Despite the end of the high definition disc war with HD DVD Blu-ray has not turned in to the runaway success Sony would like it to be. Recently though there have been signs Blu-ray is finally seeing signs of quantifiable success.
In Britain Futuresource reports consumers bought 462,500 Blu-ray discs in November, an increase of 165% from October. In France, Blu-ray's share of the optical disc market is expected to double next year to 6%. In Europe, overall Blu-ray player sales are expected to reach 2.5 million units in 2009 without including the PlayStation 3.
In Japan, research firm GFK Retail and Technology reports Blu-ray disc recorders have surpassed 50% market share a significant increase from October 2007 when Blu-ray disc recorders accounted for only 10% of the market. GFK also reports Blu-ray is replacing DVD 1.5 times faster than DVD replaced VHS.
For content, the Blu-ray version of the “The Dark Knight” sold 600,000 copies in one day according to TVPredictions breaking records for high definition disc sales. Of the 3 million combined copies of “The Dark Knight” sold, Blu-ray accounted for roughly 20%.
Finally, CDR Info reports that Pony/Canon will release the first movie title on a hybrid Blu-ray/DVD disc in Japan in February. The significance of this technology is the hybrid BD/DVD disc is compatible with current DVD and Blu-ray players. Also the DVD and Blu-ray layers can be accessed without needing to flip the disc.
The hybrid disc is intended to speed the transition to Blu-ray technology and was introduced nearly four years ago. The disc conforms to specifications released by the Blu-ray Disc Association for the "Blu-ray Disc, Hybrid Format". Infiniti storage media claims that it achieves a compatibility of 99% according to tests made on 64 Blu-ray and DVD players.
quote: by 9nails on December 23, 2008 at 12:49 AM Nice manors. But it's not polite to neglect all the other items that one must buy in order to watch the more expensive version of the same movie. First, you need this imaginary $100 player. But even then, you're only getting a portion the benefit since it wont be compatible with BD Live. You also need an HDMI cable to connect to your TV. And the TV is worthless if you don't have a set capable of 1080p and 120Hz. (Why buy obsolete equipment?) So figure spending $1,200 more on the TV set. And the built-in speakers sound like crap; surround sound is the new way to listen. So figure another $300 for an 8 channel LPCM speaker system. Ok, so now that we're all set and ready to watch Blu-Ray, the movies are going to look amazing for the $1,700 that we just spent. But wait, why don't movies look $1,700 better? You mean that we have to buy a larger TV to see the smaller pixels and appreciate the improvements or move the couch closer to the set? So now we've moved the couch, the movies we watch once or twice a week look fantastic, but now all my TV programs look like crap since we didn't upgrade our TV service - and the channels I watch aren't in HD anyways. What a waste of money. Thanks for the lousy recommendation. We should have just saved the difference and enjoyed the same movie on the lower costing DVD disk, and put the $1,700 into a stock that is at a record low...
quote: Yep, and you don't own a stream. You can't watch it as many times as you want free of charge. You can't watch it without internet access, take it to a friend's house, use it in a classroom.
quote: All those same things can be said about the print media (books, magazines, newspapers). And digital media is pounding their ass.
quote: And here is another benefit of downloadable media. it can't be stolen. With a media service like Steam (for games) your computer can catch fire or be stolen, but the content you already purchased can just be downloaded again for free.
quote: And also, how many of us have unwrapped DVD/BD media that have sat on the shelf for months or years? The current model isn't that cost effective. If a BluRay movie costs $30 and a 1080p one/two day download costs $5, how many films will you really watch six times over the lifetime of the technology? 4K is coming, which will make all those shiny BDs obsolete as well...
quote: This isn't the "must have" technology that DVD was.
quote: The disc format that will fail is the one after BD. Source material and human perception of detail still had a ways to go with DVD, and the only people who try to deny it are the ones who spent thousands on a DVD collection.
quote: The vast majority of movies on DVD are 480p