You know the drill by now, every year around this time the Blu-ray disc format enters under suspicion that it won't measure up, with too many competitors already in place or on the way. Despite delivering improved second gen players
in 2007, and a surprise victory over HD DVD to open CES '08
, today's New York Times
leads up to the electronics show with an article pointing out Blu-ray's fuzzy future. Whether or not 2009 is Blu-ray's last, best chance to prove it can properly replace DVD, we all know what's necessary to leave the niche product tag behind. In the face of growing Internet video delivery and tightening consumer spending, we'll see if there's at least one more command performance left in discs.