Forums - Gaming Discussion - Blu-ray pulls ahead of HD-DVD by more than 2 to 1

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents Article is based on Nielson numbers, some of the first solid numbers for the year. In overall total lifetime sales Blu-ray is now almost dead even erasing almost all of last years lead for HD-DVD. As of 1/14 the number was 2.6 to 1. Could be higher, there was a spike on Amazon on 1/23 when BD released 12 titles. BD has been in the lead since then on Amazon. Confirms my theory that a lot of HD-DVD buying is on Amazon and Brick and Mortar stores are selling a lot of blu-ray.



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It's the "PS3 effect" many gamers are going out and buying movies. And after CES and no major releases from Universal then many HD-DVD backers jumped shipped to the PS3 and now claim it's best to stay HD neutral. With movie watchers buying the PS3 attach rates should be low for games. But the movie watchers will be buying large numbers of blu-ray movies which sony will be getting part of the licensing fee from the sale of blu-rays. Universal has shown plans to release more classic movies on HD-DVD since CES but the damage is done. Dvd empire shows almost a 2:1 sales ratio while amazon only shows ranks and not number sold which can be misleading. http://www.dvdempire.com/index.asp?userid=99365259430219&tab_id=60&site_id=69&site_media_id=0



This is just like the PSP, in how there were barely any AAA titles for the first year, but when there started to be a lot, people stopped buying movies. The only differences are that the PS3 can put the movies on a TV, which is one major reason that UMDs are selling like crap, and it's high definition, it is cheaper than a normal BD player, and they don't need to purchase another Blu-Ray Disc player. The spike in sales for BD will bring a lot of studios over to Blu-Ray, and will win Blu-Ray the war, and people will stop buying movies for the PS3 a couple months to a year after the war will be won, but the new people buying BD players, not the PS3, will increase sharply, making up for this difference. Dual format players will be popular among early adopters that adopted HD-DVD, and about no one else, because they are the only ones that will actually watch HD-DVDs anymore.



AmishGramish said: This is just like the PSP, in how there were barely any AAA titles for the first year, but when there started to be a lot, people stopped buying movies. The only differences are that the PS3 can put the movies on a TV, which is one major reason that UMDs are selling like crap, and it's high definition, it is cheaper than a normal BD player, and they don't need to purchase another Blu-Ray Disc player. The spike in sales for BD will bring a lot of studios over to Blu-Ray, and will win Blu-Ray the war, and people will stop buying movies for the PS3 a couple months to a year after the war will be won, but the new people buying BD players, not the PS3, will increase sharply, making up for this difference. Dual format players will be popular among early adopters that adopted HD-DVD, and about no one else, because they are the only ones that will actually watch HD-DVDs anymore.
The real question is, after winning this tiny battle between HDDVD and Blu-ray, will people actually care enough to adopt Hi-Definition and adopt whatever format that won fast enough? Optical spinning disc formats could be easilly trumped by a newer technology in 3-5 years.



Its pulled ahead by more than that now



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Blu-Ray sales will only get bigger at this point. Some titles are already selling 10-15% of their home video versions on Blu-Ray.

http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6543961.html

Retailers report that the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment March 11 release is generating 10% to 15% of its sales on Blu-ray, which is higher than the average 5% to 10% on major day-and-date DVD/BD new release.

DeepDiscount.com, Newbury Comics and Virgin Megastores all report No Country skewing higher Blu than other titles.

Store managers attribute No Country's Blu-ray muscle to both the caché of the Oscar-decorated title and the fall of the HD DVD format.



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