How Much Do Blu-ray Disc Players Cost?

Blu-ray disc players are a good entertainment value.

The Blu-ray Disc player is the unsung hero of home entertainment. Despite the dominance of streaming, Blu-ray players provide excellent HD home entertainment value at very affordable prices. 

Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray Disc Player
Sony Electronics

The Price of Entry

Blu-ray Disc players start as low as $59 (check dealers for lower prices). Most are priced in the $59 - $99 price range.

Software availability and format viability are not a major concern as studios release both recent and catalog titles each week. Blu-ray Disc movie titles are usually priced at $5 to $10 more than their DVD counterparts, but there are bargains to be had.

Three Ways to Save Money on Blu-Ray Disc Movies

  1. Order online from sites, such as Amazon.
  2. Follow local retailer weekly adds. New titles are usually released every Tues, and prices for new titles are usually discounted during the first week of release.
  3. Look out for discount bins, often located in store aisleways. Not all the titles are popular, but if a movie has been out on Blu-ray for over a year, you might find them in a bargain bin for $9.99 or less.

What Your Blu-ray Disc Player Dollars Buy

Starting with disc playback, here is an overview of what a Blu-ray Disc player can offer you.

Discs All Blu-ray Disc Players Are Compatible With

  • Blu-ray Discs
  • DVDs 
  • Audio CDs

Additional Disc formats Compatible On Select Blu-ray Players

Check the player's user guide for a list of all disc formats it may be compatible with. Blu-ray disc players can't play HD-DVD discs.

Added Capabilities Available on Select Blu-ray Disc Players

Just as with compatible disc formats, consult the user guide for additional feature support.

Blu-ray Disc Player Video/Audio Connectivity

All Blu-ray Disc players have HDMI outputs, but, depending on the model year, other available connections may vary.

The Choice Is Yours

If you want to best complement an HDTV, Blu-ray is a great choice, especially for what it does for the price. It most cases, it provides both flexible physical disc and internet streaming playback.

On the other hand, if you are on a limited budget or don't wish to take the Blu-ray plunge, for less than $50, there are still some good DVD players with 720p/1080i/1080p upscaling capability that can narrow the gap between standard DVD and Blu-ray, and you don't have to worry about your current DVD library becoming obsolete. Standard DVDs and players to play them will be around for some time. 

Manufacturers are making fewer upscaling DVD players as Blu-ray disc players can also fulfill that role.

If you are replacing an aging or broken DVD player and are using an HDTV to view your DVDs, upgrade to a Blu-ray disc player. Even if you're not interested in purchasing Blu-ray discs immediately, or building a collection, as prices of discs go down and the number of titles increases, you will find that the visual benefits of Blu-ray are worth taking advantage of, even if it's only occasionally.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Alternative

Although a Blu-ray disc player provides access to a lot of entertainment options, if you own, or considering, the purchase of a 4K Ultra HD TV, consider an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player

These players offer everything a Blu-ray disc player does with the addition of being able to play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and most players provide access 4K resolution content from select streaming services.

The move to Ultra HD Blu-ray does require a more costly investment, starting at about $149 for a player and about $5 to $10 more in the price of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (prices usually start at $29.99, but some are priced as low as $19.99). However, if you have a 4K Ultra HD TV 50 inches or larger, it's worth the upgrade.