Gamedaily writes, according to Futuresource, Blu-ray sales (both players and movies) have been on the rise in Europe and Sony's high-definition format is being adopted by consumers at a "far faster" pace than DVD did over a decade ago. Sales of Blu-ray players (not including millions of PS3s) are predicted to more than triple in 2009, reaching 2.5million units across Europe. Futuresource said that in its first three years, Blu-ray (including PS3 sales) has outsold DVD by about five times over the equivalent period.
With the release of more and more classic films and hot titles like The Dark Knight, Blu-ray is finally starting to make its presence felt. The data trackers at GfK reported that Blu-ray disc sales in Britain during November were up 165 percent over October, as 462,500 Blu-ray discs were purchased.
Furthermore, December data from the British Video Association (BVA), shows that The Dark Knight sold 513,000 units in one day with Blu-ray disc representing 21 percent of all discs sold. And in France, Blu-ray's share of the optical disc market is expected to double next year to six percent. For all of Europe, 6.5 million Blu-ray discs have been sold to date, which represents year-over-year growth of 320 percent.