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Blu-ray players and Blu-ray content showing signs of increased sales.

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.

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Next year at 6%...
By cscpianoman on 12/22/2008 6:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
So, next year it hits 6%. So, in 3-5 years Blu-ray takes off just to be supplanted by the next big thing the following year. Don' get me wrong, I think Blu-ray is awesome. However, if they are already planning to make Blu-ray obsolete in 5-6 years then why bother with updating my movie collection now.

I guess that is a bit cynical, but I don't have the money right now to pay for the players or the movies. Time to start saving my pennies:P

RE: Next year at 6%...
By 9nails on 12/23/2008 1:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I'm talking about... Why buy the intermediary when the good stuff is just around the corner?

All we need is 300 Gigs storage and we can get theater quality movies. Give me a 4K screen at home that's 80" wide and a player for the disk or stream and I'm set. It might be too much to ask for 60 FPS, but I'm going to ask for that any way! Now that movies are $10.75 per person, buying a new home theater system is starting to look like a good investment.

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