Warner’s announcement at CES 2008 regarding its high-definition
allegiance appears to have an immediate effect on the buying tendencies of
the consumer market.
Throughout 2007, Blu-ray Disc sales have consistently
outsold HD DVD by a factor of around double; but starting the week coinciding
with CES 2008 up to January 13, those numbers shifted noticeably further in Blu-ray
According to numbers from Nielsen, reported by Home
Media Magazine, Blu-ray Disc sales were 85 percent of the
high-definition split. The 85/15 split between the two rival formats represented
the largest gulf yet, according historical data charted in the High-Def Digest forums.
Of the top ten best-selling high-definition movies for the
week, all were Blu-ray Disc. For the major new releases on each format, 3:10 To Yuma on Blu-ray Disc and The Kingdom on HD DVD, the former
outsold the later by ten-fold.
Although Warner will continue to release HD DVD product
through May, the movie company has already put into action its separation
The Invasion (Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig) was originally
slated for a January 29 release on both formats, but now the HD DVD version has
been pushed back three weeks to February 19. The Blu-ray Disc version retains
the original January 29 date.
An even bigger delta will hit The Assassination of Jesse
James (Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck), which will release on HD DVD on March 19,
while the Blu-ray Disc will street on February 5.
Even older movies from Warner’s catalog will see a staggered
release. Twister (Helen Hunt, Bill
Paxton) will touch down on Blu-ray Disc on May 6, with the HD DVD version on
May 27. The late May release for Twister
could grant it with the trivia of being the first DVD pressed and last HD DVD
released from Warner Bros.
quote: That was such uber pwnage.
quote: No one currently believes HD-DVD or dual format will persist, so they are cutting their losses and refusing to buy additional HD-DVD titles.
quote: Do you expect HD DVDs to cease functioning at some point? Personally I'm not going to hold out for Paramount and Universal to go blu to buy their movies, if I want a title I'm going to juts buy it, that's that. Planet earth is also amazing on HD DVD, so I got that in red as well :)
quote: Yeah, people tend to forget, marking someone down was meant for people who post overly offensive material
quote: if you don't agree you vote someone down without even a rebuttle
quote: If this site wasn't linked to anandtech, I wouldn't even care to look anymore, it's gone so downhill since the days it was simply a part of it.
quote: PS3 sales will slow as SA blu ray and hd dvd will gain faster over time.
quote: What exactly did he say that was wrong?
quote: 1. It has no internal IR sensor.Although a one may be purchased for less than $20, it still cannot turn it on and off with the remote. That is no big deal really because you have to be physically at the player to put a disc in anyway.
quote: /sigh. I thought the maturity level here was better than a game forum.
quote: If BD wins tomorrow
quote: The consensus is don't touch hd-dvd, even your mainstream buyers will know that. Now with every sales rep across the country recommending to stay away from hd-dvd that negative word of mouth is about to get very loud.Consumers are very predictable, thats why all those market analysts have jobs.
quote: Maybe now you can see why blu ray backers think you hd-dvd clowns should all be slapped.
quote: You won't be seeing any fines handed out to any of the studios
quote: Toshiba makes a smart move, after testing/analysing consumer choices & preferences,by their ability to upscale standard-definition content for HDTVs.
quote: With DVD upconversion via the HDMI output, HD DVD players instantly make a movie lover's existing DVD library look better than ever
quote: I have a $70 Sony (standard)DVD/CD all-format player with upconversion to 1080i/720p via its HDMI output. Bought it at Costco about a year ago. Great try Toshiba.... Move on.
quote: The title for the article has no relation to the article itself. No evidence was shown in the article that Warner's announcement had any impact on Blu-Rays figures, of the top five blu-ray movies none of them were from Warner, the top selling one is from Lionsgate Studios.
quote: It doesn't say sales tip toward blu ray because of the Warner announcement.
quote: Warner’s announcement at CES 2008 regarding its high-definition allegiance appears to have an immediate effect on the buying tendencies of the consumer market.
quote: Add on to that the fact that Disney is 100% Blu-Ray and it makes HD-DVD even less family-friendly.
quote: Amen to that, how could anyone ever go HD-DVD, Bambi in High Def.. I live for this shit...
quote: All Blu-ray movies produced have been 15 GB or less so far, with identical content to the HD-DVD version.
quote: it just makes it easier for me to convince my wife we need a Blu-Ray player.
quote: I'm no math professor but the ratio can increase simply by reducing the number of HD-DVD's purchased... it's not a good correlation to assume it was due to an increase of BR sales.
quote: Nothing on earth is a need. In the end every single thing comes down to want. If you don't want to live you don't need food and shelter. Don't want to breathe, don't need air.
quote: Those with older players will be able to play all the new discs just fine. The few hundred thousand early adopters who bought their old 1.0 players not caring about those features in the first place aren't likely to be shedding tears of blood over yet another peice of hd-dvd fud.
quote: The 2.0 profile brings picture-in-picture and online functionality to Blu-ray discs; these movies will have "BD-Live" stickers on the case so you know certain features will require 2.0-compliant players. Discs that only require 1.1 profile players will be adorned with "Bonus View" stickers. Are we confused yet?
quote: Updates are done by Downloading on a PC and burning the update onto a CD or DVD. Not rocket science.
quote: Seriously, I throw out 600 bucks every second year sometimes every year for a video card, some people throw out 600 bucks for a box of cigars.
quote: I wonder how many of those Blu Ray sales were to rental stores as opposed to end users?
quote: An even bigger delta will hit The Assassination of Jesse James (Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck), which will release on HD DVD on March 19, while the Blu-ray Disc will street on February 5.