According to Home Media Magazine, consumers spent over $60M on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14% of the home media market. The 167% spike is due in large part to the Blu-ray release of 'The Dark Knight', which is breaking Blu-ray sales records around the world. Comparatively, the previous week, where 'Wanted' was the hot new release, consumers spent $23.64M on Blu-ray.
On the year in whole, consumers have spent nearly $500M on Blu-ray titles, and the average spent per week has been growing as adoption continues to rise.
I was just thinking in 10+ years of DVDs we topper out at about 1500, and had gotten to about 100 after almost 3 years (we still had LD but only about 50 of those) that averages out to 150 per year. We started getting BDs in January 08 so almost 12 months ago, and have just gotten the 230th BD (with about 3 weeks to go to round out a year.) And there are at least 10 more I will buy if my wife has not gotten them for me for Christmas. So just judging on me (and there are many people on this site who have way more than me) BD is here to stay.
DVD it was great while it lasted, but I have found another. I am sure we will see each other from time to time, and we can still be “friends”
I have only bought one DVD in the last year and that was Transformers last year, but now I have it on Blu, and have been waiting very patiently for Christmas, then I can see what I got, and go buy the Blu's I did not get!
I have a sad truth to admit.....I'm a Blu addict. It just began one afternoon. I was bored with my regular, depressing standard discs. I was a wreck....I went running to the streets to find an alternative. That's when I found a pusher (who will be referred to as "Best Buy" in this story to conceal his true identity) who said, "Pssst....I got something that will make you feel good....make you feel better about your mundane movies watching." I admit I was intrigued. I told him, "Alright...whaddya got?" He handed me a small blue package with some guy in an iron costume and said, "This will really take the edge off." At this point I was desperate so I paid the man his money and ran back home to I could keep myself contained after my first "hit". I took the blue package and put it's contents onto the tray. Before I knew it, I had inserted it and there was no going back. The sounds and visuals we're astounding! I felt as if I was in a strange new world. My senses were stimulated to their fullest. After it was over...I knew I needed more. It was an instant addiction. Paycheck after paycheck...my family begins to worry about me. I don't bathe regularly and I've gained about 20 pounds in the past 3 months. My libido has completely disappeared as I no longer have a social life. (Except whenever I talk to "Best Buy" looking for my latest fix.) I feel it's now time to seek help...I know I'm not alone.....
In this age of built-in obscelecence and digital downloads, there's something unique about buying a something on Blu-ray and knowing - most of the time - that it's the highest quality version of the film. The near-master quality picture is there, the 24p frame-rate is there, the features are usually all there, and the master-quality audio is usually there.
Even if the the same film was released on some 4K format tomorrow, very rarely would it stand to look any better than it does on Blu (with the exception of IMAX and 70mm).
Good news and BD is catching on faster than DVD, even with consumer spending down; Lowest in 5-10 years depending. This was going to be a bigger quarter for Blu but it is still doing well; with price cuts, customer awareness and the fact that entertainment is resilient during bad economic times.
Since I bought my player in June, I've bought about 300 titles, about 50 of which were in this quarter. And I really can't afford it; but once I saw and heard it in my house; I went 'coo-coo fpr coco-puffs'. Customer awareness is the key and it is catching on. Show your friends. I know people that are still getting their first DVD player!
To get the full attention of non technologically advanced people they need more titles, a lot of my friends ask me if i can get them "this & that titles" and i sadly say no...
and so they answer:"well... thats a shame... if they only had my favorit title i would definitely go and buy one myself"
I'm not surprised at all. Soon all the PC's and even Mac computers will come with Blu-ray drives as well by default. Everyone now wants to have high definition movies for their new wide-screen TV sets.