The next model of the blu-ray standalone will be approx. $600 so that is coming down from $1000. I'm not going to buy one till they are in the $300 range.
I just saw this at Fry's; you can get a playstation 3 for $600.
built-in blu-ray disc player, hdmi output, blue tooth tech., wi-fi wireless and more.
If the disc isn't so expensive, I'd be out there getting one now, hehe.