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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 geddarkstorm on 4/11/2007 1:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'm totally with Masher on this one. Such things as "on-line" storage and harddrives will never, and can never, replace hard media. Infact, if our society started to move towards those transient technologies for backup, we'd be screwed.

All magnetic storage demagnetizes over time; also what about compatibility issues? Hardware, wire compatibilities? These formats are changing constantly, whereas hard media like disks haven't. You can still play a CD in any optical drive I know of. Backwards compatibility is something that doesn't fully exist in the harddrive world (if you don't have an IDE controller motherboard, as the modern ones are without, how would you use your IDE harddrive backup? And oh, how easy it is to screw up a harddrive's data; alot easier than a physical disk).

Heck, we haven't even talked about portability yet. Look at how small CDs are; no other storage comes close to their size to capacity ratio (though RAM sticks are fast on the rise, and they may replace disks eventually, though they would then be "hard media" in ROM format :P).

And the internet? The internet is horrendously unreliable; error prone, transient, and simply not suitible for long term storage. All you need is a good server side power outage (or hardware trouble) and you're screwed (along with a ton of people all at once who depend on it, and that's a striking feature only applicable to the internet), even if you are in a place with full power. All you need is internet trouble, or a simple fault when uploading your file, and everything's trashed. I've had it happen before, it's no fun.

There's enough trouble already for the government and accademic bodies in trying to find a suitable format that will still be read 30 years down the road; things like the internet and harddrives have already been rulled out because they will fail: in the end, paper still wins for most long term storage for anything that's actually, truly important and irreplacible.

Hard Disks are a wonderful thing in the long term scope of things. Yes technology is amazingly innovative and eventually hard disks will somewhat, or at least in the form they are now, disappear and go the way of the dodo; but that isn't today and that isn't any time soon.

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