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Blu-ray barely beats out Transformers HD DVD sales for the week

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Oct 2007 23:39 User comments (13)

Blu-ray barely beats out Transformers HD DVD sales for the week Home Media Magazine is reporting that for the week ending October 21st, Blu-ray squeaked out a victory in sales, a fact that would dispute Paramount's sales numbers for "Transformers."
The report says Blu-ray won the week by the thinnest of margins, 51% to 49%, but many expected HD DVD to dominate the week thanks to the large sales numbers reported by Paramount. The studio reported 190,000 units sold for the week but HMM says the number is closer to 120,000.

Paramount has stayed mum on the subject but regardless, HD DVD had its best showing against Blu-ray in over 9 months, despite the fact that Disney began offering a "buy one get one free" offer at select retailers including Best Buy.

Source:
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13 user comments

127.10.2007 16:59
hughjars
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It's worth noting that Walmart and Amazon's sales aren't included in this.....and so how many sales are missed from those who buy on-line from Amazon
(only the 2nd largest retailer in the world.....with Walmart number 1)?!
Who doesn't buy on-line?
The deals are far better.

The fact is that despite all those PS3s HD DVD came within a whisker of beating the Blu-ray numbers (and this despite umteen supposedly 'blockbuster' Blu-ray movies this year and a buy one get one free offer).

The truth is HD DVD is recovering from a low point in the year (about the 25:75 level) to 60:40 and - as we can see here - better.

Some 'dead', 'dying' or 'beaten' format?!

Nobodies' numbers are that impressive just yet but as HD DVD goes sub-$200 and begins to lift-off in the 'mass-market' that is very likely to change markedly.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Oct 2007 @ 17:00

227.10.2007 19:23

UH, rite. hd dvd fired their 150 million $ shot and missed. It's over.

327.10.2007 19:48
hughjars
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LMAO

There's that 'fact/proof free' $150 million claim again (course not an ounce of awareness at the irony that the Blu-ray fans honestly prefer to believe their format could be dropped for so little).

The correct view is that with one single movie HD DVD came within a whisker of out-selling Blu-ray and that Blu-ray had to resort to buy-one-get-one-free offers to try and stay ahead (thus imposing even more costs on themselves when costs are already known to be far higher than HD DVDs).

As HD DVD stand-alones continue to sell very well the gap has closed.

....and with the high def market (both formats) @ less than 3 or 4% of the total retail movie disc market claims that anything is "over" are just laughable.

428.10.2007 0:43
BIGnewb
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uhh no guess who it is.hd-dvd fanboy HUGHJARS or huge arse :D

528.10.2007 3:30

Everyone it seems expected Transformers to help HD-DVD scrape one win over Blu-ray. The fact that Blu-ray discs have continually outsold HD-DVD media in the US at a approximate ratio of 2:1, in Europe at 4:1 and in Japan at 9:1 means that even if Tranformers had won that particular week, it wouldn't have really meant anything. Saying that, the fact that it didn't is notable. With some heavy hitters coming from Blu-ray such as Spiderman, POTC & The Simpsons movie, I personally don't think HD-DVD has any chance of winning any weeks in the forseeable future. Of course, both sales figures are still dwarfed by DVD, so the sooner one format wins out, the better.

Lee

628.10.2007 8:11
hughjars
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Originally posted by BIGnewb:
uhh no guess who it is.hd-dvd fanboy HUGHJARS or huge arse :D
- Oh dear, look at this, a real slow witted lumpen headed troll, so desperate to make his/her ludicrous personal little digs that they're too blind to see the joke was already made before it dawned on him/her.

Pathetic.

Originally posted by Zazou:
Everyone it seems expected Transformers to help HD-DVD scrape one win over Blu-ray. The fact that Blu-ray discs have continually outsold HD-DVD media in the US at a approximate ratio of 2:1, in Europe at 4:1 and in Japan at 9:1 means that even if Tranformers had won that particular week, it wouldn't have really meant anything.
- The truth is that with high def sales under 3 - 4% of total movie disc sales neither side's numbers mean too much right now.

Originally posted by Zazou:
Saying that, the fact that it didn't is notable.
- No, quite the reverse.

With between 10 - 20 time less the number of players (and that's counting all PS3s as Blu-ray playback devices for those who get their panties in a wad about the stand-alone numbers excluding them) HD DVD drew pretty much level with just one film.

Originally posted by Zazou:
With some heavy hitters coming from Blu-ray such as Spiderman, POTC & The Simpsons movie, I personally don't think HD-DVD has any chance of winning any weeks in the forseeable future.
- We've been hearing this all year.

All year there were supposedly "heavy hitters" that were supposed to knock HD DVD out of this and yet here at the end of the year we see the gap around 60:40 and in some weeks HD DVD level (or even ahead depending on which numbers you believe).

DVD Empire have had HD DVD ahead for more than a few weeks this year.

Originally posted by Zazou:
Of course, both sales figures are still dwarfed by DVD, so the sooner one format wins out, the better. Lee
- I think you'll find next year interesting.

With affordable HD DVD stand-alones aimed squarely at the mainstream mass-market you'll be seeing things change.

Watch out for a big announcement at CES in Jan.

If Warner go HD DVD exclusive then you'll know it's finally over.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Oct 2007 @ 8:12

728.10.2007 8:18
shiroh
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so the show stink. thats why.

828.10.2007 10:24

I see how it is hug, if you dont win, then it realy does not mater cause the % is so low, or atach rate. What ever. We are not trolls. Unless this is a HD DVD site only. Just cause you git paid to patrol this site does not mean that it is yours.

928.10.2007 10:51
hughjars
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Originally posted by glasssd:
I see how it is hug, if you dont win, then it realy does not mater cause the % is so low
- Actually I don't believe it makes such a big deal (either way) with the total % of high def sales being so low (and I have never said otherwise).

That's why Blu-ray's 'lead' is unimportant right now and how come whether HD DVD takes a minor 'lead' in some weeks is irrelevant too
(tho clearly it bothers you that that is the truth of the matter, shame).

Until either format breaks into the mainstrean mass-market and is selling millions of movies across a range of titles the 'lead', whatever it might be, simply doesn't have the enormous importance the Blu-ray crowd continually wish to attach to it.

.....but it still is funny to see HD DVD able to draw level (or even pull ahead - depending on the stat) just the same.

Despite Blu-ray having 10 - 20 times the number of players compared to HD DVD (and again this is counting all PS3s as a Blu-ray player) their lead is deeply unimpressive, that's the underlying fact.

Originally posted by glasssd:
or atach rate. What ever.
- The attach rate might not matter to you but it sure as hell does to the industry.

IIRC it's approx 4 discs per HD DVD player and less than 1 per Blu-ray player when averaged out.

Like I said, it's just a matter of time as HD DVD standalones continue to sell very very well.

Originally posted by glasssd:
We are not trolls.
- Naaaa, you just slam anything HD DVD any way you can and claim "it's over" as often as you can - no matter how absurd that is in view of the facts.....

....and some of 'you' (seeing as you want to talk as if you're part of a collective - how weird is that?) periodically take laughably pathetic and infantile personal digs at those who dare challenge the Blu-ray 'message'.

Originally posted by glasssd:
Unless this is a HD DVD site only.
- Dont be so ridiculous.

What it is tho is a site where you'll get another POV put, where the Blu-ray propaganda gets taken apart every time it rears it's condescending head.

Originally posted by glasssd:
Just cause you git paid to patrol this site
- No. You're utterly wrong, yet again.

Originally posted by glasssd:
does not mean that it is yours.
- Grow up.

It's a public open message board, has someone tried to stop you posting in any way?

1028.10.2007 13:36

glasssd and bignewb,
You can by all means support Blu-ray and not agree with what hughjars says, but this is my first and only warning...keep up the immature (and stupid) personal shots at other members and you can have a "vacation" from aD.

With that said, lets get back on topic please.

1129.10.2007 16:27
BIGnewb
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transformers did almost beat blu-ray with one movie.perfectly true but blu-ray doesn't have a brand new exclusive movie like transformers and it still beat it.that's the irony.and yes it doesnt matter now because this war will take long but then why do they post these things in the news section.they do it so we can argue about it and post some comments.

1229.10.2007 16:30

Originally posted by BIGnewb:
transformers did almost beat blu-ray with one movie.perfectly true but blu-ray doesn't have a brand new exclusive movie like transformers and it still beat it.that's the irony.and yes it doesnt matter now because this war will take long but then why do they post these things in the news section.they do it so we can argue about it and post some comments.
You clearly did not read what I (the writer of this article in case you missed it) just said. You can argue, thats the point, but personal shots need to stop. Hopefully you understand this simple statement, i wont be making it again.

131.11.2007 3:06

Quote:
The report says Blu-ray won the week by the thinnest of margins, 51% to 49%, but many expected HD DVD to dominate the week thanks to the large sales numbers reported by Paramount. The studio reported 190,000 units sold for the week but HMM says the number is closer to 120,000
Not by much... they cant think that they have delt a blow to HD DVD its still to early.

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