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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 Gzus666 on 12/23/2008 2:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
All those same things can be said about the print media (books, magazines, newspapers). And digital media is pounding their ass.

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.

Except those things don't really reduce in quality by downloading instead of having a physical format.

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...

It is called renting, people do it all the time. Netflix does it last I checked, being that I get Bluray movies from them all the time.

Also, 4K isn't coming, shut up. Do you know long it will take to get everyone to move to that high of a resolution set? You complain about slow adoption now, imagine when it gets to where you need a movie projector 100" screen just to see the difference.

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