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Chart of one week top ten and since-inception top ten HD DVD and Blu-ray

Information on the top 25 Blu-ray and HD DVD sold in 2007

Movie studios compared across the formats as of the week ending March 18

A comparison of HD DVD and Blu-ray over both formats' lifetime - All figures provided by SPHE
Latest sales figures show Blu-ray Disc outselling HD DVD seven to three

Sony, a clear backer of the Blu-ray Disc, has released a special report on the next-generation format’s current lead over HD DVD. Although the source of the report leads to immediately brings up the issue of obvious bias, the numbers cited come from reputable retail point-of-sake statistics source Nielsen VideoScan.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was likely spurred to release the report based on the success of Casino Royale on Blu-ray Disc. The latest Bond flick debuted at the top of the next-gen format sales charts with 28,233 units, making it the fastest selling high-def disc to date. The release of Casino Royale also boosted Blu-ray sales 74.4 percent for the week ending March 18 as compared to the previous week. In comparison, HD DVD sales fell 14.1 percent compared to the week before that.

Blu-ray’s strong sales since the beginning of 2007 have given it a 7 to 3 sales ratio versus HD DVD. Year to date sales of Blu-ray are 549,730 units and for HD DVD 249,451 units.

Blu-ray’s lead isn’t as strong, however, when looking at cumulative sales since each format’s inception. Total sales for Blu-ray Disc are around 844,000 and for HD DVD an approximate total of 708,600 units. Blu-ray surpassed HD DVD in total units sold during mid-February.

In terms of movies, seven out of the top 10 best selling high-def movies of all time are Blu-ray titles. For the week ending March 18, nine out of 10 were Blu-ray titles. The only HD DVD to crack that week’s is The Departed in fifth place, while the Blu-ray version held second place.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also broke down the high-def format unit market share. For Blu-ray, Sony leads with 32.2 percent, followed by Warner at 19 percent and Fox at 13.7 percent. For HD DVD, Warner accounts for 47.3 percent, followed by Universal with 38.3 percent and Paramount at 12.1 percent.

Although Nielsen VideoScan statistics are generally indicative of market trends, they do not include Wal-Mart and some online merchants. Sony’s choice to publish its findings after analyzing the latest numbers is a clear indication of the confidence that Blu-ray Disc has in winning the format war. Still, Blu-ray only took the lead from HD DVD in 2007, which HD DVD supporters blame on their format’s relatively sluggish recent months. With high-definition movie sales figures being insignificant when compared to the numbers that DVD sells, both HD DVD and Blu-ray have a ways to go before either one can truly be declared a winner.

For Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's full report, download the PDF document here courtesy of Digital Bits.

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RE: Blu-Ray in Europe
By Lakku on 4/10/2007 11:20:14 AM , Rating: 2
While I can agree with most of what you say, I don't think 1080p screens will matter in the HD war, not counting the fact people listen to marketing far too much. Unless your screen is going to be over 60 to 70 inches, you won't get much benefit from 1080p. Now a days, I suppose most good TVs will just support it anyway, but the human eye can't discern, from a resolution standpoint, the difference between 1080p and 720p from more then about 8 to 10 feet away on a 55 inch screen, all things other then resolution being equal. That's a normal viewing distance in most homes. In other words, if you have a 37 inch TV you don't NEED 1080p.... then again, until the PS3 can output BD at 720p like all other players, you do have a point I guess. :-P

RE: Blu-Ray in Europe
By Tarfman on 4/10/2007 11:52:26 AM , Rating: 2
Don't know about you but I can see a difference between 720p and 1080p when standing back a bit from 50" screens and using a proper 1080p source. Maybe its just me but I didn't think my glasses were that good! Have you done a back to back comparison? I will definitely be going 1080p plasma and it is matter probably of Panasonic 1080p vs Pioneer Plasma 2.0 when they come out mixed in with price - ie will the Pioneer be affordable and if so will the premium over the Panasonic be worth it?

RE: Blu-Ray in Europe
By BMFPitt on 4/10/2007 12:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
Sure you can tell the difference between the two TVs side to side. But how much can you tell when they're not?

Except for the "money to burn" crowd, most people who already have an HDTV won't buy a new one just for 1080p, and even when buying one anyway only if the price difference is less than 10-20%.

I can't imagine getting rid of my 57" 1080i Toshiba rear projection within the next 5-7 years unless I see significantly better (and much thinner) sub-$1000 TVs.

RE: Blu-Ray in Europe
By Hawkido on 4/10/2007 6:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
until the PS3 can output BD at 720p like all other players, you do have a point I guess

Correct me if i am wrong... There is no problem with the PS3 displaying at 720P... ever. You are thinking of the TV upscaling scandle where the HDTV's that only support 1080i and not 720P, caused a problem for Games that only supported 720P and lesser resolutions on the PS3, not movies which are encoded at 1080P then downscaled to the nearest rez if needed. I guess the "Other Players" you mentioned can add the 720P function to older HDTVs? Can they make my SDTV do 1080P? Okay, all sarcasm aside.
If you are going to make fun of the PS3, you shouldn't have to make stuff up about it, there are lots of things wrong with it without using your imagination!

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