How can we expect Blu-ray to succeed?

Don Reisinger @ Cnet: Online research firm, Futuresource, released a study Monday that discussed the relative success Blu-ray is enjoying right now in Western Europe.

According to the report, Blu-ray disc sales are up significantly in Europe so far this holiday season, and based on its findings, it believes the strong sales will continue through 2009. In fact, it believes European Blu-ray sales will triple during 2009, seeing 2.5 million players enter homes next year. Similar results are being witnessed in the U.S.

But that's not all. A release last week claimed the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight, witnessed sales of 1.7 million Blu-ray units, representing the most popular Blu-ray title of all-time.

Quite impressive, eh? Well, what if I told you that worldwide combined DVD and Blu-ray sales of The Dark Knight totaled 13.5 million units? Suddenly, that 1.7 million Blu-ray unit mark doesn't look so hot next to the 11.8 million DVDs that were sold, huh?

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rucky3801d ago

Sheesh it's this guy again. Stick with your Digital downloads and upscaled dvds if it makes you feel better loser.

MURKERR3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

is constant these days... i think alot of consumers are starting to see realise though

ezcex3801d ago

oh man look at that merry go round n round n round n round.

Nathan Drake3801d ago

It's a shame websites such as CNET have hired buffoons

Nineball21123801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

Have you seen his picture on Cnet? He looks like he's 16 years old.


I bet he's pulling more money down than me though. :-( Haha...

On topic: There has to be a vested interested in the beyond obvious Blu-ray bashing...

It's a great storage device and it's a pretty big step up from DVDs.

Razzy3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

Hey Don Reisinger.......f**k off!! Tell many copies of the Matrix sold on VHS tape as compared to DVD when that format was in it's infancy?

XxZxX3801d ago

Don't sweat it, Nineballs, Editors are just loud mouth talker, they don't pulled as much money as their mouth are. Work hard and you should be passing them easily

Marceles3801d ago

"Think of it this way: would the average consumer rather buy a Blu-ray player for $250 and purchase movies for $30 at Best Buy or buy an Apple TV for $300 or a Roku Netflix Box for $99 and watch as many movies as they'd like at a cheaper price without going to the store?" he serious? Of course the average consumer would buy a disc-based media player, he's gotta be retarded. The average consumer probably barely knows how to use iTunes or is just now getting used to it. The average consumer even thinks downloading a song takes a long time, so imagine how long it would be for a movie. We're not even close to downloading a movie as fast as the average person can download a song. The idea of downloading everything from the comfort of your own home sounds good, but until everything is foolproof, the average consumer is gonna keep it simple, stupid and buy discs.

N4360G3801d ago

Blu-Ray is doing good,there is no doubt about that,but it will take a couple of more years before Blu-Ray really takes off.HDTV's are getting cheaper and more people are buying them and are interested in Blu-Ray movies.

Oner3801d ago

All this doom and gloom sounds eerily familiar

Yipee Bog3801d ago

Death race on blu-ray and I'll just say....I'm absolutely blown away. So much interactive things with it it's almost overwhelming. BD-live is wicked good too. Looks great, sounds amazing. Bought it for 26.99 U.S. where as new dvd's are still 19.99. why not buy blu-ray, I'd buy it if I didn't have an HDTV. with the movie you get a digital copy you can put on your computer or mp3 player. sorry to sound like an advertisement but if we continue to see Blu-ray movies with all this content its only a matter of time before dvd's are replaced.

Danja3801d ago

ppl need to seriously start ignoring these articles and then ppl will stop submitting them , this guy obviously doesn't like Blu Ray / Sony and for a new format selling 1.7 million in a week is amazing sales will only go up for Blu Ray , market Share will only increase where as DVD sales will continue to decrease over time...

Blu Ray has already acquired 15% market share that quite impressive.

boodybandit3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

Edited my response because Don Reisinger isn't even worth it.

Aaron Greenterd3801d ago

please see my comments below concerning this insignificant matter.

thank you and god bless the World of America

jadenkorri3801d ago

his last statement shows his opionion

"Now bring on the streaming"

seriously, someone this biased towards the 360, should not be working as a reporter for your company/website...this guy wrote a complete article full of sh!t, gotta love cnet, another website i won't goto anymore...

GrandTheftZamboni3801d ago

I can understand him, wondering how much money he lost betting on HD-DVD.

XxZxX3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

jadenkorri, can't argue with people that prefer sh*tty streaming quality. No matter how hard you try, you can't win. this guy love heavy compressed bad quality 720x480p, what can you say about that, you just cant beat that at all.

dcbronco3801d ago

People stop taking everything from blogs as fact. Microsoft and CBS are two completely different companies.

anh_duong3801d ago

i set my watch to don r negative blu-ray articles. one seems to arrive every 5 days prompt.

hitthegspot3801d ago



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Nineball21123801d ago

Ol' Don is at it again...

Some quotes:

"Of course, we shouldn't expect Blu-ray to catch up anytime soon."

"Based on all that information, can we honestly sit here and say that Blu-ray has a chance at becoming the success DVD is? I just don't see it."

"Maybe it was bad timing or perhaps it was a complete misunderstanding of consumer desire, but either way, Blu-ray strikes me as just another footnote in the long and storied history of home entertainment. Now bring on the streaming."

What a tool. It's like he doesn't even care to put up any semblance of being fair or unbiased.

He is good for a laugh though.

Aaron Greenterd3801d ago

Don Reisinger is a fellow employee and a good friend. He has been in the business long enough to know what a good "bonus" can do for a struggling analyst.

And to all those gamers who think my company has no pull with the media, we are proud to have you as a customer. We at Microsoft hate the media, thats why we didn't want to buy Yahoo, they kept wanting US to buy THEM and made US 2 offers for a buyout.

It's only a matter of time, however, until Yahoo just gives themselves to us. Then, my company can point ps3 searches to our affiliate sites like Variety while an xbox 360 search would go to our affiliate site Metacritic.

But yeah, we hate the media and have no part it in whatsoever, including myself, I am not a media based propaganda mouthpiece. Nothing to see here folks.

XxZxX3801d ago

greenterd, you are awesome. bubble to you

zag3801d ago

MS didn't attempt to buy out Yahoo?

Even after offering for over 16months and upping the offer as well.

And then pulls out only to re-offer to buy them out again 3 months later.

Yep siree, MS isn't trying to buy out Yahoo at all, no way not on your life are they trying to buy out yahoo.

The reallity it's nothing to do with Sony nor the PS3 Sony out sells MS times over in selling consoles it's not funny, the compreos are a complete waste of time at the end of the day.

It's more about MS trying to out pace or beat Google.

meepmoopmeep3801d ago

wait, i remember VHS outselling DVD by a large chunk
when DVD was first introduced.
what happened to that?

Nathan Drake3801d ago

DVD is doomed,it will never be as popular as VHS,DVD is a sinking ship,DVD killed Harry Potters parents,etc etc etc

Raoh3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )


they are also forgetting the bigger part. its not their decision.

movie studios will eventually leave dvd's with no features. then eventually stop making dvd's like they stopped making vhs tapes. the price of making a blu ray eventually will cost the same as a dvd only you can store more on a blu ray. also the the disc is cheaper as you only need one disc not two glued together.

but shhh.. the cnet/microsoft gang still think the war is still going on.

sretlaw3801d ago

Plus movie makers make more money reselling older movies on blu-ray to those crazy people who just have to have every movie in the format. Personally, I deem movies "Blu-ray worthy" and unworthy. Kung Fu Panda, Wall-E, Dark Knight, Across the Universe, Iron Man, Transformers, 300...blu-ray worthy. Mamma Mia...ehhhh not so blu ray worthy...or dvd worthy really lol :P

Nathan Drake3801d ago

What if I told you the worldwide sales of The Dark Knight via Digital Downloads were less than 50,000?

Suddenly that 1.7 Million Blu-Ray mark looks pretty hot eh?

Aaron Greenterd3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

thats nonsense. I don't know who this "Nathan Drake" is, but if he is a popular ps3 game character, I will make certain that his game will only make it to an 89 on Metacritic; all I have to do is send an email to my friend Marc Doyle and he will make sure that basic letter-to-number conversions are made in error, or publications that nobody has ever heard of with their rogue 2/10 scores will get weighted higher in the aggregate.

and as for this "Blu-ray", I can assure you that sales of HD-DVD for the Dark Knight were very strong, and I can also assure you that digital downloads of TDK outpaced those of DVD and Blu-ray combined. I know this because I made it up, just now.

Sarcasm3801d ago

lol I love you Aaron Greenterd.

The true Master of Sarcasm. Which isn't me.

Zeevious3801d ago (Edited 3801d ago )

method of comparison makes the less than 1/5 of ONE percent, entire market share of Digital Downloads look pretty laughable.

I mean it's simple: If DVD is Blu-Ray's competition...aren't Digital Downloads in competition with BOTH? (and with a fractional percent of the market!)

So which would you rather have again?

Closing in on 1/5 of a 12 million DVD/BR release


Closing in on 1/5 of one SINGLE percent

? ? ? . . . Let me think now...

Hmmm . . .


Don't rush me...

hmmm . . . Well, OK...I'll take the first one.

Raoh3801d ago

LOL fail. again.

just to add, New York wants to add a 4% tax to online media such as iTunes, Downloadable movies and music, games etc.

when economy is like this other states follow suit as just like NYC followed L.A. on the public spaces smoke ban.

where is your downloadable future now when for the price of a 480p download is the same price as a physical 1080p movie?

i think i get it now though. not only was m icrosoft upset that the media group that decided on blu ray over hd dvd didnt use micorosft's HDi software.

Mircrosoft is desperate to kill blu ray so they dont have to include it on their next console that should be out soon.

LOL i see your game now MS.