AAPL Stock: 109.5 ( -1.28 )

Printed from

Gap closes between Blu-Ray and HD DVD

updated 10:55 am EST, Fri February 2, 2007

Blu-Ray/HD DVD gap closes

The sales of Blu-Ray discs are finally beginning to approach their HD DVD counterparts, says Nielsen VideoScan, an division of the famous TV ratings company. By the end of the first week of January, HD DVD sales were 47.14 percent of Blu-Ray's; by the end of the second week, that ratio was 38.36 percent. The gap had narrowed to a mere 7.6 percent as of January 14th. If this growth continues, Blu-Ray should soon overtake HD DVD, despite the latter's headstart -- the first HD DVD player having launched in April of last year, and the first Blu-Ray player in the fall.

The exact reason for Blu-Ray growth is unknown, but it is suspected that the launch of Sony's Playstation 3 game console may be strongly involved. While users can buy an HD DVD drive for Microsoft's Xbox 360, the product is an external add-on that lacks HDMI input. Conversely, the PS3 comes with a Blu-Ray and HDMI built-in, but is actually cheaper than many stand-alone Blu-Ray or HD DVD players. Figures from HD DVD backers reveal that they had shipped 175,000 players to the US by January 5th; Sony, meanwhile, claims to shipped over a million PS3s by the same date. [Via The Register]

by MacNN Staff




  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Blu-Ray already higher

    Read the article again. Blu-Ray sales are already higher than HD-DVD by a factor of 2 to 1.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented