The North American HD DVD Promotional Group have announced that more
than 100,000 dedicated HD DVD players have sold in the U.S. in its first year
since the format’s introduction to the market. This figure does not include
sales of HD DVD PC drives or the Xbox 360 HD DVD player.
Earlier this month, Toshiba dropped prices on its line
of HD DVD players, with the entry-level HD-A2 coming in just below
the $400 mark.
“Toshiba remains committed to drive sales with strategic
pricing and marketing to complement the rapid market adoption of HDTVs,” said
Jodi Sally, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Consumer Products. “Retailers
are showing a significant increase in sales volume this month so far. On
Amazon.com, our HD DVD players continue to rank among the top ten best sellers
of all DVD players, which says a lot about how consumers relate to price.”
Although raw sales of movies currently favor Blu-ray, the HD
DVD Promotion Group points out that it leads in the area of standalone players.
The vast majority of Blu-ray capable machines are in the form of Sony’s latest
games console, the PlayStation 3.
The HD DVD Promotional Group also points out that its format
currently has the edge on mandatory special features, such as a network
connection, picture-in-picture, persistent storage, and decode support for
Dolby True HD. Consumers can also enjoy combo discs that include a DVD version
as well as an HD version on a single disc for playback on a variety of
HD DVD’s mandatory HDi support has Warner Home Video releasing
‘timed exclusives’ for the HD DVD format. Titles such as Batman Begins, V for Vendetta and Poseidon appear only on HD DVD, though those movies will see
eventual release on Blu-ray following the mandatory inclusion of
picture-in-picture BD-Java support. The Complete Matrix Trilogy
is coming in May on HD DVD first, with a Blu-ray version to follow later in the
quote: Although raw sales of movies currently favor Blu-ray, the HD DVD Promotion Group points out that it leads in the area of standalone players. The
quote: our HD DVD players continue to rank among the top ten best sellers of all DVD players, which says a lot about how consumers relate to price.”
quote: ...I think we *all* will be screwed, regardless of which "camp" we favor.
quote: But your Joe consumer, while not preferring one format over another, will look at the movies available before dropping several hundreds on a player, and be just as disgusted as we all are.I prefer blu-ray right now for the sole reason that far more movies that I want to purchase are blu-ray exclusives, than the number of movies I want that are hd-dvd exclusives. So I bought a PS3. I don't own any PS3 games, but do have 6 blu-ray movies, and likely will buy Planet Earth next week. That's precisely why console sales *do* count in these statistics.Even the releases coming out later this year, there are like 7-8 blu-ray exclusives I'm very interested in, compared to just 2 hd-dvd exclusives.Read my other comment on this topic to see why I think we *all* will be screwed, regardless of which "camp" we favor.
quote: However this means the HD war is still on which means confused consumers until there is a clear winner.