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Old 04-23-2007, 12:13 AM
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By Thomas K. Arnold

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Of the high-definition discs bought by consumers in the first quarter, 70% were in the Blu-ray Disc format and 30% were HD DVD, according to sales figures provided by trade publication Home Media Magazine.

Blu-ray took the lead in February, and its percentage of total sales accelerated to the point where it accounted for nearly three out of every four high-definition discs sold in March.

What's more, when given the choice, consumers are going with Blu-ray. Warner Home Video released "The Departed" the same day, February 13, in both formats. Between then and March 31, consumers bought 53,640 copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc and 31,590 on HD DVD, according to Home Media's market research, based on studio estimates and Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data.

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Research also shows that eight of the 10 top-selling high-definition titles in the first quarter were on Blu-ray Disc. At the top of the list was "Casino Royale," which sold through to consumers an estimated 59,680 units in the period. The Blu-ray Disc edition of "Departed" finished second, while the HD DVD version of that Oscar-winning film placed third.

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.

Since the high-def format's inception -- HD DVD launched in April 2006, while Blu-ray got rolling two months later -- more than 2.14 million discs have been purchased by consumers: 1.2 million Blu-ray Discs and about 937,500 HD DVDs.

Observers aren't surprised by the disparity, noting that Blu-ray Disc enjoys the support of five of the six major studios, while HD DVD is supported by three of them. Three studios -- Sony, Disney and Fox -- are exclusively in the Blu-ray camp, as is mini-major Lionsgate. Paramount and Warner support both formats. Universal is the only major studio to release titles only in the HD DVD format, which backers claim is easier and cheaper to produce.

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No surprise here really...and with Night at The Museum coming out {hopefully} tuesday this should boost BR even farther.But lets get real here,HD DVD isnt going anywhere for along while and neither is BR...and neither is regular dvd,thats still gonna be around for quite sometime.
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I really look forward to the holidays toward the new of the year. HD DVD will be doing alot better.
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Well, the HD DVD companies only have themselves to blame for all this negative PR. You can't go an entire quarter with virtually no releases while BD pumps out movies like there's no tomorrow - including the substantial Casino Royale - without Sony filling every news venue with stats and figures for that one lumpy quarter. I'm sure as we continue to roll into the summer, news sources will continue to pick up on these numbers and keep throwing them around.

What the article failed to mention is that HD DVD went out of business in March, Paramount is now Blu-Ray exclusive, Universal went format neutral and Warner is going to hold off releasing hits like The Matrix on both formats until Blu-Ray has its specifications finalized.

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I think I am going to aply for a job at Universal or with Toshiba's HD DVD department. I am convinced I could do as well as their employess, with no official training. For example, I already know that taking the first three months of the year off is going to hurt sales and give your competitor bragging rights - apparently, no one on the HD side really thought about that.

We can argue about the lack of HD DVD releases all we want, but the first quarter went to BD and now they are going to use that to their advantage. I would hope HD DVD actually has a strategy to counter this.
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We can argue about the lack of HD DVD releases all we want, but the first quarter went to BD and now they are going to use that to their advantage. I would hope HD DVD actually has a strategy to counter this.
They do. It will be cheap Chinese players from Walmart

But your right, HD DVD really needs to get on the ball. Universal seems to be stepping up, but even then I think everybody is waiting on a huge Spielberg-like catalog release. Warner has really kept HD DVD afloat in recent months with The Departed, Happy Feet, Planet Earth, and the upcoming Matrix trilogy.
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While for us, this is not at all news, for a lot of people this is new information. What matters is the public perception of this news and the fact that it is being reported on at all. Last year all the news was pro HD DVD, there were no articles like this, and all that Blu-ray had were a bunch of us fanbois sitting around going "Wait and see." In fact, Clan Toshiba kept saying over and over that all Blu-ray could do was say "Wait and see" when they were delivering... Turns out, as accurate as HD DVD supporters were at the time, Blu-ray fans were also just as correct.

Moving forward, this is just one of many reports were are likely to see about Blu-ray success. Yes, HD DVD may have something to bring forth later this year, but until we see that, the news for Blu-ray is likely to continue down a path that reports favorably for the technology. I think this one is an especially good read because the numbers for the first quarter pretty much highlight what a big turnaround Blu-ray has shown in just a few months.
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HD DVD getting exorcised by Blu-ray burning...

HD DVD: It BURNS...[insert demonic wiggle]...IT BURNS!!!!.....

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Well, the HD DVD companies only have themselves to blame for all this negative PR. You can't go an entire quarter with virtually no releases while BD pumps out movies like there's no tomorrow - including the substantial Casino Royale - without Sony filling every news venue with stats and figures for that one lumpy quarter.
This is key. That article totally ignores the fact that there was nothing new to buy on HD DVD after the first of the year for nearly 3 months. If you build it, they will come, and they didn't build it.

I've seen similar articles pertaining to other markets. Like with cars. Articles will say Toyota outsold Honda 3:1 in one quarter, failing to mention that it's because they released their new models, while Honda was releasing their new models the next quarter.

Hopefully nobody is dumb enough to read that article and automatically conclude that blu-ray sold more simply because it's better.

That article is the very definition of FUD.

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What the article failed to mention is that HD DVD went out of business in March, Paramount is now Blu-Ray exclusive, Universal went format neutral and Warner is going to hold off releasing hits like The Matrix on both formats until Blu-Ray has its specifications finalized.

Funny.

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I think this one is an especially good read because the numbers for the first quarter pretty much highlight what a big turnaround Blu-ray has shown in just a few months.
That's fine. As long as that "big turnaround" is put into the appropriate context of 5x the releases for that quarter, because the previous quarters releases were backed up.

They were backed up, and all spurt out at once, much like a constipated obese man. This, primarily, was the cause of the sales spike. And what makes it all so hilarious is BD fanboy's can't stop slapping themselves on the back over it.

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