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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 Noya on 4/11/2007 12:42:07 PM , Rating: 2
Do you honestly think formats with resolution greater than 1080p are on the near horizon?

It's taken how many years to jump from NTSC to HD? 50 years or the likes? Not to mention human eyes can't distinguish between 720p and 1080p unless the screen is huge (90"+) and/or the seating distance is close (I recall something like 1.25 screen width).

Granted there's already 4k displays available, but price is prohibitive to the average consumer and content is close to none.

RE: D. None of the above
By masher2 on 4/11/2007 1:17:51 PM , Rating: 3
> "Do you honestly think formats with resolution greater than 1080p are on the near horizon?"

They will be soon. Within less than 10 years is a safe bet.

> "It's taken how many years to jump from NTSC to HD?"

You're talking government-mandated broadcast standards...which DVDs and their descendants don't use. A much better comparison is looking at how long it took to go from 240i (VHS) to 480i (DVD) to 480p (p-DVD) to 720p (HD) to 1080p (Full-HD). Each of those steps took anywhere from 4 to 20 years. And the longest of them (VHS) was well before media convergence began taking place. We already have monitors capable of resolutions well above 1080p. Players too, if you count a computer as one. Certainly within 10 years, there will be content and probably a new format standard as well.

> "human eyes can't distinguish between 720p and 1080p unless the screen is huge or the seating distance is close..."

That's just my point. Current video distances force the screen to subtend only a small portion of your total field of view. As resolutions increase, people will sit closer (or the screens will grow larger), so the entire experience will become more immersive.

As for 'huge screens', I'm already watching DVDs on a 103" FP system. I could use the additional resolution right now. Systems beyond 1080p aren't as far away as you think.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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