Blu-ray discs outsell HD DVDs almost 3:1 in Europe
17 BD playback boxes bought for every one HD DVD unit
European consumers have bought more than 1m pre-recorded movie Blu-ray Discs, the next-gen optical disc format's backers said today. That's roughly 73 per cent of all HD discs sold in Europe in the past 12 months, they claimed.
The figures were published by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) but produced by independent market watcher GfK. The two numbers don't quite synchronise: the total number of discs purchased are sales to date, but the percentage comes from disc sales since this time last year. But though Blu-ray Discs have been technically on sale longer than that, the year-to-date figure almost certainly so far outweighs disc sales up the the end of 4 November 2006 that the percentage isn't likely to be that far out.
From which we can conclude that around 1,369,863 high-definition discs have been purchased in the last 12 months, of which 369,863 were HD DVDs, less than a third of the total.
Now, since HD DVD player owners have bought, on average, 3.8 discs, according to the European HD DVD Promotional Group, that means there are roughly 97,332 HD DVD players and Xbox 360 add-ons out there. By contrast, there are 1,666,667 Blu-ray players and consoles in Europe - since those million discs were bought at a ratio of 0.6 discs per player owner. That 0.6 average also comes from the European HD DVD Promotional Group.
1,666,667 Blu-ray machines and 97,332 HD DVD devices - that's approximately 17 Blu-ray capable players in use to every HD DVD unit.
The BDA claimed the figures released today don't include sales of game discs. They shouldn't do so because the comparison would be unfair - there are no HD DVD game discs. However, add in the sale of PS3 games and the total number of BDs bought rockets past 21m.
Knock off the million movie discs and you have 20m games discs - approximately 12 per player, using the above Blu-ray player total, the vast majority of which are PS3s. There may be too few PS3 games out there that show off the console's capabilities to the full, but the machine's fans are clearly buying the other titles.
The BDA said the best-selling Blu-ray titles year-to-date were 300 – the best-selling title in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Benelux and Sweden - and Casino Royale, which took the number one slot in the UK and Ireland.
No HD-DVD for me
Why? Microsoft. Plain and simple. I have been dealing with computers for twenty years and I have seen how Microsoft conducts business. With them on the HD-DVD team I know I will get ripped off. Probably sooner than later.
They do some real good marketing and scare-tactics (Mafia, anyone?), but that's all. Switching to (Ubuntu) GNU/Linux was, and is, a big step. But worth it. And when the PS3 can be installed with GNU/Linux, play games and show me wondrous imagery in HighDef, the decision is made for me. (PS3 coming soon in my home)
Are figures, anything inferred from them can be entirely misleading.
Everyone knows 95% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
These stats are completely meaningless!
There are hardly any HD-DVDs available in the UK, but as stated by Anthony Nolan, there is no region coding on the disks.
I buy mine from the states - I'm sure most HD-DVD player owners will be doing the same.
The stats on European sales do no mean a thing.
Come on Tony
Come on Tony, that is ridiculous.
You are rowing back on what you originally said.
"Region Coding is an established part of the HD DVD specification and has been for some time, so this is likely to become just as much a problem for HD DVD owners as Blu-ray Disc buffs."
An ESTABLISHED part of the specification is very different to an ad-hoc group working to DEVELOP a specification. Your further comments on whether current disks were region free or not only confirms the position you were taking, and which other posters have followed on from.
Why not do the decent thing, and admit you were wrong. HD-DVD is entirely region free. It might not remain so, but right now ALL HD-DVD players and discs are region free.
I don't suppose you could drop any hints on where to find the SD DVD multi-region hack? I've been waiting since this time last year for one to come out, and indeed gave up and bought a (really very poor) upscaling Philips player to handle SD discs until it became available.
Although, I have to say that I'm tempted to just keep using my 360 as an R2 and HD-DVD player, and get a US PS3 to play R1 and BluRay. Even if there isn't a single game I particularly want to play on it yet. That would still leave the odd R3 and R4 disc I have, but they're a tiny minority that could be ripped and rewritten if push came to shove.