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BD disc sales surpass 1m units across Europe

Lyris
11-27-2007, 07:21 AM
The BDA just sent me this...

BLU-RAY DISC SALES ACROSS EUROPE

SURPASS ONE MILLION UNITS

- Blu-ray disc accounts for 73% of High Definition discs sold -

LONDON – (27 November, 2007) –Total Blu-ray Disc movie sales across Europe have topped one million units, it was announced today by the Blu-ray Disc Association European Promotions Committee. Of the High Definition movie discs bought by consumers year-to-date in Europe, 73% were in the Blu-ray Disc format and 27% were HD DVD, according to sales data provided by Media Control Gfk International.

The only High Definition packaged media universally supported by the film, music, gaming and computer industries, BD is the #1 selling High Definition packaged media. The one million unit milestone relates to movies only. If BD game disc production is added into the equation, then total number of discs produced for sale in Europe already exceeds 21 million units. The so-called ‘PlayStation effect’ is important since it is creating major economies of scale and makes BD disc replication cost effective.

Blu-ray Disc movie sales experienced their highest weekly sales since the inception of the format, in week 44, topping 66,000 units. * This is due to the launch of new release titles such as 300, Spider-Man 3, Die Hard 4.0 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.


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“This is an important milestone for Blu-ray Disc in Europe and proves once

again that whenever consumers have the choice they decide overwhelmingly in favour of BD,” stated Frank Simonis, Chairman of the Blu-ray Disc European Promotions Committee. “Early indicators show that the Christmas holiday season will be exceptionally good for Blu-ray Disc across all categories from packaged media to standalone players and BD capable games consoles.”

News of the 1 millionth Blu-ray Disc sale in Europe was met with pleasure in many of the leading Hollywood studios. Bob Chapek, Worldwide President, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment believes that this news is the prelude for an exponential growth period in BD sales.

“Blu-ray will inevitably prevail because Blu-ray delivers what consumers want: True High Definition picture without compromise, the best sound quality, the best choice in content, the most in special features, and of course the most disc storage capacity. No tradeoffs. No compromises,” commented Chapek.

Added Mike Dunn, Worldwide President, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, “I think European consumers realize the future is ‘Blu.’ The certainty that Blu-ray will be the successor to DVD boils down to one simple truth: Blu-ray technology is just better. It was created as a new format with plenty of room ready to serve movies, music, gaming and computing -- and sometimes all four at once. Having nearly 70 per cent more capacity on a Blu-ray disc, compared to a HD DVD disc, makes Blu-ray ‘future proof’ and allows for unbridled creativity as new interactive features evolve.”

Added David Bishop, Worldwide President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,"The extremely strong performance of Blu-ray in Europe in a relatively short period of time is no surprise and clearly demonstrates that consumers are embracing Blu-ray as the high definition format of choice. As in the United States, Blu-ray continuously outsells HD DVD by a ratio of more

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than more than two to one, and 3:1 since the launch of the PlayStation 3 in Europe. Consumer spending is sending an obvious message and this growing sales margin leaves little doubt that Blu-ray is on-track to ultimately win this format war worldwide."

In Europe, Blu-ray Disc's sales lead over the rival HD DVD format, increasing monthly since the PS3’s release in March (outselling HD DVD by 2:1 YTD and 3:1 since the launch of the PS3). The launch of the PS3 was seen as a turning point for the Blu-ray Disc format across Europe, with weekly movie sales of Blu-ray Disc titles averaging between two- and five-times the amount of HD DVD sales week over week.*

The best selling Blu-ray titles year-to-date are 300 – the number one selling title in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux and Sweden and Casino Royale - the number one selling title in UK and Ireland.

Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical disc format developed for High Definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data. This greater storage capacity enables the Blu-ray

Disc to store over six times the amount of content than is possible with current DVDs, and is particularly well-suited for High Definition feature films with extended levels of additional bonus and interactive material, as well as next generation computer games.

Blu-ray Disc also features the most advanced copy protection, player backward compatibility with the current DVD format, connectivity and advanced interactivity. Showcasing picture quality with six times the resolution of DVD and theatre quality “uncompressed” audio for the purest digital sound, the cutting-edge discs also feature enhanced and integrated menus, games, High Definition bonus materials and Java-encoding for more dynamic and sophisticated interactivity.

*Week 44, w/e 4th November, Media Control Gfk International

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HD VHS
11-27-2007, 07:22 AM
The BDA just sent me this...

rightyooo

hows the weather outside?

Lyris
11-27-2007, 07:25 AM
It's rainy, why? Not sure I understand your question? :confused:

HD VHS
11-27-2007, 07:35 AM
It's rainy, why? Not sure I understand your question? :confused:

Ummm do you support HD DVD or BD?

Lyris
11-27-2007, 07:37 AM
Oh for ***** sake :mad: I like watching movies. I'm a hardware reviewer/journalist/DVD author and have access to both, for whatever that's worth.

Does the fact I'm not picking one side and blindly devoting myself to it cause you problems? :rolleyes:

Nikopol
11-27-2007, 07:44 AM
Thanks for posting the newsletter, Lyris. Fyi there is another discussion about these figures here:

http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?t=57107

quexos
11-27-2007, 01:00 PM
Oh for ***** sake :mad: I like watching movies. I'm a hardware reviewer/journalist/DVD author and have access to both, for whatever that's worth.

Does the fact I'm not picking one side and blindly devoting myself to it cause you problems? :rolleyes:

Looks like you are finding out how intolerants those Reddies are.
Anything that is not suck-up to the Red side won't be welcome here.
People either leave or become more hardliners, unfortunately there is no other choice with them.

Here is the info relayed by Reuters and originating from Gfk International, so that the Reddies cannot just say it's BDA lies:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technology-media-telco-SP/idUSL2738108420071127

Joe_news
11-27-2007, 01:34 PM
Looks like you are finding out how intolerants those Reddies are.
Anything that is not suck-up to the Red side won't be welcome here.
People either leave or become more hardliners, unfortunately there is no other choice with them.

The sad part is thats true. I've seen what I imaged were all smart A/V folks act like kids defending freaking profit driven corporations like they were their mothers.

GROW UP!

I picked bluray because it was in my PS3 (like the 7+ million PS3 & BluRay player owners). Simple as that. The fact that both Sony and Disney are behind it pretty much cement the fact the format will win in my mind.

People are getting personal, and angry at each other when in reality people should be holding both sides feet to the fire for not making a unified disk format and F'ing over the start of a GREAT HD generation of products.

Lyris
11-27-2007, 03:52 PM
Well said. I love high quality video and I love films. That's why I first bought an HD DVD player when the early Blu-ray releases were a little disappointing, and that's when I bought a PS3 to watch BD on when the price was right.

The only thing sadder than this stupid format war are the people that pander to it, despite the fact that both sides are now doing excellent stuff.

PFC5
11-27-2007, 03:52 PM
The sad part is thats true. I've seen what I imaged were all smart A/V folks act like kids defending freaking profit driven corporations like they were their mothers.

GROW UP!

I picked bluray because it was in my PS3 (like the 7+ million PS3 & BluRay player owners). Simple as that. The fact that both Sony and Disney are behind it pretty much cement the fact the format will win in my mind.

People are getting personal, and angry at each other when in reality people should be holding both sides feet to the fire for not making a unified disk format and F'ing over the start of a GREAT HD generation of products.

I agree that people are acting like the format they chose is their child or something.

It is just a format people. Get both and be done with it. :D

Lyris
11-27-2007, 05:01 PM
BTW, Joe_news - I love your avatar. Reminds me of another format war from the not so distant past.

MikeRox
11-27-2007, 05:15 PM
BTW, Joe_news - I love your avatar. Reminds me of another format war from the not so distant past.

Difference is, that was a format war with something worth arguing for :p

Dreamcast - The Legend will Never die :D who else is buying the 2008 releases? :thumbsup:

junehhan
11-27-2007, 07:59 PM
I agree that people are acting like the format they chose is their child or something.

It is just a format people. Get both and be done with it. :D

Damnit, don't be going purple on us now! I suppose you might as well put your son's PS3 to some use since it is not like he is playing any PS3 games on it :)

Joe_news
11-27-2007, 10:21 PM
BTW, Joe_news - I love your avatar. Reminds me of another format war from the not so distant past.

Thanks ^_^)

I love the Dreamcast! Totally owned the PS2. I might get a new 2008 release...well see. I just don't want any more vertical shooters, so tired of those!

Which reminds me... *plugs Dreamcast website* - > www.segaforums.com/dreamcastmagic

Super XP
11-27-2007, 11:24 PM
Looks like you are finding out how intolerants those Reddies are.
Anything that is not suck-up to the Red side won't be welcome here.
People either leave or become more hardliners, unfortunately there is no other choice with them.

Here is the info relayed by Reuters and originating from Gfk International, so that the Reddies cannot just say it's BDA lies:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technology-media-telco-SP/idUSL2738108420071127
Look who's talking. The King of Blu-Ray Fanboy's. But I do respect your support, those 4 BD movies are wonderful, Blu-Ray should have a lot of you guys around :thumbsup:

DKwhite
11-27-2007, 11:30 PM
I agree that people are acting like the format they chose is their child or something.

It is just a format people. Get both and be done with it. :D

You'd act like that too if you spent twelve hours in labor to give birth to an HD-A2.

The corners really hurt!

PFC5
11-28-2007, 06:48 AM
Damnit, don't be going purple on us now! I suppose you might as well put your son's PS3 to some use since it is not like he is playing any PS3 games on it :)

I have been "purple" for almost 12 months now. It is a VERY red shade of purple though. :D

HD VHS
11-28-2007, 06:50 AM
Oh for ***** sake :mad: I like watching movies. I'm a hardware reviewer/journalist/DVD author and have access to both, for whatever that's worth.

Does the fact I'm not picking one side and blindly devoting myself to it cause you problems? :rolleyes:

Ease up dude it was a joke... :hithere:

HD VHS
11-28-2007, 06:56 AM
Looks like you are finding out how intolerants those Reddies are.
Anything that is not suck-up to the Red side won't be welcome here.
People either leave or become more hardliners, unfortunately there is no other choice with them.

Here is the info relayed by Reuters and originating from Gfk International, so that the Reddies cannot just say it's BDA lies:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technology-media-telco-SP/idUSL2738108420071127

Did you just make that statement...??

That's the difference between you and a normal Bluray supporter (Glow, Newwt and sometimes Jimmy Smith) you can have a normal convo with... you are just an idiot... and every post/reply you type is mentally challenged in some way..

Just get off your Mac.. I am assuming you are using a Mac due to your blinding arrogance (No offense to graphic designers) and go BUY SOME MORE BLURAY MOVIES!!!

that signature is embarrassing to you... sure some people don't have any movies... but they dont go around spinning shit about a format they actually don't give a rats about.

Sorry mate ... I've had a rough day, these forums are all in good fun :cool:

Madhatter
11-28-2007, 07:33 AM
Look who's talking. The King of Blu-Ray Fanboy's. But I do respect your support, those 4 BD movies are wonderful, Blu-Ray should have a lot of you guys around :thumbsup:

Looks like you aren't exactly buying the hell out of your chosen format either. :haha: Someone so in love with their format should have more than 30 HD movies in their collection (and before you ask, I have close to 90 blu movies in my collection).

BTW, why do you have New Line and Weinstein listed in your signature as HD DVD supporters? Don't seem to recall seeing anything released by those studios on the HD DVD side. :what:

Lee Stewart
11-28-2007, 07:42 AM
Looks like you aren't exactly buying the hell out of your chosen format either. :haha: Someone so in love with their format should have more than 30 HD movies in their collection (and before you ask, I have close to 90 blu movies in my collection).

BTW, why do you have New Line and Weinstein listed in your signature as HD DVD supporters? Don't seem to recall seeing anything released by those studios on the HD DVD side. :what:

Here you go:

http://hddvdstats.com/

hippy fascist
11-28-2007, 07:44 AM
Looks like you aren't exactly buying the hell out of your chosen format either. :haha: Someone so in love with their format should have more than 30 HD movies in their collection (and before you ask, I have close to 90 blu movies in my collection).

BTW, why do you have New Line and Weinstein listed in your signature as HD DVD supporters? Don't seem to recall seeing anything released by those studios on the HD DVD side. :what:


The difference is HD VHS earnt the the money to pay for his movies

You say you're still in high school, I'm guessing you're around 15-16

This means that in reality your PARENTS bought those 90 movies. If you actually got off your ass and got a job you might understand the value of money and realise quite how ridiculous blu-ray's pricing is.

You're gonna get a hell of a shock when you step out from mommy and daddy's umbrella and have to fend for yourself... :lol:

Madhatter
11-28-2007, 07:49 AM
The difference is HD VHS earnt the the money to pay for his movies

You say you're still in high school, I'm guessing you're around 15-16

This means that in reality your PARENTS bought those 90 movies. If you actually got off your ass and got a job you might understand the value of money and realise quite how ridiculous blu-ray's pricing is.

You're gonna get a hell of a shock when you step out from mommy and daddy's umbrella and have to fend for yourself... :lol:

And you believed that? Teeeheeeheee.

hippy fascist
11-28-2007, 07:50 AM
And you believed that? Teeeheeeheee.

The low level of intelligence and logical reasoning, general ignorance and denial of proven facts combined with the hissyfits pointed me in that direction

These traits would suggest an uneducated child, yes :hithere: