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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: D. None of the above
By Axbattler on 4/10/2007 1:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
Then again, there will probably be a time where people are no longer interested in higher definitions because they find it too hard to differentiate. Technology has improved faster than our own evolution, and I'd say that improvements will get more subtle. For audio, many seems to feel happy even with a good lossy codecs. SACD and DVD-A hasn't really picked up, when compared to lossy format.

Obviously, movies will always take more space, given that it is audio and video data. But I must wonder if people would not eventually give up ever growing definitions in favour of being able to store their entire movie collections in their multi-TB HDs.

[Whether it is a good thing is another thing - I still rip/encode to lossless for my music collection - but I also recognise that most people are probably happy with MP3s]


RE: D. None of the above
By masher2 (blog) on 4/10/2007 2:41:49 PM , Rating: 3
> "For audio, many seems to feel happy even with a good lossy codecs..."

Because we're near the limits of human perception with audio. With video, we're nowhere near. 1080p isn't too far off...but only if you sit far enough away so the screen subtends only a small percentage of your total field of view.

At some point, movies are going to encompass close to a 180-degreee field of view, horizontal and vertical. And that's going to require 100X or more the pixel count of current HD films.


RE: D. None of the above
By akugami on 4/11/2007 1:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're looking for something like those Omnimax theaters. Simply an awesome experience even if it's pretty much edutainment playing on it.


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