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Casino Royale is the best selling Blu-ray Disc movie  (Source: SPHE)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sells almost a million Blu-ray Disc movies in North America

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment took the opportunity at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin to announce that the company's Blu-ray Disc sales across North America are nearing the one million mark while sales in Europe have reached 250,000.

The sales numbers quoted relate only to the studio’s own movies. Blu-ray Disc movie sales surpassed the million mark back in April 2007. Sony expects its sales to climb strongly throughout the rest of the year with the release of the Spider-Man trilogy on October 30 and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on November 13.

“These sales milestones across the world illuminate the positive reception from retailers and consumers alike for Blu-ray,” said David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “Our strong fourth quarter line-up will underscore the confidence in this format.”

According to Sony’s press release, weekly sales of Blu-ray Disc titles have averaged between two- and five-times the amount of HD DVD sales week over week since the release of the PlayStation 3. Sony also added that Blu-ray software now accounts for 69 percent of the total high-definition market in Europe. A previous report stated that Blu-ray accounts for 95 percent of hardware sales in 2007 when taking into account PlayStation 3 and PC drives.

While Blu-ray Disc will play host to a number of exclusive titles this holiday season, such as Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and Ratatouille, the HD DVD Group scored a major win by signing Paramount and Dreamworks to an exclusive deal of its own, which ensures that such hits as Transformers will only be on HD in a translucent red box.

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RE: surreeee.
By webdawg77 on 8/31/2007 10:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
I think they mean in some weeks it was only 2x, in others it was 5x, and yet others it was between 2x and 5x.

Agreed, actual numbers would go far to help their case. I am still waiting to see who wins before buying into a format.

RE: surreeee.
By omnicronx on 8/31/2007 11:26:06 AM , Rating: 1
But would that not mean on average they sold 3.5 times more discs per month? And we all know that is not the case, 2 time seems like a more reasonable number, and i don't even believe its that high. My guess is the numbers are closer to 1.5 times. Then again we have no idea what sony is comparing too as they are only counting sony studio numbers, but the question is what the hell are they comparing it too? Are we actually suppose to believe that just sony studios are outselling all HD-DVD releases by 2-5 times??

RE: surreeee.
By webdawg77 on 8/31/2007 11:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
But would that not mean on average they sold 3.5 times more discs per month?

Not necessarily. If you have 4 weeks with 2x for 3 of them and 5x for 1 of them.

2 + 2 + 2 + 5 = 11 / 4 = 2.75 (just one case)

Like I said before, I would like to see actual numbers too.

RE: surreeee.
By phattyboombatty on 8/31/2007 12:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
This is sort of off topic, but I'd love to see the number of PS3 owners that even have the capability to take advantage of Blu-Ray's abilities. I wouldn't be surprised if about 50% of all PS3's were connected to a 27 inch CRT with the audio being pumped out of the TV's speakers. I think a survey like this was conducted of Xbox 360 owners and a huge portion didn't even have an HDTV set.
If my hunch is right, it would largely explain why a lot of PS3 owners do not buy (or rent) BluRay movies because it wouldn't make any sense if they don't even have an HDTV set hooked up to the PS3.

RE: surreeee.
By zinfamous on 8/31/2007 3:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
my PS3 is hooked up to my 42" Samsung Plasma through HDMI. And yeah, I bought it b/c it is a BluRay player. (best available, and cheapest to boot)

I have no sound system b/c such would be ludicrous in my tiny apartment.

so...there's one person at least :)

RE: surreeee.
By onereddog on 9/1/2007 8:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
I would tend to agree with you there.
Although, funnily enough, my roomate has his PS3 hooked up to a 29' CRT with tv speakers.

While my brother who is getting a 360 and at this point has no intention of getting the HD-DVD drive is hooking it up to my parents HD with a decent sound system.

RE: surreeee.
By Belard on 8/31/2007 2:26:54 PM , Rating: 4
How can you guess the 1.5 or other numbers? Sony made a statement based on market sales. Sony, Toshiba, etc have access to a LOT more info than anyone on this topic.

If Sony was pulling numbers out of the butt, Toshiba would be quite loud saying "uh no! we're selling x amount", but that doesn't happen. Toshiba only talks about selling more stand-alone players... which don't come close to PS3 sales.

BTW, I am still seeing more different stores selling Sony BR player for $400~450. (this means, it could be $420, $430 and $440 and anyting in between for the confused) than Toshiba.

I'd like Sony to give us a graph of BR software sold - true. But otherwise, the statement they made is fine as they are covering about 10 months worth of BR disc sales; they cannot give an AVG for all months - and it does sound better to say x5 times the sales. Perhaps when the PS3 was new, it was lower and recently they are selling at lot more movies.

Paramount was paid for HD-DVD support, if they looked at software sales and were actually thinking about it, they could have ended the format war a lot faster by going to BR or staying with their previous plan of supporting both.... instead it'll be another 1-2 years to sort this out.

RE: surreeee.
By Googer on 9/1/2007 3:00:37 AM , Rating: 2
Do you want numbers? Well, I've got numbers- on page 10,HD16 - HD17,

The top selling blue-ray movie 300 out sold HD-DVD's top selling movie 300 by 2:1.

Source of their information is Nielsen Videoscan

RE: surreeee.
By Inkjammer on 9/1/2007 4:54:18 AM , Rating: 2
Problem is those numbers don't mean much in mid-summer, as this is one of the slowest times for consumer spending on electronics. The companies can throw out "we're in the lead!" but things will change dramatically come November.

The biggest indicator of will come during the Christmas shopping season. This Christmas will probably be make or break either one of the formats, and both are planning well ahead.

Trying to decide which format is really ahead of the game right now... well, it's like trying to forecast the winner of a match of Starcraft ten minutes into it when you know the Zerg rush is just around the corner. Black Friday, and whoever can get a cheap HD player onto the market, is going to make a big difference.

With Walmart planning the cheap $200 HD DVD player it may make all the difference in the world. Then again, Sony may try to up the ante. Either way it is still far too early to tell.

DVDs still look and sound great - and are 1/2 to 1/3rd of the price of their HD counterparts. =) And the price is where consumers run to.

RE: surreeee.
By Spacy on 9/1/2007 3:44:57 PM , Rating: 2
I wish to stat that in Canada I went out to find HD-DVD copy of 300 at Future shop, Best Buy, London Drugs, HMV and others. NONE of them had HD-DVD copy of 300 and they all said only a few copies arrived and sold out in a few hours... To date (Although I have not looked hard recently ) I still don't see HD-DVD copy of 300 in any level of volume. I wonder if this situation played out in other areas and was responsible for the low sales of HD-DVD 300. There were always lots of the Blue-Ray. I am not trying to be a conspiracy theorist or anything it is just what I saw and I would like to see sales figures from places that had both in stock with lots of extra copies.

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