over HD-DVD, is facing another up-hill battle against a more formidable adversary in the form of internet downloads.

Or is it? Although internet downloads are bound to become more popular over the forthcoming months, there are a number of factors that separate the Internet boys from the High Def disks men.

A double sided Blu-Ray disk packs up to 50GB, which is more than some of us download over a month; the sheer amount of information that those disks contain would make downloading extremely difficult over a normal broadband line.

It would require a significant increase like a 50mbps broadband line, together with a removal of download limits in order for high definition movie downloads to become a viable alternative.

For example, a 200-second from Apple's store weighs in at 69MB while the similar high resolution file weighs an astounding 226MB, that nearly four times the amount of information, meaning that a two-hour movie would probably require 8GB to be downloaded.

Blu ray costs are also bound to fall, even faster than DVDs, mainly because unlike DVDs (where DVD+R had to cohabit with DVD-RAM and DVD-R), Blu-Ray has the whole high definition market for itself.

As for the drives themselves, Microsoft is rumoured to be preparing a Blu-ray drive for the XBox 360 and the Playstation 3 already comes with one.

Also, the emergence of larger than life TV screens (42-inch and above) means that quality footage, without the artefacts created by compression, will be paramount for an exceptional visual experience.