With Blu-ray Disc the high-definition winner, it will no
longer have to play in any sort of numbers race against a competing format.
Still, that does not prevent tracking firms from keeping tabs on the gradual
growth of the format.
Particularly since the beginning of 2008, when the writing
was freshly written on the wall thanks
to Warner Bros., Blu-ray Disc sales have picked up the pace considerably.
According to Hollywood in
Hi-Def, HMR research figured that Blu-ray Disc movie sales hit the 3
million mark in the first 11 weeks of this year. Should the pace continue, the
format should hit at least 15 million units for 2008.
To put things into perspective, only 6 million Blu-ray Disc
movies were sold since the format’s inception through 2007. While the growing
number of players on the market directly affects software sales, consumers may
now be willing to purchase more software with HD
DVD out of the picture.
Helping push Blu-ray Disc to the nine million total mark as
of mid-March was Miramax’s recent release of No Country For Old Men. Spurred by its Oscar win for Best Picture, No Country For Old Men sold 68,000 units
within its first week of release – twice as many as the second best-selling
Blu-ray Disc movie, Hitman.
quote: It will take time for people to eventually switch over just like it did for VHS to DVD. 6 years from now, DVD will be VHS.
quote: Every film that comes out in a Blu-Ray format looks way better than the same title in DVD format.
quote: Nobody seems to remember when VHS came out those crappy decks cost $300 - $400.00 and this was way back in the mid 1980's
quote: I guess some people have never seen a DVD on a 50in LCD, it looks terrible! In fact most high def monitors don't play anything standard def that looks good. Sure on a 27" glass tube DVD looks pretty good, but not on these new Hi-def LCD's.
quote: Are you argreeing or disagreeing with me?
quote: As the size of the TV gets larger the difference really makes a huge improvement.
quote: Every film that comes out in a Blu-Ray format looks way better than the same title in DVD format. You don't need to be a geek to notice the difference, just a pair of eyes.
quote: when he decides to go back and give water to the dead mexican.
quote: The quality of a DVD suits me just fine.
quote: If you compare equal sized LCD and CRT TV's
quote: To put things into perspective, only 6 million Blu-ray Disc movies were sold since the format’s inception through 2007.
quote: According to Hollywood in Hi-Def, HMR research figured that Blu-ray Disc movie sales hit the 3 million mark in the first 11 weeks of this year. Should the pace continue, the format should hit at least 15 million units for 2008.
quote: Since I doubt many Blu-ray releases even come close to filling a 50GB disc.
quote: you wont see any Blu Ray players under $400
quote: This leads me to think that most people wouldn't see any difference between a 4.7GB DVD made with a mpeg 4 codec and the 25 GB Blu-ray version of it.
quote: But who has a 1080p TV? Most people I know with HDTVs, including myself, only have 720p TVs.
quote: At 1080p, you really need a huge TV to get the full effect...
quote: ...which most people either can't afford or don't have room for.
quote: You guys are also forgetting that we're living in an age where people prefer low quality MP3 files instead of CDs and LPs.
quote: Why would video be any different?
quote: While 720p offers 2.67x the resolution, most people don't notice the difference between it and an upscaled DVD.
quote: Just because the 10, 20, or 30 houses you have visited do not have 1080P, does not mean the other 3 billion in the world do not have one.
quote: Because poor quality can cause eye strain after so long.
quote: Also the 'better' the picture quality, the more immersive the movie will become.
quote: There is a reason it is called High Definition, enough said.
quote: I want to watch it in full surround sound, 1080p
quote: I doubt mom and pop know how to go onto their xbox (if they have one) and download the movie they want to watch.
quote: If they do not have or know how to use an xbox then I doubt "mom and pop" HAVE full surround sound, 1080p anyway.
quote: Well, I can tell you dont do any downloading because actual DVD rips are usually about 1.4 GB's (due to compression) and the quality is pretty decent.
quote: By the time it goes mainstream (if ever) something else will have come along to replace it.
quote: Looks like SACD/DVD-A all over again. The public are happy with what they have already - DVD!
quote: Oh really? And how many DVD's had been sold since it's release? And DVD didn't have a competing format other than VHS at the time.
quote: A lot. Last year sometime I commented about some obscure exercise DVD that by itself (in one year) had outsold all of Blu-Ray combined sales to date (by a lot).
quote: Wow compared to DVD sales thats almost next to nothing.