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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 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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