part of what appears to be a continuing trend since the beginning of 2007,
sales of Blu-ray Disc titles have once again been ahead of those of HD DVD for
the month of March. Sony Pictures’ Casino Royale held on to the top spot again
for the month, selling more than 59,000 units. In contrast, the top selling HD
DVD was this year’s best picture winner, The Departed,
with 16,000 units sold.
think retailers will start to dedicate more space to Blu-ray, rather than split
it half and half,” Sony worldwide president David Bishop said to Video Business.
“That will further send a signal to consumers that it is the dominant format.”
of the reasons cited again for HD DVD’s lag in sales is due to the format’s
lack of exclusive, blockbuster titles thus far. The HD DVD-only Children of
Men released late March is expected to help bolster its format’s numbers,
though the movie was released
with several compatibility issues.
remains undying in its support for HD DVD, though the studio’s VP marketing Ken
Graffeo said that Blu-ray is likely to continue its sales lead until the fourth
quarter, when HD DVD see the holiday releases of summer blockbusters. “Fourth
quarter is really going to be a telling time,” he said.
could continue to be a deciding factor in swaying consumers towards HD DVD. The
retails for $399 and is currently cheaper than any Blu-ray player on the
market. HD DVD will continue to hold the price advantage even after Sony
releases its $599
BDP-S300 this summer.
from Wal-Mart may be a big factor in penetrating the mainstream market,
although it is still unclear which format the upcoming machines will support.
“It comes down to bringing it to the general audience at a price that they’re
willing to pay,” Graffeo said, underscoring the importance of the mass market.
Blu-ray Association announced earlier this week that it had reached a one
million units sold milestone in less than a year, while the HD DVD Group
was proud to announce that it has sold over 100,000
standalone players in its first year of inception.
quote: The film hit the shops on Monday March 19th and managed to sell a breathtaking 1,622,852 units in its first week of release, making it the most successful selling DVD for first week sales, in the UK, ever.
quote: Makes that presumably world-wide Blu-Ray number basically "nothing".
quote: in the month the Matrix trilogy is released exclusively on HD-DVD
quote: I wager that for that month, HD-DVD will "win".
quote: It doesn't matter how much an HD-DVD player costs when only a couple of studios are releasing films on the format. Blu-ray has the lead when it comes to studio popularity, and it's probably only a matter of time until Universal is forced to use Blu-ray as well. It doesn't make sense for them to ignore all of those PS3s that get sold every day.
quote: DVD upscaling players are more then capable for most people over component (720p/1080i) at prices close to $100;
quote: I just bought a Philips DVP5960/37 for $55 that does 480p/720p/1080i upscaling over component or HDMI
quote: Take a look at High Definition Video Recorders/Players, they have been out for several years but still cost $1000 a piece and are just about dead.
quote: Third, newer camers are HD quality, thus all future films will be filmed in HD quality. and DVD will be left behind to those who can not afford HD.
quote: I hate PS3 compared to XBOX 360 and i would be really depressed if BluRay won this competition. Also BluRay is just too expensive they need to lower their price if they really want to pull ahead. Also i believe porn is only coming on HDDVD so that will help it out.
quote: The PS3 is twice the price of a 360 REGARDLESS of features
quote: The major nod for Blu-Ray is the standardized protective layer that should eliminate 90% of scratches.