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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: Sales figures... ugh.
By Oregonian2 on 4/24/2007 8:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
You say "Well duh", but a lot of the comments by others don't seem to agree with us.

I think those rates are currently meaningless. Especially because of my comments about the "groups" of buyers who I think have bought so far and for those that will be buying.

In a one mile race, if I see that a new runner has gotten to the five foot line (0.1%) ahead of another runner, that'd be interesting but I don't think overly significant. I think that's what's being done now with HD/Blu sales stats.

P.S. - Mind you, I'm not in either camp, so I'm a "fanboy" of neither. I use an upsampling DVD player to our only one (so far) HDTV and plan to stay that way until the race is a LOT further along. But then we massively watch Netflix movies, and their selection library is a LOT bigger for "plain" DVD's than for either new format. Until the Netflix Hidef library of movies (old and new) approaches that of their regular DVD's, plain DVDs are here to stay for me. Been hunting interesting not-brand-new niche foreign films lately. Wonder when those will switch to hidef? Probably not soon.

RE: Sales figures... ugh.
By walk2k on 4/24/07, Rating: 0
RE: Sales figures... ugh.
By Oregonian2 on 4/24/2007 8:29:57 PM , Rating: 4
If either format "wins" ALL movies will be made available on that one. If Star War Movies are only Blu-Ray and HD wins, they're not going to just not sell any, they'll release them in HD.

Let me put it another way: I think Sony Entertainment Movies are/were available on VHS tapes. They aren't sticking to Betamax to this very day. Sony even became a leading maker of VHS machines!

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