On the heels of Video Ezy announcing they would only support Blu-ray, GfK (in association with Sony) has released a report stating that Blu-ray owned 95.2% of the high definition market in Australia for October. Blu-ray hardware (including the PS3) sold 26-to-1 compared to its rival HD DVD. Additionally, software sales were 18,000 units sold for Blu-ray compared to only 2,000 for HD DVD.
Carl Rose, Managing Director of Sony Australia commented, "This report quite clearly depicts the current state of play in the High Definition format market in Australian homes. Across the key areas of high definition entertainment, from hardware to content, these figures show that Blu-ray is distinctly the format of choice for consumers. Coming into Christmas we can only predict that adoption will continue to increase thanks to the backing of the format by the greatest number of electronics hardware manufacturers and movie and game development studios"
This is very encouraging news. I'm looking forward to the day when Blu-Ray is the only HDM on the market. With more territories reporting these type of numbers it is only a matter of time before HD-DVD will be forced out. Let's hope that happens soon
95% is still better than 5% ..and the same thing has been said about VHS, Cassette, CD, DVD, HDTV at various points in their life-cycle.
In Canada the day and date releases are $5 different for the most part - for a much higher quality product that doesn't scratch like DVD or HD DVD.
Agree with you on the catalogue title pricing..but again it's a much higher quality product for the most part and it will take time for that message to get thru.
I think as more TV broadcasts make it into HD and HDTV's make it into homes you will also see a more serious drop-off in DVD...once people get used to HD who wants to watch SD for anything. You just always feel like something is wrong .. people will even switch to watching T.V shows they like less if it's in HD...I expect that will also occur with DVD vs Blu-ray.
Lot's of people do like using the PS3 .. different strokes.
I keep hoping that all of these numbers will lead to a Toshiba stockholder revolt. If I had Tosh stock, I would not be very happy at this point not just at the numbers but at the idiotic way this is being handled as seen with this insipid pathetic attempt at a rebuttal.