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Blu-ray Lead Increasing Over HD-DVD

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Since our first update ‘Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD‘ 10 weeks ago on the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD battle, the game is still running hot.

 HD DVD launched in April 2006; Blu-ray in June 2006. HD DVD is supposedly cheaper to produce. Since that time, 2.14 million discs have been sold: 1.2 million Blu-ray Discs and about 937,500 HD DVDs.

Since Blu-ray and HD DVD first launched, the sales of high-definition discs in the first quarter show 70 percent were Blu-ray Disc and 30 percent were HD DVD – Source: Home Media Magazine.

And it seems Blu-ray sales are climbing at a faster pace. There is a definite preference for Blu-ray. As an example, the video The Departed was released by Warner in both formats on the same day, February 13. The sales to March 31 showed 53,640 copies of the film sold on Blu-ray Disc and 31,590 on HD DVD. Source: Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data.

From January 1-March 31, consumers bought almost 1.2 million high-definition discs–832,530 Blu-ray units and 359,300 HD DVDs–according to Home Media Magazine. In March, consumers bought 335,980 Blu-ray Discs and 119,570 HD DVDs.

Studio support for Blu-ray Disc [five out of six] is also leading HD DVD [three out of six]. Sony, Disney and Fox are supporting Blu-ray exclusively. Lionsgate. Paramount and Warner support both formats. Universal is the only major studio to release titles only in the HD DVD format.

Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Following on from our 2007 predictions that BlueRay will trounce HD by year end, we have an update. According to media reports,  sales of Blu-ray Discs have overtaken sales of HD-DVD discs in recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the end for HD-DVD. However, as far as I can tell, many are jumping to conclusions a little too early. Two HD-DVD players from Toshiba do not appear to be holding ground against , the Blu-ray players from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and Pioneer. Just to confuse matters, Apples HD-DVD player add on for the Xbox360 has been countered by Sony with its Blu-ray Player equipped Playstation 3.  And in case your really can’t decide, LG  has launched a Blu-ray Disc/HD-DVD combo player.  Taking the game to a higher level Toshiba has announced its 2G HD-DVD players with Samsung about to do likewise with its Blu-ray Disc Player. Looks to me like the game is still on, and it isn’t over yet! 

As for me, I am about to embark on the rebuilding of a leaky house, so anticipate that a clear winner will emerge by the time I do at the end of my project, and ready to upgrade my home entertainment systems.

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