Sony Corp. chief Howard Stringer reversed his previous description of the high-def format war as "at a stalemate" in light of Warner Bros.' abandonment of the HD DVD format, and cheered what he now sees as a Blu-ray victory.
Stringer closed Sony's Sunday press conference on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here by saying "All of us at Sony are feeling Blu. But that is a good feeling. We thank Warner to release only in Blu-ray."
The HD DVD format has shown pluck, with sales of its set-tops-particularly Toshiba players-topping sales during the holiday season's Black Friday week. But BD set-tops surged during December, overtaking HD DVD players, Sony VP Chris Fawcett told VB after the press conference.
"Every week after Black Friday, BD set-tops collectively beat Toshiba players," he said. "During the week leading up to Christmas, BD set-tops were 67% of market share unit sales and Sony was 50% of that."