Friday, April 27, 2007

Real Numbers In the Next-Gen DVD Battle

Finally some real numbers showing how the two sides compare.  In the first quarter, BluRay sold 830,000 titles and HD-DVD sold 335,000 according to Home Media Magazine.  Those numbers look pretty bleak for HD-DVD but they are both so small in the overall shiny video disc market as to be insignificant.  For some perspective, these sales figures put the total DVD sales at around $1.5 billion for the quarter.  Even at $30/disc for the HD formats, their sales are a tiny fraction of the total.  The PS3 launch definitely gave BluRay a boost.  Will the Wal-Mart deal even things up a bit?  It's still too early to call a winner in this race.  My money is still on downloads.

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