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Blu-ray Hits 1 million, HD DVD Poised for Comeback

by April 24, 2007

According to Business Wire, Blu-ray Disc has become the first high definition format to sell more than a million discs, a milestone it has achieved in less than one year. Blu-ray Disc sales also accounted for 70 percent of the sales figures published by Home Media Research.

Blu-ray's sales lead has increased each month since the first of the year and nearly three out of every four high definition movie sold in March were on Blu-ray Disc.

Industry projections suggest that this steady growth trend will continue based on the fact that seven of the eight major studios are releasing an ever-increasing number of blockbuster movies on Blu-ray Disc. In 2006, 18 of the top 20 selling DVDs were released by studios that are publishing their movies on Blu-ray Disc. Blu-ray 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 selling high definition movies are on Blu-ray Disc.

This not to suggest that HD DVD is sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. In fact, the new series Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series has broken new ground on Amazon.com, a move that has some analysts proclaiming a turn-around comeback for HD DVD. Others say the strong sales for HD DVD copies of Planet Earth coincide with what appears an "impressive" sales recovery for HD DVD, at least as measured by Amazon in the past three weeks. Other industry watchers say the spike in sales was due to "a cooridanted buy-a-thon on the part of some online HD DVD supporters in honor of the format's first anniversary." Nonetheless, HD DVD backers seem to be jubilant over the news.

Once the back patting from both sides stop, where does it leave us, the ones waiting on the sidelines, carefully watching who will jump ship and start building dual format players? Well, that's another story, of which I'm sure we'll be talking about in the upcoming months.

Recent Forum Posts:

MACCA350 posts on April 24, 2007 19:38
mouettus, post: 265127
Do you have some links/information on this new technology? – sorry it's a little off topic
Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) is an optical disc technology still in the research stage which would hold up to 3.9 terabytes (TB) of information.

I thought Maxell were going to be releasing the 300GB version to start things off, has this happened yet? I think it'll be years till we see a cheap enough version of these HVD's that hold over a Terabyte, and by then we'll probably be ready for another format change and a jump in resolution, 4k anyone?

cheers
mouettus posts on April 24, 2007 17:03
Seth=L, post: 265120
Not far off, HVD or similar technoligy will become the storage norm for all applications. Once they can produce the Holographic technology develops and becomes more cost effective you will see a quick rise from that type of storage. If a holographic cube or disc is kept out of the light it should last about forever.

Yeah but let's hope there wont be 2-3 companies developing the product this time so we can avoid a stupid war.

BTW, how can you keep a medium from the light? Other than a casing, I don't see any other solutions. Obviously, a product has to see the light one day or another!!

Do you have some links/information on this new technology? – sorry it's a little off topic
Seth=L posts on April 24, 2007 16:37
mouettus, post: 265064
I can't wait for the dual players becoming the norm. OR, my personal favorite, HD DVD and Blu-Ray being blown away by a new technology (other than a CD preferably) that is quicker and holds ever more data. And the hell!! Go to blockbuster and bring a hard drive home! :P
Not far off, HVD or similar technoligy will become the storage norm for all applications. Once they can produce the Holographic technology develops and becomes more cost effective you will see a quick rise from that type of storage. If a holographic cube or disc is kept out of the light it should last about forever.
mouettus posts on April 24, 2007 12:15
I can't wait for the dual players becoming the norm. OR, my personal favorite, HD DVD and Blu-Ray being blown away by a new technology (other than a CD preferably) that is quicker and holds ever more data. And the hell!! Go to blockbuster and bring a hard drive home! :P
MACCA350 posts on April 24, 2007 11:34
Tom Andry, post: 265012
Didn't Walmart just purchase a bunch of $299 HD DVD players? That's going to make a huge impact if they can actually sell them to Walmartians.
Yeah….and the Chinese manufacturers moving into the market with low cost HD-DVD players……then we'll see how Blu-ray fares. Even at the moment they're tracking rather close(if you look at th Amazon figures, sure BD had a honeymoon when the PS3 hit but thats over as their sales rank fall showed) and that's with Blu-ray having ton's more players in the market, it'll be interesting when HD-DVD dump a ton of players into the market.

Seriously this ‘war’ is far from over, and if HD-DVD's plans roll out, I'd be surprised if the tide doesn't turn. Add to that, I'm hearing that many people who own both formats are preferring and buying the HD-DVD version over the Blu-ray one when they have the option(now that's saying something!)

cheers
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