Blu-ray maintains 2-to-1 sales lead over HD-DVD, if barely.

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We last saw official numbers for Blu-ray / HD DVD disc sales in August, and for those wondering what a month or so would do to the race, we’ve got extraordinarily uneventful news. According to Home Media Research, sales of Blu-ray titles from January 1st to September 30th of this year now total 2.6-million units, while the HD DVD camp has moved some 1.4-million flicks in the same period. Granted, HD DVD has managed to close the gap somewhat, and analysts are expecting the impressive sales of Transformers (among other notable Q4 releases) to narrow the margin further by the year’s end. ‘Course, we’re no closer now to settling this whole format war than we were this summer, but it’s always enjoyable to pick apart the statistics, no?

My question in this article is how is a difference of 1.2 million units barely? If they are talking about the ratio then yes, otherwise some people are seriously wacky.

Source here.

Last Updated: October 24, 2007

  • abev

    I cant believe that HD DVD has only sold 1.2 million units world wide let alone 2.6 for bluray, this sounds like it should be the sales figures for japan only or something?

  • Ruslan

    Most people in the US or EU rent movies. So thats why I presume the figures are so low.

  • LazySAGamer

    Or most people don’t care about this format war. I think I heard that Transformers has sold over 150 000 units which is a lot when you compare it to total HD-DVD sales

  • doobiwan

    For me that’s the nutshell right there, the whole war is a farce. There’s nothing wrong with DVD, the extra pixels are just a nice to have. To joe public, it’s cool when it’s “free” over SD, but paying 3x the price for a TV, 3x the price for the player and 3x the price for every movie just isn’t worth it.

  • Banana hammock

    Combined HD sales were 4 million? That’s a joke, how many DVDs were sold in that period?

  • @ abev, Japan only, thats a joke right? HD-DVD make a dent that big in Japan. LOL.

  • abev

    Yea Japan was just an example and was the first country that popped into my head, I was gonna say Aus but that would have been worse 🙂

    I agree with everything that has been said here.
    However I do think that bigger storage for games is the bonus side of this “war”.

  • Ruslan

    Bigger storage on a slower BR drive? It will become a PC scheme of copying game content to the HDD, but heck… Sony kept saying the PS3 “is” a PC. 🙂

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