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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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RE: I've said it before...
By SoylentG on 12/22/2008 11:17:38 PM , Rating: -1
A good DVD player costs around $89 from Sony (just an upconverting one). Do you really expect Blu-Ray players to be in the same price range as a technology as old as DVD? Blu ray players can be had for as low as $150 if you watch for good deals, and $200 commonly. Walmart has new Blu Ray movies for $20 the week they come out.

So you're 50% innaccurate, and 100% idiot flamer. I'd bet money you bought an HD-DVD and are bitter. Oh, and I seem to remember an article on a tech website in the last 30 days talking about how digital distribution was disliked by the majority of consumers. Don't worry, though, I'm sure it'll become a niche market because of your undeniable, correct, and well founded convictions.

But do go on. Keep posting idiotic dribble. It'll come true if you put it on the internet, right?

RE: I've said it before...
By masher2 on 12/22/2008 11:29:32 PM , Rating: 5
BD over DVD is a large boost in audio and video.

DVD over VHS, though, was as large a boost -- plus media that was much smaller, many times more durable, and (quite possibly most compelling of all) didn't need to be rewound.

In BD's favor, you have the fact that players are backwards-compatible with DVDs. If discs become backwards compatible as well (ala these new hybrid discs) then that will be a major spur towards adoption, and could easily result in BD surpassing DVD as early as 2010.

Personally I've owned BD for quite some time now (and HD-DVD even longer). But its not "flaming" to be realistic about the technology.

RE: I've said it before...
By SoylentG on 12/22/2008 11:43:52 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, did you think I was talking about the article? I was referring to the first post, who said bd was going to be niche if it didn't have $100 players and $20 movies. Sorry for not being specific.

RE: I've said it before...
By wempa on 12/23/2008 12:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't completely idiotic to think that BR could die out. When DVD came out, there weren't really any other alternatives besides VHS. Now, there are so many promising technologies out there that could make any optical disc based solution seem dated. Just look at CDs. We went from 8-tracks to records and cassettes to CDs. Then the optical format hit a dead end. The same could very well happen with video.

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