Euro HD DVD camp clams up on format sales figures

The European HD DVD Promotional Group has refused to back up claims that the next-generation optical disc format it's backing is the movie buff's favourite by revealing how many HD DVD players have been bought over here.

Register Hardware asked it this question because earlier this week the organisation announced that numbers garnered independently by local market watcher GfK showed that 3.8 HD DVD discs have been sold for every player purchased in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Benelux countries. By contrast, only 0.6 Blu-ray Discs have been sold for every BD-capable player and console bought in those regions.

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The point is HD-DVD sales are specifically for movie playback, whereas the PS3 is a gaming machine with Blu-Ray support - so those figures aren't entirely surprising. However, it would be nice if the HD-DVD group would be open about sales figures of players as not doing so is seen as an indication that they're not doing so well.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The point is HD-DVD sales are specifically for movie playback, whereas the PS3 is a gaming machine with Blu-Ray support - so those figures aren't entirely surprising. However, it would be nice if the HD-DVD group would be open about sales figures of players as not doing so is seen as an indication that they're not doing so well.

That may be true, but the PS3 is still the best (and cheapest) Blu-ray player on the market. Many people are buying it specifically for movies, or the occasional game.

To be hoenst, I'm getting really sick of all the bickering and arguing between both fronts in the HD format war. They both jump at every opportunity to release a statement that makes them look marginally better than the other and they'll skew and abuse the figures as much as possible to do it.
When in reality, neither format is a "success" and their biggest competitor is regular good ol' DVD, which is kicking both their asses combined.
Plus the fanboys, the fanboys just don't help.

Kushan said,
When in reality, neither format is a "success" and their biggest competitor is regular good ol' DVD, which is kicking both their asses combined.

Saying that neither format is currently a success is as completely wrong as saying Vista is currently no success. People tend to forget history very quickly and create their own reality how things should work.

Do you how know long it took for DVD to take off? Do you remember when the first DVD title was released and when DVD was finally mainstream? To help you out: The DVD specs were finalized in 1995 and 2003 (yes, 8 years later) DVD finally outsold VHS Cassettes in the US.

So, why are you looking for a winner a SINGLE year after both formats have been released? Why do people say that Vista has no success after a SINGLE year of existance when XP took 2-3 years to become popular and good stability/compatibilty was finally achieved.

There cannot be any HD winner yet, it's way too early. HD itself needs at least another 2-3 years to establish itself.

Therefore, by your own argument neither format is currently a success.
Until towards the end of the Betamax wars, none of the the three competing formats (VHS, Betamax, V2000) was a success. Betamax, however, still is a success, just not in the home market, whilst V2000 (rightly) died ignominiously.

Quoting the DVD example doesn't take into account the fact that VHS production was well established and way cheaper than DVD production in 1995. It wasn't until production costs fell dramatically AND there was a greater take-up (as more people bought players) that DVD overtook VHS.

This is very twisting numbers.. EU sells more Blu-ray disks total then HD-DVD.... They sell more disks per unit sold because people buying a HD-DVD player obviously want HD-DVDs but not everyone that buys a Playstation 3 wants Blu-ray but that does not mean Blu-ray is not on top.

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