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  (Source: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=24560)

  (Source: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News/Details.aspx?NewsId=24560)
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: Niche Market?
By Gzus666 on 12/23/2008 9:31:01 AM , Rating: 2
The key words here are "see" or "notice". Just cause you don't notice it, doesn't mean it isn't there and isn't noticed by others. The facts are, there IS a difference. Upscaling from 480 to 720 is going to produce a lower quality picture than downscaling from 1080 to 720, that is just a fact. Whether you perceive it or not, it is still there.


RE: Niche Market?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/23/2008 11:25:26 AM , Rating: 1
Who's talking about downscaling ?


RE: Niche Market?
By Gzus666 on 12/23/2008 2:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
Why wouldn't you? It is a feature that would be inherent to Bluray, so why would we ignore it?


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