According to Redhill Group, who compiled data for Home Media Magazine, over 11 million Blu-ray discs have been sold since the format launched in 2006. Sales have quadrupled since this time last year, and early sales data for May suggests that more titles have been sold in the first five months of this year than all of last year combined.
The top three selling Blu-ray titles so far this year, 'I Am Legend', '3:10 to Yuma', and 'No Country for Old Men' sold between 8-10% on the Blu-ray format, while sales of catalog titles continue to rise when compared to their DVD counterparts - up to 28% in some instances.
Sales are expected to increase as we enter the second half of the year, when blockbuster films like 'Transformers' and 'Sleeping Beauty' hit the market, and more people are expected to adopt the high definition format.
Yep, I'd imagine sales will really pick up even more towards the Holidays. There's no new gadget or game system slated to release, so hopefully on the home entertainment front people will start looking at sub-$300 blu-ray players and PlayStation 3.
Very Exciting news! I know I've been trying to turn all my friends and family on to Blu-ray. I think that while most of us videophiles won't purchase the Funai $300 blu-ray player, it's a great chance for a lot of consumers to step into the Blu-ray market. That should really help boost sales.
Outstanding ! I second what guilty party says ! Members of this site have and will be a force to be dealt with ! This will be the year where much ground will be gained and the blu footprint will expand !
Not a huge number but it will grow fast.
PS3 games are on blu-ray ~26 million games disks have been sold- this is probably what makes blu-ray a good investment for the companies that make the disks.
Without the volume of blu-ray game disk sales blu-ray would be priced out of the consumer market. !
It was not just larger capacity and data rate that blu-ray beat HD-DVD, the PS3 helped blu-ray more than any other factor. The PS3 is getting blu-ray into consumers living rooms faster than anything else.
In my opinion, sales will REALLY pick up for Father's Day, then die back down a little during the summer, then when Christmas Rolls around...sales will explode, fuled by lower player prices, and the high-profile summer blockbusters and catalog releases on Blu, in addition to the government HDTV's rollover mandate in January-March. I think Blu-Ray will have 25% market share (or more) by this time next summer, and by Christmas of 2009 DVD and Blu-Ray will be selling 50-50 split.
I believe that both products will sell side by side for the near future.
Blu-Ray will be for the home theater and film,
and DVD will become more of a portable/dispensible product in the long run.
I applaud Disney and Sony for Delivering Quality film releases and promotions, and by providing us with quality product. Hopefully as sales increase, title output will also increase.
Good news, but this: "The top three selling Blu-ray titles so far this year, 'I Am Legend', '3:10 to Yuma', and 'No Country for Old Men" I don't understand, those were some of the crappiest movies I saw all year!??
Has any 1 heard that toshiba is re entering the format war again with a enhanced version of dvd, the resulting picture claims to be as good as blu ray, this is only a rumour though so dont take it as fact but go to pc pro and you can read it there.