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A million Blu-ray movie sales in less than a year

The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced that its high definition format is the first to sell more than one million discs, a milestone it has achieved in less than a year. Blu-ray Disc sales also accounted for 70 percent of the high-definition movies sold during the first quarter of 2007, according to sales figures published by Home Media Research.

Blu-ray Disc titles accounted for eight of the top ten selling high definition titles in the first quarter of this year and since the introduction of both high definition formats, seven of the top ten selling high definition movies are on Blu-ray Disc.

“Sales of Blu-ray Disc titles have taken off since the first of the year,” said Andy Parsons, Chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s U.S. Promotion Committee and Senior Vice President New Product Development at Pioneer Electronics. “Blu-ray Discs have been outselling HD DVD by more than two to one since the beginning of the year and the gap is steadily widening. It’s exactly what we’ve said all along would happen - the strong support for Blu-ray among movie studio and equipment manufacturers means that consumers have more choices when it comes to players and titles. And they’re choosing Blu-ray by an ever-increasing margin.”

This is the latest string of announcements in the ongoing format war between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Last week, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group revealed at the format’s first birthday party that more than 100,000 dedicated HD DVD players have sold in the U.S. in its first year since the format’s introduction to the market.

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RE: Sony was right
By Hydrofirex on 4/24/2007 7:30:09 PM , Rating: 3
You're sales figures don't seem to include the fact that the PS2 is still one of the top selling consoles, or that the Xbox 360 hardly qualifies are a 'next-gen' console. Without true HD support on both the inputs and outputs it's still a decidedly last generation technology - and, an overpriced and difficult to mod one at that.

Sony is pursuing a long-term stratagy
. It worked for blue-ray and it's probably going to work for the PS3 as well. If the PS1 and the PS2 are any indication, the PS3's will probably be a major seller long after the Xbox 360 is relegated to the scrap heap. In another year it's going to become painfully apparent that the Xbox cannot keep up (If Sony is smart about getting some developers working on some killer apps), meanwhile with the continued proliferation of HD displays, HD movie content, production efficiencies and price drops the PS3 is going to surprise a lot of short sighted people in it's longevity. And, that is exactly what Sony said in the beginning.

I'm totally a PC gamer, but there is no way in hell I would purchase an Xbox. It's a PS2 Rip-off, and does not offer a lasting competitive advantage. The Wii is a next gen console worthy of kicking some ass. Yes, no HD support, but it does offer a revolutionary game play experience. I hope Nintendo builds on it.


RE: Sony was right
By 91TTZ on 4/25/2007 1:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
Your post is among the worst in this thread.

You're calling the XBox 360 a last gen console, while the Wii is a next gen console? That is absolutely ridiculous.

If anything, the Wii is the last gen console. Its specs are much closer to that of the original Xbox, and nowhere near the Xbox 360.

The Wii isn't even a major bump up from a Gamecube. Its specs are very similar. And the Gamecube was much weaker than the XBox.

It may be fun to play, sure. But so was my Atari 2600.

RE: Sony was right
By jadedeath on 4/26/2007 12:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
But the Atari 2600 isn't going to take the lead in consoles sold by the end of next year, is it?


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