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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 BMFPitt on 4/10/2007 3:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
As painful as the thought of defending a SunAngel comment is, I have to say that you are making out the difficulty of implementing this to be way more than it is.

This could be done in a set top box with a simplistic interface with no technical expertise. Backups wouldn't be required because you would have the right to redownload using your account on whatever service provides the content.

Yes, this means your 'average' consumer would need a broadband connection. If by 'average' you mean the purchaser of a beyond-next-generation media device.

(With the exception of a big enough RAID array, XBox360 and PS3 pretty much fit his description.)

RE: D. None of the above
By masher2 on 4/10/2007 3:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
> "Yes, this means your 'average' consumer would need a broadband connection"

There are some 45 million broadband subscribers in the US. That means most don't have it...and even that 45 million figure counts connection like basic 256K DSL, which is pretty much useless for downloading HD content.

Even once you cross that hurdle, you have issues with access rights, customer perception of ownership for intangible data, and a hundred other problems. They'll all be solved one day...but it won't be anytime in the next 5 years, possibly 10.

I stand by the remark. Such a system is not practical for the mass market yet.

RE: D. None of the above
By BMFPitt on 4/10/2007 3:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
That was great the way you took out the second part of that statement. I'm sure nobody noticed.

RE: D. None of the above
By masher2 on 4/10/2007 4:22:57 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry if you felt I took your statement out of context. But while HD-DVD and BD are 'next-generation' today, they won't be for long...not if their backers have anything to say about it. They're aiming for the mass market, not the bleeding edge.

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