Blu-ray sales to overtake DVD... next year
Packaged media on last legs?
Blu-ray Disc sales will finally surpass those of DVDs next year.
So says market watcher Futuresource. Its numbers are based on revenues. Next year, BD will account for 41 per cent of home entertainment spending on content, DVD for 26 per cent.
Online-sourced video content will account for 15 per cent, and video-on-demand delivered over cable TV networks 18 per cent of what consumers spend on content.
All four categories will contribute almost $25bn in revenues by 2014, though it pales in comparison to the $500bn Futuresource expects punters to spend on all forms of entertainment - cinema, music downloads, cable and satellite TV subscriptions, and videogames included - during that year. ®
Please be specific - Blu-ray sales revenue to overtake DVD sales revenue
I'd bet the actual number of DVDs sold will outnmber the number of Blu-Rays sold.
Have you done "Apple sales overtake Dell" yet ?
When I can buy the drives region-free at reasonably cheap (read: same as any other optical drive) prices, and there's the equivalent of DeCSS commonly available, then I'll think about it.
Until then I'll buy the DVD, and download the blu-ray rip if I really want the HD version. Don't like it? Give me my region-free drives without attached bullshit, then!
Not buying it
I'm not buying any Blu-ray discs as long as they come with their silly DRM-ridden crap.
Not just because I believe DRM actually hampers innovation, but also because there is not a single player that can play encrypted discs without problems under my OS (linux).