Blu-ray Announcements From IFA 2007: Liveblogging the Conference

Well, Bluray have got their first, by ensuring their press conference is the day before HD DVDs, and therefore they're first to declare that they are winning the format war. But don't worry, no doubt you'll hear something to the contrary tomorrow.

In Western Europe currently, apparently 94% of high def players are Blu-ray, if you include PS3s. This is likely to increase as Sony's recently announced Play TV makes the PS3 more attractive.

We've just been told that Hitachi are going to be making a Very Important Announcement in relation to Bluray at their press conference tomorrow.

Warner Home Video announce that they're going to launch Oceans 11,12 and 13 simultaneously, as well as Harry Potter 1-5 so that customers can watch the whole lot togther.

More stats: Bluray discs are outselling HD-DVD 3:1 in Western Europe at the moment, since the launch of the PS3.

Disney sees format benchmarks in terms of releasing their cartoons.In Autumn 2008 Sleeping Beauty will be launched as a Platinum Edition, which means heaps and heaps of lovely extras.

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Foliage4068d ago

There's a lot of encouraging news in there.

thereapersson4068d ago (Edited 4068d ago )

Though we won't see the end of this battle for a while, it's good to see Blu-Ray announce more good stuff on their side.

I guess this also puts a stop to the rumor that Warner would go HDDVD exclusive...

MrSwede4068d ago

Does it say that? I´m a little too lazy to read the whole thing but does it say the movies will be released on Blu-Ray?

Foliage4068d ago

"Another big announcement is that as well as HP, Dell and Lenovo all supporting Bluray, Acer will now also be, meaning the top 4 laptop manufacturers are all committed to the format."

More good news.

Rooftrellen4068d ago (Edited 4068d ago )

So in western Europe bluray players are outselling HD DVD players by 19:1 and are only outselling 3:1 with discs?

There is really something very wrong in the world of bluray, but I can't quite see what it is.

Edit: Foliage, yes, I know that can make the results a little less balanced, but that's a huge gap I wouldn't expect to see even with the majority of HD players out there being PS3. It still doesn't feel good, or right, for bluray to be quite like that.

Foliage4068d ago

Most people buy the PS3 to simply play games, but each console sold still counts as a bluray player sold.

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