In the DVD War Over High Definition, Most Buyers Are Sitting It Out

Via The New York Times:

What if nobody wins the high-definition DVD format wars? That increasingly looks to be the situation for the next-generation DVD technology, which is available to consumers in two incompatible formats.

A little more than 18 months after their introduction, the two systems - Blu-ray, developed by Sony, and HD DVD, from Toshiba - have sold around one million stand-alone players combined. Both sides promote their technologies, their movie studio allies and the growing list of movies available in the new formats.

Yet neither has a clear advantage, either in terms of technology, number of movies or, increasingly, the price of the equipment. According to data from Adams Media Research, 578,000 HD DVD and 370,000 Blu-ray machines will be sold by the end of this year.

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eagle214035d ago

Someone has to play the game! lol

Close_Second4034d ago much have you supported Blu-Ray. Have you purchased 5, 10, 20 or more movies as yet?

And do you not care that they will all suddenly become worthless should Blu-Ray be the losing format? Sure, you could still play them but that would be like still having a pile of Betamax tapes lying around.

PopEmUp4033d ago

you mean HD-DVD cause you're absolutely right

chfthnder264033d ago

i am replying to both of you above me i have over 35 hd dvd movies and i love watching everyone if hd dvd doesnt become the standard then they will not be useless they will be like watching a hi-def movie not betamax you guys really need to get off of sonys nuts

Close_Second4033d ago

I'm not on Sony's nuts. I'm against this entire rediculous format debate. To put consumers in the middle of this AGAIN is darn right criminal. Until this debate is sorted and we get a single unified format or all movies come out on both then both Toshiba and Sony can take a flying leap.

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power of Green 4035d ago

I'll support the war too I just got through watching The Bourn Ultimatum.

crazy250004034d ago (Edited 4034d ago )

i guess this is war in the 21st century =)

EDIT: im fighting for Blu-Ray

Shadow Flare4034d ago (Edited 4034d ago )

its quite simple what format will win, its bluray


USA: 2/3:1
Europe: 4:1
Japan: 9:1

and bluray has been selling to those ratios and inreasing those ratios since it launched. Incidently it launched after HD-DVD....cough...ps3...cough

Toshiba's super cheap $100 HD-DVD player failed to push enough units

HD-DVD's biggest titles like Bourne Ultimatum, Transformers and Shrek 3 had next to no effect on the HD market

And every ps3 sold is another bluray player on the market

And Warner is looking to go exclusive sometime. I wonder which format they'll choose

The only people who say HD-DVD can win are people who have bought HD-DVD players and are defending their purchase. So why listen to them when the facts have stated the situation for more then a year

mboojigga4034d ago (Edited 4034d ago )

Your bragging about 3% in hi-def sales in comparison to DVD. neither of these formats regardless of BR winning are going to take over anytime soon. Some of you all need to actually look at the numbers because you see articles for the past year BR outsells HD-DVD 10-1 for some of those movies your bragging about sales of only 10,000 the same DVD movie pulling in 3-400,000 copies. Neither side is winning.

AceLuby4034d ago

Which somehow doesn't count in this war, didn't you hear?

Pro HD-DVD: They are primarily used for games, PS3 owners don't buy blu ray movies.

Pro 360: PS3's are primarily used for movies, PS3 owners don't buy games.

FWIW I have 7 blu ray movies and 10 PS3 games.

eagle214034d ago

You are SPOT ON! I have many games and movies too! Bubble this one guys!!!!

bizi64984034d ago

Blu-ray has been dwarfing HD-DVD in sales for quite some time.
What planet is the NYT from?

Now these people are trying to reframe the competition as HD vs old DVD: a classic strategy trick, when you're getting pawned, try to reframe the battle to your advantage. Who could ever compete with DVD numbers today?

HD-DVD supporters = sour losers

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