Following an impressive surge during Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, Blu-ray sales have set a new record. For the week ending 12/14/13, consumers generated $127.10 million in Blu-ray disc revenue, up 15.7% from the same week last year.
The previous record for Blu-ray disc revenue set during Black Friday was $119.15 million. During the same week, DVD revenue was $203.04 million, down 15.2% from the same period last year.
Total spending for the week ending 12/14/13 was down 5.48% from the same week the previous year.
I know not everybody can afford bluray. However with PS3, PS4, XB1, all having Bluray players it definitely helps. People who have never owned a bluray player before are now getting them on these systems. This will definitely help bluray go up in sales and not be discontinued like HDDVD. Even for people that don't have players, sometimes its cheaper or the same price to buy the Blu/DVD/Digital combo pack. That way they can watch the dvd and if they decide to purchase a blu player, they will have a copy of that film waiting for them on blu.
But honestly with 4K becoming more close to actually being a format, DVD should really start to go down in sales soon. I refuse to buy a DVD today unless its not available on blu.
There are way too many titles that have yet to be released on bluray (including TV shows) and perhaps they never will, so I would not count DVDs out yet, after all, they're still being included in these combo packs and there's still a considerable maket for them, otherwise they would have been discontinued the way that Betamax, VHS and even HD DVD were. In my humble opinion, I don't see any reason why they can't co-exist. As long as they're still being offered to the consumer in the form of a combo pack, they are not going to be discontinued any time soon. Ultimately, it will be the consumer's choice as to which format they'll choose to watch their films in, and as we can all see, they're still being watched on both formats...
People that "can't afford Blu-ray" certainly aren't going to be able to afford PS3, PS4, or XB1. I get your thinking, but the surge in sales is more due to Blu-ray players dropping in price.
I don't think BD is dead but I think its focus has changed. Except in major centres try and find a catalogue title at your local video store. Almost all the new releases each week are truly new (i.e. recent/current films). There are fewer catalogue titles being released or being sold at most bricks and mortar stores. The best bet now for catalogue title purchases is strictly online. In the future I think we can still expect the release of some catalogue/classic titles if only to bolster a major studio's prestige but most catalogue material will come from small operations in limited quantities as Twilight Time is now doing. The fact that it takes them forever to sell their limited 3,000 copies of a given film indicates that there really isn't much of market for old films out there anymore. In brief, I see BD as on its way to be a niche product for either those who want the best PQ and AQ while the rest of the populace are quite happy to settle for DVDs and even streaming/downloading.
I don't think price is a barrier for people upgrading to blu-ray anymore. A decent player can be had for well under $100 now, and the movies are the same price as DVDs mostly. I think a lot of the reason for the slow speed in catching up to DVD is just ignorance, and many people don't think it's anything better, or don't care enough about the quality of what they watch to bother upgrading. There are probably still a few out there with old standard definition TVs too. Also, blu ray is competing with these newfangled alternative ways to watch movies, through streaming, devices, cloud, or whatever. People are getting caught up in that kind of technology instead, where they don't actually physically possess the movies they buy, they just have to hope they will always be available (which they won't, not when you have people on high that are just waiting for a reason to flip a switch and turn off the internet).
It's quite logical that BD will take over the DVD sales further on. Like DVD took over VHS, CD took over vinyl, and so on.
But what always bother me is that not all BD's put out are as good as they could be. A LOT of movies and TV series that are unforgettable gems STILL haven't been released and gotten a proper overhaul and restoration. It's not so much that it still isn't out, as that...!
Only here, in Sweden, there are a lot of fantastic material that is unique for the whole world that partly is out on BD, but definitely haven't gotten a good treatment at all. Some of it is even in 1080i! So, what's the point of HD then, and even UHD? If the lazy studios won't even bother with it, except to earn some money by just throwing stuff at us that isn't even worth looking at?
So, again, that's the main problem here and what is more noteworthy, than that BD sales are increasing and DVD sales are decreasing. Because the latter is just pure logic and the way us humans work. We strive for better things. While the studios don't, it seems. Well, they are killing themselves, at least reputation-wise. >.<
@Porco Azzurro... It's interesting to see how Mr Robin Harris (of zdnet) isn't saying much of anything regarding bluray these days, especially since he "has been a computer buff for over 35 years and selling and marketing data storage for over 30 years in companies large and small". He's probably helping himself to a big old slice of humble pie, as we speak. And as for Mr. Rob Mead (of techradar)he is probably partaking in a slice of that pie as well. It just goes to show you that some of these "self professed experts" know absolutely nothing about what they're writing or talking about, they simply formed an opinion and expected the masses to believe in what they were saying as if it were the gospel truth. Thank goodness I paid them no mind...
@ anataciafreak: You "prefer dvds"? Sorry, but that was so rediculous, so absurdly unfounded I couldn't bring myself to read anything else you said. I can only assume you meant to say you prefer their price. BD beats out dvd in every single way. From presentation quality, to disc functionality, to disc durability, to... well, everything. Not by any kind of narrow margin either.
This isn't exactly good news folks. The only part of those statistics that studios are interested in is that physical media as a whole is still on the decline, meaning: more of their focus will continue to be on digital delivery, which they prefer anyway, and we'll continue to see more stores scaling back their physical inventories and prices will continue to rise. It's also not exactly revolutionary news. For the past several years, every time such stats are published, dvd has been down and BD has been up. It's become the status quo. Nothing new here at all.
@psb1962: That's also the experience at Best Buy's Canadian cousin, Future Shop. I think it's because the company wants BD to go away so that it can sell you their Cinema Now streaming services instead.
@moulinblu: If you want the absolute best picture and audio quality then BD is the way to go. Nothing so far beats it. However as heretical as it seems to say it, most people don't care about either. They just want the program. They're the people who watch TV on mini-screen smartphones and use an HDTV to watch SD (including DVDs) material exclusively. The bad news is that they are close to, if not the majority of all viewers. When you come to this website or any of its many cousins you get a false idea of the level of interest in HD and BD. The converted come here to discuss HT with their fellow enthusiasts not the unbelievers.
@anastaciafreak, in 99% of the cases the Blu-ray version is superior to the equivalent DVD in PQ and AQ. That is a fact. If you prefer DVD because you already have 1000's so be it...I own quite a few myself. However, in the last six years I have purchased less than 20 DVDs and over 1,400 Blu-rays. I will be upgrading my Criterion DVDs of The Hidden Fortress and Throne of Blood very soon. Why? The DVDs look and sound good, but the Blu-ray versions will look and sound better.
@anastaciafreak -- If you're gonna defend DVD, be smart about it. Anyone with common sense knows everything you're saying is just complete nonsense. If you prefer DVDs, good for you, why bother coming here in the first place?
This news is not as great as all might think. Yes Blu-ray sales being up by that much is great, but they did not make up loss in the DVD share, which meant total disc revenue was still down significantly. Those that want physical media to continue to be manufactured should be looking at the whole picture
I think the main reason many people ignore BD & buy DVD is they don't know that all their DVDs can be played with a BD player. They think they need to trash their DVDS & replace their collections. I alway tell people to buy a BD player & even w/o an HDTV, they can watch all their DVDs & the BDs they buy on sale for <$10. Then when they eventually upgrade to HDTV, they will already have a library of movies on BD.
For those who prefer digital streaming, I say this to you. Digital copies/streaming are an intriguing and great way to watch movies, I won't deny that. I have more than 20 movies digitally downloaded from Vudu on my computer. However, this should be treated as a supplement. Some argue that digital streaming is on par with the picture quality of a blu-ray. While this might be true, some movies look pretty bad to their blu-ray counterpart. Star Trek: The Motion Picture on HDX looks horrendous on Vudu because the studio didn't give them the new master copy. Furthermore, the audio quality cannot match with a Blu-ray and also can sometimes be even inferior to dvds. Most of the audio is lost in compression by the retailers and they also can't encode loseless audio. Also, if these sites such as Hulu, Vudu, I-Tunes, Netflix, etc., have a server meltdown, you can't watch these movies. A physical disc can play anytime you want, short of a power outage, in which case both streaming and physical discs won't work. Even another reason is that bonus features aren't included. I know that bonus features are becoming more variable on streaming/buying. Still, some bonus features that are long, extensive, and in depth (such as LOTR, or Star Trek) aren't currently available. However, the best way to utilize streaming is to use it as a supplement. Most movies now come with codes that can access a digital copy of your film in HD. So when you're away and don't want to carry all that cases of dvds/blu-rays, you can watch your downloaded versions of the movie on the plane, or on the train. For some titles that were released before, Vudu, Flixster, and Cinemanow have a disc to digital program where you can convert your movie in store (which I don't suggest because it takes forever) or at home for only 2 dollar to convert a blu ray to HD or a dvd to sd, or 5 dollars to convert your dvd to HD. Both the conversions and the codes makes up my digital collection. This is a pretty good deal considering what studios could have charged you. Granted, not all movies are available, but it's a start. Basically what I'm trying to say is buy the physical disc and have a digital copy if it's available. A physical disc offers superior viewing experience but you can always use your digital copy on the go or if you lose the disc. The opposite also can be said if you prefer digital copies. Buy the physical copy so that if the servers doesn't work or if you lose the file, you still have a physical copy available. I'm going to stick with my good old Blu-rays and hopefully buy Ultra Hd-4k media when Blu ray discs are superseded .
A lot of you guys seem to think that every single person out there has a huge home theater with all the bells and whistles and that EVERYBODY should go Blu-Ray.
I know a LOT of people that still buy DVDs because they truly can't afford to upgrade to Blu-Ray. The cost of buying a huge TV, along with a decent surround sound system, plus the Blu-Ray player and an internet connection is more than most people can afford. Hell, I still know people that buy VHS tapes when they can find them.
I'm sure a lot of you think that just about anybody can walk into a Walmart and buy a crappy big-screen TV along with a cheap Blu-Ray player and a crappy surround sound receiver with speakers, but a lot of people have to decide if they want all of that or to put food on their table, or pay their rent, etc.
Let's not take OUR good fortunes for granted. Blu-Ray has saturated the market, judging by the "Bargain Bins" at Walmart, the amount of used disks flooding the secondary market (used media stores, pawn shops, etc.) along with the ability for anybody to be able to find used Blu-Rays at yard sales for a couple of bucks. I don't recall DVDs doing that so fast back when they came out, something to think about. You can also check the foums here and find many people selling used disks for $3 a piece...and not being able to sell them even at that price.
On a side note, I find it hilarious that a lot of the people here claiming that digital codes are just "extras" sell them for a couple of bucks a piece. IF they're just "extras" why not give them away LOL?
You can commence voting my comment down, seems to be the norm here anyway when somebody states something other than what is popular, regardless of facts.
@bluerayfreak: I just voted you up. Anyone frequenting this forum is essentially a "believer". The site gives a very false idea of how far BD has penetrated. While there are certainly exceptions I'd bet that the majority here are either young singles with a good deal of disposable income, a/v freaks (no offence) or young marrieds with middle class incomes. They don't seem to realize that most people can't afford to buy BDs in batches of 5-10 at a time every week. They simply have to use their money to buy the necessities. The wide screen TV, the BD player and especially the HT sound system will have to wait for better days.
I support blu-ray and physical media enthusiastically. I'm glad blu-ray sales are up, but I won't fall for the positive spin. Overall, the chart shows that DVD still accounts for 60% of the physical media share and sure it will eventually change and blu-ray will account for the majority of sales during its lifespan. But don't dismiss the fact that physical media sales are dropping significantly each year. The studios will likely answer this with more limited releases and higher price tags, especially on catalog titles. I enjoy picking up the under $10 bargains as much as anyone, but more of my purchases are starting to go to folks like Shout Factory, Olive Films, Twilight Time, Warner Archive (blu) and others. I expect that more and more the home market for physical media will start to resemble the premium price I paid for laserdisc in its glory days. To have a physical hi-def copy in my collection may cost a premium a few years down the road. For now, I'll continue to enjoy and amass a collection of films I can enjoy and watch with family and friends for many years. As a film buff and collector, I am thankful for both DVD and the Blu-Ray disc. They have added much enjoyment to my life.
In the heydays of the DVD, in the early 2000s, a lot of people were replacing their abysmal VHS with DVDs. Both legal and illegal movies downloads were only a dream. Youtube wasn't invented yet. Video games were only on consoles and PCs and limited to hardcore gamers.
DVD had it easy.
Now, Blu-ray has to fight torrent downloads, Netflix, smart phones and tablets, casuals games everywhere, smart TVs, youtube, social networks. Group videogames such as Guitar hero, Dance dance revolution and Wii sporting games have replaced the good old movie night with family and friends.
Sadly, Blu-ray is just another entertainment mean and has fierce competiton. The curent landscape cannot be compared with 10 years ago.
As the format is likely at the peak of video quality and maybe the last physical media we'll get, I find it important to support it. The industry should work on it instead or diverting ressources onto 4k and 3D.
Imho I buy most new films now on Blu ray, as we have 3 ps 3 in the house hold.I was one who bought the combo sets as, we have 2 car dvd players, so a lot of newer releases the lads could,nt play in the car. so i,m a bit sad that its being faded out. my lad at uni streams his ultra copies, i really don't like watching anything this way(call me old fashioned) like taking disc out & putting on a player, lik etc.e the extras. took me many years too have a large 50 inch screen. like some have already said, many of the older tv shows are not on blu ray yet. i have a large dvd collection & boy does some of those earlier dvds now look like "vhs" after blu ray. :-)
I think this is great and all, but I think it's kinda sad there is all of this "celebration" when we are seven years into the format and DVD still outsells Blu-ray 2:1.
While Blu-ray has it's share of cheap releases, DVD is dirt cheap now pretty much across the board except for brand-new releases - which means that the units DVD is still selling is still enormous compared to Blu. I'd love to see the unit sales, and even the "per film" sales (since the 4-movies in one DVD package now is so common).
I'd love it if Blu-ray totally took over, and I think it would be great if it does - but I think these numbers are largely made up of the further bottoming-out of DVD prices and that, at retail, new releases (which are obviously the most popular thing bought) have kept above the $20 price point for the most part on Blu. I'm sure some of it is people upgrading, but not 15%. The real number that would be of significance in showing this shift would be unit sales - showing when someone buys a film, how many are choosing a Blu-ray and how many are chosing a DVD.
One positive thing overall - that sales of all media were only down 5%. Retail in general had a terrible season, starting with the fact that the holiday shopping rush was a week shorter this year due to how late Thanksgiving ran, and the fact the economy/disposable income for the average person hasn't really improved on the micro level (people just spent less this year on "luxury" items) - I think that only losing 5% shows that this "streaming is the future" stuff isn't all it's cracked up to be.
It's very affordable right now, there's many deals, Blu at 5-10$. A new film like Now You See Me or Olympus Has Fallen is less than 10 bucks... and the quality is A+ Some old movies are cheap, some others are way too expansive but it's like everything, it will go down somewhere ! Right now, even some blus (and more than ever) cost less than DVDs, i know it's weird to read, it is even weird to wrote this but look at the deals at amazon, bestbuy and more... blu are cheaper than ever !!!!