European Blu-ray Disc Sales Jump Following PS3 Release

As seen with sales of Blu-ray movies in North America, the Sony PlayStation 3 is one of the best Blu-ray Disc players currently on the market. In Western Europe, the PlayStation 3 launched on March 23 and according to data from the Blu-ray Disc Association, HD DVD comfortably outsold Blu-ray up until that point. In the week immediately after the console's European launch, Blu-ray discs accounted for almost 87% of all HD disc sales. Recent weekly figures from Europe put Blu-ray sales three times greater than that of HD DVD, with the now-leading format accounting for 64% of the total volume in 2007. The quick turn of the tide, however, reflects how easily it is to sway favor in a still relatively small niche market.

News source: DailyTech

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Have you seen the HD-DVD release schedule? It's atrocius.

For a very basic comparison you can compare the next few months releases at play. 12 HD-DVD titles of all poor to middling quality and 60 odd BR titles of poor to high quality.

I hope BR wins now just so this stupid competition will end.

Septimus said,
Have you seen the HD-DVD release schedule? It's atrocius.

For a very basic comparison you can compare the next few months releases at play. 12 HD-DVD titles of all poor to middling quality and 60 odd BR titles of poor to high quality.

Huh? There are currently more confirmed upcoming releases (items with actual release dates) on HD-DVD than Blu-Ray according to High-Def Digest. And with numerous release on both format from Warner & the likes, I'd also question your poor to middling, poor to high pseudo rating system.

From a hi-def point of view, I'm much more exciting about the HD-DVD releases of the Matrix (picked this last week) and Blade Runner than anything on the Blu-Ray schedule. (I have players for both - I got Casino Royale for the heck of it, but .... after that... there's just nothing for Blu-Ray I'm excited about buying.)

Septimus said,
Have you seen the HD-DVD release schedule? It's atrocius.

For a very basic comparison you can compare the next few months releases at play. 12 HD-DVD titles of all poor to middling quality and 60 odd BR titles of poor to high quality.

I hope BR wins now just so this stupid competition will end.

I've got 2 words for ya.

The Matrix.

I too wouldn't complain if HD-DVD would start dying :-p

I mean, it's the inferior capacity which sucks once you start considering it for data storage, their recordables cost as much as Blu-ray discs to many Europeans at this point with 60% of the Blu-ray capacity, history doesn't paint a pretty picture as for its releases, and it has far less reasonably priced burners where I live. Heck, you'd be lucky to find any decent HD-DVD burner here right now. I really don't get what you guys see going for that format. It actually seem to struggle already when you take releases and support into account. Sure, Sony is backing it, but I couldn't care less about that at this point, and Microsoft is far from an angel either. Both use AACS and AACS is busted open now. BD use BD+ but it's largely unproven as a viable protection. It's just annoying to have a split market and it hurts the customers by delaying the adoption.

I've got 2 words for ya.

The Matrix.


*rolls eyes* Wow, look a title!

News for the HD DVD loving ignorant:

Warner supports BOTH formats.

"The Matrix" and "Blade Runner" will also be out for Blu-ray.

I guess EduardValencia likes his Toshiba monopoly.

Did Sony do the "Buy a PS3 and get a BRD movie free" deal in Europe too? I'm just curious how accurate this "jump" in sales is.

It wouldn't matter if they did. Those free movies don't count towards movie sales numbers. When are people going to get that fact through their thick skulls? People brought this up when the PS3 was first released, and the stupid comments keep coming!

Yes they did it. Casino Royale I believe it was. But they dont take into account those figures for the most part. There are some high quality movies on Blu-Ray only that have swayed the market.

I wonder how long until we see dual format players, when I see one of those for a reasonable price i will move onto next gen.....heres to the 3 year wait

I'm pretty sure LG already has one out there for sale. But it won't be long, I think most of them are waiting for a clear winner also.

Either way, they're still to pricy for me. I'm also in no rush since I don't buy movies anymore. At the most I rent, and since DVDs aren't going to die anytime soon I am in no real rush. I also have to get a new HDTV first anyways, that's higher up on my list right now.

HD DVD isn't going to win, if MS made the 360 have a HD player it in, may be a different story (external one doesn't count)

However I'm glad for Blu Ray, much better format.

From a consumer point of view, I'm actually quite glad MS didn't include the HD Drive in the machine itself. At least the consoles are not tied to a particular format - if Bluray wins the war, MS can easily release an addon Bluray drive with ease. But then again I am sure the same could be done for the PS3 if necessary.

kinetix63 said,
From a consumer point of view, I'm actually quite glad MS didn't include the HD Drive in the machine itself. At least the consoles are not tied to a particular format - if Bluray wins the war, MS can easily release an addon Bluray drive with ease. But then again I am sure the same could be done for the PS3 if necessary.

The difference of course being that you already paid for the blu-ray player and if you have to pay for an hd-dvd add-on, you're pretty ****ed you had to pay for blu-ray movie playback. I don't see blu-ray losing now though, although I don't want it to win.

I reckon blu-ray is going to win. This just shows its winning comfortably in Europe, and that gap will increase daily as more PS3's are purchased in Europe, and so more buy Blu-Ray dvds to test it out!

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