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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 DingieM on 4/11/2007 3:42:08 AM , Rating: 1
Do not forget that the second sales week in the UK the PS3 sales plummeted with 82% down.
That is huge.
How come?
Too expensive?
Whats the deal with 600 euro's costing hardware when HD-DVD players from for example Toshiba are dropping down sharply in price, and coming down way below that of the PS3? Don't expect a price-drop in the near future because $ony is losing hundreds of dollars/euro's per console while the Xbox360 is making profit on a console since last december.
Added capabilities for playing games is not really added value since many people still won't play games...
The PS3 can be successful because it floats on the immense success of the PS2. People are ofcourse expecting a lot from the PS3 because of its predecessor.

RE: Blu-Ray in Europe
By jadedeath on 4/15/2007 1:38:19 AM , Rating: 2
Please don't tell me that you're this blind.

The 82% is due to supply and demand, they simply ran out of PS3's across Europe in the second and 3rd weeks.

Furthermore the Sony execs are probably laughing all the way to the bank, they might lose money per PS3, but with titles like Casino Royale and others soon to be released on BD they're going to be making money hand over fist.

In the long run they lose a few hundred on the PS3, but they gain more than that back per-game and per-BD sold. Considering they own MGM, and Columbia-Tristar that means they get ALL the profit from those releases they're most likely sitting pretty happy at where everything stands right now.


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