Monday, February 5, 2007

FILM: Sony names Blu-ray as winner over HD-DVD

Sony's Blu-ray for-the-win?

SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) today realeased a few bits of information hoping to swing the Blu-ray/Toshiba HD-DVD war. Sony says that since the release of their gaming machine, the Playstation 3, Blu-ray Disc has undergone "tremendous growth in consumer adoption."

Sony stated that:

-Blu-ray has outsold HD-DVD in cumulative sales.
-Blu-ray titles outsold HD-DVD titles by more than two-to-one during the first week of January 2007.
-Blu-ray titles outsold HD-DVD titles by more than three-to-one during the second week of January 2007.

While some sites are stating that these tidbits of information declare the winner of the media war, I still believe that it's far from over. First off, Sony didn't release cumulative sales numbers, only the fact that they were selling more. The battle could be neck and neck or it could be a landslide, we're not sure. Second, the other stats released by Sony are VERY specific, and don't mean much when you look at the big picture.

I'm yet to pick sides in the HD-DVD/Blu-ray media war, I'll wait until the dust has settled and pick the victor. Until then I'll sit on the fence.


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Farley said...

Sony would try to declare themselves the winner early on. They are selling hot right now because of all the hype that went into the ps3. Unfortunately for them, you hit it on the nose. We need to wait till the dust settles. I think the cheaper hd-dvd will come out the winner in the long run. It doesn't require a special player and the difference between the HD and the blueray discs isn't detectable by the human eye.

Larry_Chimp_Man said...

Absolutely. Also, I think one thing that puts HD-DVD ahead is that it is easily recognized as a movie format by the general public while some are still unsure of what Blu-ray is. Sure, people who have been following the development of HD movies will understand, but ask the average person what Blu-ray is and they'll probably be unsure.

Thanks for your comment.