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Blu-ray sales nudge past HD DVD

February 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

The latest US HD disc sales, for the week ending February 18, show titles gaining momentum over , but only just. The data, released by Nielsen VideoScan First Alert reveals that for every 100 BD movies sold, HD DVD shifted 98.71. Ken Graffeo, Universal’s HD DVD chief says that when you factor the PlayStation3 into the equation, BD hardware outnumbers HD DVD equipment by 5:1; “life-to-date title sales ratios are close to 1:1, so why aren’t Blu-ray software sales outpacing HD DVD by a similar ratio?”
Graffeo says that HD DVD players continue to have the highest disc to player attachment ratio. David Bishop, worldwide home entertainment president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment commented: “Seeing HD DVD in our rear-view mirror is no surprise to us. Blu-ray’s success is something that we have predicted since we first started promoting the format.” He cites s technical superiority of the format and greater player introductions as reveals for a format victory.
Warner, which supports both systems, concludes: “Both formats are selling well on software.”

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Home cinema · Trade

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