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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 DCstewieG on 12/23/2008 10:52:37 AM , Rating: 2
The vast majority of movies on DVD are 480p, not 480i (minor quibble). But the point still stands...1080p blows it away. But threads like this rarely talk about the other upgrade: the audio.

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.

I don't know if I'd put money on it, but I think there's a good chance for the next format to support 3D. If so, I would think that falls between the transition from VHS to DVD and DVD to HD as far as people caring/noticing a difference.

Some DLP TVs already support it:

And there are other ones coming that don't even require glasses:

RE: I've said it before...
By DrKlahn on 12/23/2008 12:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
The vast majority of movies on DVD are 480p

Not to nitpick but all video on a commercial DVD is stored interlaced. Almost all players today have the necessary hardware to pickup the 3:2 cadence in movies and properly reconstruct the frame to 480p. The first DVD players to support this didn't show up until a couple years into the formats life.

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