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Europeans love Blu-ray over HD-DVD

Written by Dave Horvath @ 27 Nov 2007 12:50 User comments (58)

Europeans love Blu-ray over HD-DVD In the constant struggle to become the new dominant format in the ongoing battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD, it appears that the Blu-ray camp just might have scored another point on their side. According to studies in Europe, Blu-ray has broken the 1 million sales mark this year and now accounts for 73 percent of all high definition movie discs sold.
The Blu-ray Disc Association announced Tuesday that they had officially sold their 1 millionth unit in Europe and when that total is combined with total game Blu-ray discs produced for sale in Europe, the total exceeds 21 million units.

According to data provided by Media Control Gfk International, the total percentage of Blu-ray discs sold in Europe amounts to 73 percent, while HD-DVD sales come in at a scant 27 percent overall. To the same token, Home Media Research said that in October Blu-ray titles had outsold rival HD-DVD titles by almost two-to-one in the first nine months of the year in the United States.

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58 user comments

127.11.2007 12:53

oh-oh

:) First post

227.11.2007 13:15
goodswipe
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oh no, here comes the blue-gay fan boys...

here lately i visit video stores that "have decided not to stock hd-dvd". this isn't a battle that is being won by consumer choice, rather by deals that were negotiated before the formats were released, and manipulation of supply chains. the only true way to measure the popularity of either format is to measure the sales by format of those movies that have been released in both blu-ray and hd-dvd.

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327.11.2007 13:15

if you're gonna brag about being the first post, at least comment on the article as well..
and yeah next week another study will show that HD DVD is in fact the winner in EU..again..where do these BS studies come from?!?i wonder who funds which as well..

427.11.2007 13:23

Then it's offical...HD DVD win's the battle
Europeans can have Blu-ray USA Keeps the better
of the two "HD-DVD"

527.11.2007 13:26

Quote:
yeah next week another study will show that HD DVD is in fact the winner in EU..again..where do these BS studies come from?!?i
This is my thought as well, seems about every 4-7 days we get an article that says one side is completely dominating the other and it just goes back and forth week after week.

627.11.2007 13:57
tavek
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WOW , next week Nintendo will tell us STANDARD DVD is outselling
all high def dvd's by 1000 to 1, like I care.

If PS3 hase millions of players sold, why isnt BD blowing HD dvd out the water? Oh yeah, box sets are pretty much ONLY on HD DVD, poor BD,
next thing we will know is when the AARP tells us whos winning the format war, THERES NO CREDIBLE evidence except after xmas sales , telling me today means squat, come news years then ill be impresed to know whos winning, and im riding HD dvd all the way.

These nick nack compaonies, international, interdimensional, interstellar, inter d's nts, I never heard from them before now they come out dictating this and that, run for president if you want to set terms.

727.11.2007 13:59
BIGnewb
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http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console.

827.11.2007 14:06
goodswipe
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Originally posted by BIGnewb:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console.

so wait a minute..let me get this straight..only "hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn" well i guess that makes you one of them considering the fact that you are a "Senior Member". How many posts did you have to put down to get that title anyways?

927.11.2007 14:08

HA i live in Germany and it is hard to find hd-dvd but blue-ray is all over the place so that might be why

1027.11.2007 14:11

This survey misses the point:

Blu-Ray is region locked. Europeans have to buy their Blu ray disks in Europe. HD DVD isn't. So everyone in Europe buys their HD DVDs from the US where they are about 2/3rds the price and come out 3 months earlier.

I own only one HD DVD from Europe. All the rest of mine come from the US.

1127.11.2007 14:11
goodswipe
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Originally posted by axemurder:
HA i live in Germany and it is hard to find hd-dvd but blue-ray is all over the place so that might be why

exactly my point from my first post...

1227.11.2007 14:26
tavek
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Originally posted by BIGnewb:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console [/b].
SO whats it like being a SENIOR D!CK rider? hope the ride is smooth, and wheres YOUR valid proof of blue ray having a SUPERIOR console?
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1327.11.2007 14:30

This should not be a shocker to anyone HD-DVD has just reached the 750,000 HD-DVD devices sold.But this time after they tried to twist numbers backed with lies to consumer now HD-DVD is counting 360 HD Add-ons.

Quote:
The 750,000 number comes only weeks after reports that the HD DVD camp would soon nearing the 500,000 mark for total standalone sales. (That earlier number did not include sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 HD DVD player.)
http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/I...op_750,000/1208


What a bunch of hypocrites like always they are playing games with number but can't accept the fact that there product isn't out selling Blu-Ray nor do they have the Backers or Studio support.Blu-Ray is at almost 6.4 million devices now on the market 6 million PS3 Four hundred thousand standalone sold.Not counting the the Blu-Ray ROM drives that are sold where HD-DVD does even have a Burner on the market yet after a year & a half.You can find a lot of BD drives for PC & laptops that are very afordable cheaper than most BD stand alone s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129015

Pioneer Black:239.99

Philips and Lite-on announce a $199 Blu-ray drive

http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/13/phili...-blu-ray-drive/
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1427.11.2007 14:30

Originally posted by axemurder:
HA i live in Germany and it is hard to find hd-dvd but blue-ray is all over the place so that might be why
Present-day Sony is the equivalent of Germany in 1938.

This, from SlySoft on Blu-Ray:

"Note to Twentieth Century Fox: As you can see, BD+ didn't offer you any advanced security, it just annoyed some of your customers with older players. So could you please cut this crap and start publishing your titles on HD-DVD? There are thousands of people willing to give you money."
"Note to people considering to invest in HD media: Please buy HD DVD instead of Blu-ray. HD DVD is much more consumer friendly (e.g., no region coding, AACS not mandatory). Don't give your money to people, who throw your fair-use rights out of the window."

1527.11.2007 14:38

Quote:
Originally posted by axemurder:
HA i live in Germany and it is hard to find hd-dvd but blue-ray is all over the place so that might be why
Present-day Sony is the equivalent of Germany in 1938.

This, from SlySoft on Blu-Ray:

"Note to Twentieth Century Fox: As you can see, BD+ didn't offer you any advanced security, it just annoyed some of your customers with older players. So could you please cut this crap and start publishing your titles on HD-DVD? There are thousands of people willing to give you money."
"Note to people considering to invest in HD media: Please buy HD DVD instead of Blu-ray. HD DVD is much more consumer friendly (e.g., no region coding, AACS not mandatory). Don't give your money to people, who throw your fair-use rights out of the window."
Okay coming from a guy that break copy protection on DVD's & HD formats don't carry any weight.But what he fail to say is that with BD+ they can change the keys so his way of breaking its was good but what happen when they change they keys ? Plus if i was in the line of work like he is i would support HD-DVD also because of the less amount of work you got to do.
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1627.11.2007 14:50
goodswipe
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"what happens if they change the keys?" they crack it again...lol

1727.11.2007 14:59

Originally posted by goodswipe:
"what happens if they change the keys?" they crack it again...lol
Thats the million dollar question not even Slysoft knows what effect there going to be.
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1827.11.2007 15:03
hughjars
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As usual the Blu-ray gang rush to claim victory before this has even got started.

We'll talk about sales when HD DVD has a couple of million players out there (but I do know the latest HD A3/30/35 versions (called HD EP) in Europe are selling very very well since they launched).

Right now it's thought to be around 750,000 HD DVD capable players verses what 10 million Blu-ray capable players (PS3s)?

.....and they can only manage a 60:40 lead?

LMAO.

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1927.11.2007 15:31
BIGnewb
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Quote:
Originally posted by BIGnewb:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console [/b].
SO whats it like being a SENIOR D!CK rider? hope the ride is smooth, and wheres YOUR valid proof of blue ray having a SUPERIOR console?
cuz i stop posting after xbots and fanboys started flaming.things havent changed.

2027.11.2007 15:46
camaro17
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Quote:
Originally posted by axemurder:
HA i live in Germany and it is hard to find hd-dvd but blue-ray is all over the place so that might be why
Present-day Sony is the equivalent of Germany in 1938.

This, from SlySoft on Blu-Ray:

"Note to Twentieth Century Fox: As you can see, BD+ didn't offer you any advanced security, it just annoyed some of your customers with older players. So could you please cut this crap and start publishing your titles on HD-DVD? There are thousands of people willing to give you money."
"Note to people considering to invest in HD media: Please buy HD DVD instead of Blu-ray. HD DVD is much more consumer friendly (e.g., no region coding, AACS not mandatory). Don't give your money to people, who throw your fair-use rights out of the window."

wait a minute, if slysoft doesnt like it then why are they trying t crack it? if people know that they can easily read or write a bd then they will obviously choose blu-ray instead of hd-dvd because how easy it will be to crack it.

2127.11.2007 15:46
goodswipe
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Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by BIGnewb:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console [/b].
SO whats it like being a SENIOR D!CK rider? hope the ride is smooth, and wheres YOUR valid proof of blue ray having a SUPERIOR console?
cuz i stop posting after xbots and fanboys started flaming.things havent changed.
dude, calling someone an "xbot" is fanboyish at its extreme...lmao. im going to stop now.

2227.11.2007 15:47
vinny13
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Originally posted by hughjars:
As usual the Blu-ray gang rush to claim victory before this has even got started.

We'll talk about sales when HD DVD has a couple of million players out there (but I do know the latest HD A3/30/35 versions (called HD EP) in Europe are selling very very well since they launched).

Right now it's thought to be around 750,000 HD DVD capable players verses what 10 million Blu-ray capable players (PS3s)?

.....and they can only manage a 60:40 lead?

LMAO.
Hmm... Maybe they use the PS3 for... Uhh... Games??? :/

T'was a stupid remark ;)

And then you'll say, "No most PS3s are bought

-as Blu-Ray

-Players

-!"

That isn't fully true because that was only like the first million PS3s because they were cheaper and better as a media player, but now they are both the same price(unless there are still 20GB sets rollin' around?).

Not that I'm a format fanboy or anything( :/ )but I think it's stupid how people look at the PS3 as a DVD player...
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2327.11.2007 15:59
goodswipe
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but thats the sad situation with sony today, they spend all this time campaigning "blue-ray this... blue-ray that" and not enough on games that everyone looks at it as a stand alone player replacement opposed to a gaming machine.

2427.11.2007 16:01
hughjars
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No.

You see personally I'm all in favour of counting every PS3 as a Blu-ray player (I am not so bothered about the 'stand-alone' tag).

If you do that it makes their movie disc lead look as lame as it actually is.

2527.11.2007 16:29

I got a quick question lol. Why is it always a conspiracy about what format does what lol. Why cant these people in Europe love blu-ray? Never mind i will adjourn myself no further questions.

2627.11.2007 16:36
vinny13
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Originally posted by hughjars:
No.

You see personally I'm all in favour of counting every PS3 as a Blu-ray player (I am not so bothered about the 'stand-alone' tag).

If you do that it makes their movie disc lead look as lame as it actually is.
Well obviously... Doing so makes HD-DVD look good :P

2727.11.2007 16:46
hughjars
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Originally posted by vinny13:
Doing so makes HD-DVD look good
- No, it's not that.

Either way it looks bad on Blu-ray.

- Count PS3s as Blu-ray players and it shows up their attachment rate for the poor performance it is.

- Don't count PS3s as players and it exposes Blu-ray for the laughably dependent-on-a-kids-game-console format it is.

Take your pick, but whatever way you look at it the Blu-ray situation does not look good.
They hitched the format to the Playstation brand, that was always going to sell several million.
The present (poor) Blu-ray lead was wholly expected - how could it not have been?

Even so I'd be prepared to bet that HD DVD's backers have been rather surprised & in fact expected things to be a lot harder than they have turned out to be, such has been the PS3s poor performance shifting retail movie discs.
The truth is that the Playstation 3 just don't sell enough movie discs.

HD DVD is selling very well, the numbers will take care of themselves, this coming year.
You can be sure of this much, they will 'flip', permanently, in this coming year at some point.

In the mean time all we're really looking for now is Warner going HD DVD exclusive (as it is the lower cost greater profitability format) in a couple of months, when they do that's it, it's all over.
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2827.11.2007 16:52

Bignewb lets compare your two posts :-)

Firstly

Quote:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488
bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console.
Firstly thats some fine grammar there :)
Secondly contrary to the belief of most blu-ray fanboys blu ray is indeed NOT A CONSOLE.

Secondly
Quote:
cuz i stop posting after xbots and fanboys started flaming.things havent changed.
Whoose the fan boy again?

Go play on your "blu-ray" haha you n00bish fanboy!

2927.11.2007 17:08
vinny13
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Quote:

Firstly thats some fine grammar there :)

Lmao

3027.11.2007 17:47

Originally posted by hughjars:
No.

You see personally I'm all in favour of counting every PS3 as a Blu-ray player (I am not so bothered about the 'stand-alone' tag).

If you do that it makes their movie disc lead look as lame as it actually is.
Thats a shockers right there..But Hughjars BDA don't care about movie attachment rate that nothing more than numbers play by HD-DVD its about getting Blu-Ray capable devices in homes so people can have there as a option.You got to have Hardware before software & so far BDA has done that.They have sold more Hardware & Software than HD-DVD thats what mean the most.The reason HD-DVD is so far behind they waited to late to make a major move.Back in January thru july Blu-Ray was going strong HD-DVD did nothing to count any momentum that Blu-Ray had.Reason being why they are behind.
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3127.11.2007 18:00

You missed out his key other point if you look underneath he/she says :

Quote:

- Count PS3s as Blu-ray players and it shows up their attachment rate for the poor performance it is.

- Don't count PS3s as players and it exposes Blu-ray for the laughably dependent-on-a-kids-game-console format it is.

Summs it up perfectly

At least with HD-DVD people have bought the thing with the purpose to play HD-DVD. There is a huge percentage of people that buy a ps3 and dont play one bluray movie on it. Whereas 0% would buy anything HD-DVD and not buy a movie for it. Therefore you cannot trust theese figures. The only figures, i think, that will show which format is winning is how many Hd-Dvd Discs are sold to Blurays Discs at christmas. This will be a huge indicator of which format is winning the industry there in and that is the movie industry. NOT THE GAME INDUSTRY. The movie industry.

3227.11.2007 18:22

Quote:
You missed out his key other point if you look underneath he/she says :

Quote:

- Count PS3s as Blu-ray players and it shows up their attachment rate for the poor performance it is.

- Don't count PS3s as players and it exposes Blu-ray for the laughably dependent-on-a-kids-game-console format it is.

Summs it up perfectly

At least with HD-DVD people have bought the thing with the purpose to play HD-DVD. There is a huge percentage of people that buy a ps3 and dont play one bluray movie on it. Whereas 0% would buy anything HD-DVD and not buy a movie for it. Therefore you cannot trust theese figures. The only figures, i think, that will show which format is winning is how many Hd-Dvd Discs are sold to Blurays Discs at christmas. This will be a huge indicator of which format is winning the industry there in and that is the movie industry. NOT THE GAME INDUSTRY. The movie industry.
Read my post again please...What i stated was facts that Blu-Ray is out selling HD-DVD.The market right now is 60-40.He don't argue against that point because he knows that.Movies are not going to be the only factor that play into the format race how little people over look PC & laptops.Just talking movies isn't look at the big picture.

3327.11.2007 18:27
saltynuts
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Originally posted by BIGnewb:
http://forums.gametrailers.com/showthread.php?t=239488

bluray is raping hddvd everywhere.only hd-dvd and microsoft d*ck riders talk on afterdawn.go get a life you xbots.bluray is clearly a better console.




Do you have a girlfriend because if you do we all now she is not a d*ckrider.

3427.11.2007 18:40
tavek
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OK so BLUE RAY is outselling HD you say, ok then is that ACTUAL MOVIES SOLD or are those the 2 free w/console purchase in store and +5 free by mail are they speaking of =7 total movies ?

I doubt its actually cash sold, rememebr alot of places are giving like 2 for 1 or get x amount of movies free when u buy this or rebate that. I say they are adding just the rebated free movies.
So they need to stop squewing those million sold #'s, and get thier $H!T straight. Saying you sold ALOT means more then 1 but tells me nothing in mass & actuall quantities.

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3527.11.2007 18:45
hughjars
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Originally posted by nextgen76:
Movies are not going to be the only factor that play into the format race
- With high def (of both formats combined) @ less than 4% of total retail movie disc sales it means your typical big claims about a percentage or ratio lead for Blu-ray right now mean nothing.

It's way too early to be making the kind of claims the Blu-ray side have indulged in (all year).

Originally posted by nextgen76:
how little people over look PC & laptops.Just talking movies isn't look at the big picture.
- There's a great reason for that.

They've sold so few & they're so expensive hardly anyone is buying them.
PC burners right now have zero impact on this.

(but if you want to imply that HD DVD backed by all except 1 of the major PC/Laptop/Notepad manufacturers (Asus, Acer, Toshiba & HP......only Dell has yet to come on board) may add some weight then I agree.
But you just wanted to twist the truth & pretend everyone had gone Blu-ray's way, again, didn't you nextgen?)
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3627.11.2007 19:01
vinny13
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Originally posted by saltynuts:

Do you have a girlfriend because if you do we all now she is not a d*ckrider.
LMAO

3727.11.2007 19:15

this blu ray bitches vs high def whores ranting is becoming REALLY O-L-D

3827.11.2007 19:20

Originally posted by hughjars:

They hitched the format to the Playstation brand, that was always going to sell several million.

So now Sony is wrong for doing their jobs and selling a product with strategy?

Not that I'm jumping on any Blu-ray bandwagon but you make it like Sony is the scurge of the Earth and everything they do is wrong. They are just selling a product here. Every time you post you make yourself out to be someone who can never accept that their choice may not be the same as others, so you attempt to justify why your choice is better with stats and numbers and predictions.

3927.11.2007 22:21

Quote:
Originally posted by hughjars:

They hitched the format to the Playstation brand, that was always going to sell several million.

So now Sony is wrong for doing their jobs and selling a product with strategy?

Not that I'm jumping on any Blu-ray bandwagon but you make it like Sony is the scurge of the Earth and everything they do is wrong. They are just selling a product here. Every time you post you make yourself out to be someone who can never accept that their choice may not be the same as others, so you attempt to justify why your choice is better with stats and numbers and predictions.
I agree.


To tavek,

Both camps have giving away movies with the purchase of the dvd player on many of occasions. I think thats the main problem people focus only on one side of the story which leads to all these pointless arguments. Most of yall arguing like yall created these formats or are in the marketing dept for these companies lol. No matter what these sites with all the figures they come up with post nobody will know who the winner is until its announced publically and not just on your favorite sites.

4027.11.2007 22:37

we have a winner..
the euro's are picking blu ray.. that means HD will win

4128.11.2007 7:29
hughjars
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Originally posted by sciascia:
So now Sony is wrong for doing their jobs and selling a product with strategy?
- Er, nothing. (and just where did I ever say different?)

The issue is the conclusions drawn from that and the constant slamming HD DVD by the Blu-ray crowd on the back of numbers that are not at all 'straight'.

They're doing a really cr@ppy job.

You can instantly tell from the way they have little or nothing positive (that is accurate & true) about their own format & rely on slamming the other so often.

In those circumstances it's only fair to point out the lies & spin.

Originally posted by sciascia:
you make it like Sony is the scurge of the Earth and everything they do is wrong.
- Er no.

I like to give the other side to the Blu-ray fairy-tales and point out the truth of what is going on compared to their obvious propaganda.
I'm the scourge of their idiotic, condescending & patronising lies.
That's all.

Although a company that thinks nothing of secretly & illegally inserting software into your computer is IMO at the very least one to watch very closely and expose any & all their lies.

You might not care about being treated like that and believe that they are trustworthy but I do care and I don't like being treated that way.

Originally posted by sciascia:
They are just selling a product here.
- Sadly that is not 'just' all they do.

It's crazy the way people just accept this BS......imagine if Ford never advertised their products in the normal way and went in for this pathetic lying spin and confined almost everything they had to say to outright lies and distortion focused almost entirely on what was wrong (in their eyes) with their main competitor.

The simply truth is that no-one would not put up with that and I don't see why anyone should put up with this high def disc 'war' BS.

Originally posted by sciascia:
Every time you post you make yourself out to be someone who can never accept that their choice may not be the same as others, so you attempt to justify why your choice is better with stats and numbers and predictions.
- No.

What I try and do is show the Blu-ray propaganda up for the spin & distortion it is.

Of course people can make their free choices (how the hell could I stop anyone from doing that?).

But I want to see people making informed choices based on the whole truth of the matter, not the usual Blu-ray propaganda, spin & lies.

That's all.....and I don't believe that is hard for any fair-minded person to see.

So what does that make you then, huh?

.....and in a market of several hundred million sales annually what sort of moron declares victory after selling a mere 1 million in over a year?
(or expects 'us' to be such morons as to just swallow that without any critical thought, huh?)

Like I said, lying, condescending & patronising.
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4228.11.2007 8:28

I hope both Blue Ray & HD-DVD formats get thier fingers burnt for not setteling this war of formats ages ago as I think consumers are better off going the hard-drive rout for storing & watching video content. Nowadays you can get a 500 gb external hard-drive which plugs straight into a usb port - if the pc or ;aptop is connected to your tv or large lcd screen then your made - none of this worrying what dvd disc format to buy & then all the extra expense as to what machine to buy to run the discs. No I think the war has lingered on far too much now and all the investment they have put into each of the formats the said companies are going to be left with egg on their faces as the portable hard-drive is the way to go. Even SD cards & usb sticks are getting much more storage on them 4gb and upwards.

4328.11.2007 10:33

I just bought a Toshiba HD-A3 and I'm loving it! I got it for $159 at Amazon along with 10 free movies. True, they picked the movies mostly but hey, 10 free ones so why not, and of course I added my first choice, Planet Earth.

I finally made the decision to go HD-DVD because of price mainly. The picture and sound quality is stunning to say the least but I'm sure Blu-ray is too. The problem is the two standards and what it is causing.

Each camp is coming in with their own titles like Blu-ray with Spiderman. I really don't like that but what can I do? The br folks are losing money to me because of their titles that only play on br.

As far as I am concerned and what I've put together with all the research I have done concerning the two formats is this:
Neither format will "win" and we will forever have two. That means that if we want the "other" sides movies we will have to buy their drive or just not get them on high def. It seems like the companies are making a big mistake in only bringing some movies out in "their" format as it restricts sales only to their brand. Their theory is that will force people to ultimately declare a winner but don't believe it.

There have been far too many sales by both to ever have a winner. If a winner was declared, the losing side's owners would scream that there weren't any movies to buy and they would be right. That would be a huge loss to the studios to say the least. Besides, before any winner could be announced, a new "format" will emerge to replace both and when that happens, let's hope it's just "one" format!

4428.11.2007 11:22
tavek
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I love HD DVD, and what ever I cant buy on HD dvd cause its on BLUE RAY I just grab off news groups any way, so IM a winner all the way and Blue ray looses! HA , everything I learned on this site has allowed me to utilize technology and make my own HD DVDS!

4528.11.2007 11:33

Originally posted by JohnnyG77:
I just bought a Toshiba HD-A3 and I'm loving it! I got it for $159 at Amazon along with 10 free movies. True, they picked the movies mostly but hey, 10 free ones so why not, and of course I added my first choice, Planet Earth.

I finally made the decision to go HD-DVD because of price mainly. The picture and sound quality is stunning to say the least but I'm sure Blu-ray is too. The problem is the two standards and what it is causing.

Each camp is coming in with their own titles like Blu-ray with Spiderman. I really don't like that but what can I do? The br folks are losing money to me because of their titles that only play on br.

As far as I am concerned and what I've put together with all the research I have done concerning the two formats is this:
Neither format will "win" and we will forever have two. That means that if we want the "other" sides movies we will have to buy their drive or just not get them on high def. It seems like the companies are making a big mistake in only bringing some movies out in "their" format as it restricts sales only to their brand. Their theory is that will force people to ultimately declare a winner but don't believe it.

There have been far too many sales by both to ever have a winner. If a winner was declared, the losing side's owners would scream that there weren't any movies to buy and they would be right. That would be a huge loss to the studios to say the least. Besides, before any winner could be announced, a new "format" will emerge to replace both and when that happens, let's hope it's just "one" format!

You make some very good points. I think what Warner was trying to do with the hybrid of both blu-ray and hd-dvd on 1 disc was a excellent idea. If both sides stop being so stubborn and just merge and use each other to their advantages they will both come out on top and capitalize on all funds from the customers that demand Hi-def.

4628.11.2007 12:05

@Hugh:

Then why don't you do the same for the HD camp? It is not like they are innocent in terms of lies and spreading of false information.

@ Tavek: Amen. There is no point in buying into a new format just yet, eh?

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4728.11.2007 12:37
hughjars
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Originally posted by sciascia:
@Hugh:

Then why don't you do the same for the HD camp? It is not like they are innocent in terms of lies and spreading of false information.
- Like what?

Cos besides the squabble over stand-alones which as I said I find a pointless argument and either way Blu-ray doesn't come out if looking good

- Count PS3s as Blu-ray players and it shows up their attachment rate for the poor performance it is.

- Don't count PS3s as players and it exposes Blu-ray for the laughably dependent-on-a-kids-game-console format it is.

Exactly what "false information" are you referring to?

4828.11.2007 12:48

I'm sorry i reported something wrong 2 post ago the format War isn't 60-40 Blu-Ray its now 65-35 Blu-Ray.

Quote:
Tuesday's announcement accompanied news that Blu-ray discs are now outselling HD DVD in Europe by a nearly 3:1 margin. Citing industry sales data provided by Media Control Gfk International, the BDA said that of the high-def discs bought by consumers so far this year in Europe, 73 percent were Blu-ray, while 27 percent were HD DVD.

Here in the US, year-to-date data through November 18 from Home Media Research also puts Blu-ray ahead of HD DVD, with Blu-ray accounting for 65 percent of high-def disc sales, versus 35 percent for HD DVD.

Originally posted by sciascia:
@Hugh:

Then why don't you do the same for the HD camp? It is not like they are innocent in terms of lies and spreading of false information.


He not going to do that because he has tunnel vision to see both camps are doing the same thing.But he claim he is here to bring truth to misleading info were fact he has don't nothing but boast & twist numbers about HD-DVD & made false claims that this war was over so he really need to censor himself.If i need to i will pull past post about how he made false claims.
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4928.11.2007 13:11

He usually admits when he is proven wrong, I'm not trying to attack him like hes a troll or anything.

5028.11.2007 13:58
hughjars
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Nextgen instead of making your pathetic little bitchy side-comments you might try keeping up with the debate.
Still, why change your habits eh?
You can always tell when you have nothing of substance left to come back with, you always start that dreary risible nonsense.

I have to say that it's rather funny seeing the Blu-ray gang trumpeting this (laughable) 'lead'.
I see they are now claiming "nearly" 3:1 in Europe.
Whatever happened to their old claims of 4:1+?

LMAO.

Secondly as I have already said it ought to be patently obvious that it is just ridiculously absurd to be claiming any kind of 'victory' in a retail disc market that sees movie sales of several hundred million when Blu-ray have sold just aa mere 1 million discs in over a year.

Plainly it is far too early for any of that sort of nonsense.....not that it'll stop the Blu-gang with their idiotic claims for one moment.

BTW I have never said 'The war is over' (ie HD DVD or anyone else has now won), actually
(that's precisely the sort of BS the Blu-ray crew have been trying to talk up all year).

I have said that I have reason to believe that HD DVD hardware sales are excellent this Q4/X-mas
(in stark contrast to Sony who have recently been caught out lying about their PS3 sales......in the serious financial press, not some fanboy game console fanzine too btw).

It is public knowledge that the industry is looking closely at what happens this Q4.

I have said that because of these excellent HD DVD sales (and HD DVD's inherent lower costs and higher profitability compared to Blu-ray) that it is my view (and I have been given reason to believe this) that Warner is going to go HD DVD exclusive next year.

I have also said that following the (unique) active vote for 51gb TL HD DVD discs at the DVD Forum
(when normal behaviour, nowadays, is for members of the Blu-ray Disc Association on the DVD Forum to abstain on HD DVD matters),
along with Disney's involvement with Microsoft and high def XBox 360 downloads, that I think it is highly likely that Disney will be going format neutral during 2008.

I also think Lionsgate are going format neutral in 2008 too - they too are linked to Microsoft and their XBox 360 high def downloading.

Unlike some I do not hide the fact that they are my opinions/views.
But they are not merely baseless assertion, there are at least some grounds to consider them plausible possibilities.

5128.11.2007 22:58

I gotta ask ya hughjars are you a HD-DVD rep lol? Because you promote them like thats your companies format. You defend all their wrongs and down play all their short comings as if they arent doing all the same things you proclaim Blu-rays camp is doing.

5229.11.2007 6:54
hughjars
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Well spydah I keep asking for an example of these HD DVD "wrongs" but no-one ever seems to be able to say what they are.

There's a quibble over the standalone numbers.
Big deal.

It's my view the HD DVD side are correct in this, only dedicated HD DVD players are bneing counted by them - how is that not correct?

I already said what I think of the PS3 situation.
Count them all as Blu-ray players or not, I could care less, either way it looks bad on Blu-ray.

- Count PS3s as Blu-ray players and it shows up their attachment rate for the poor performance it is.

- Don't count PS3s as players and it exposes Blu-ray for the laughably dependent-on-a-kids-game-console format it is.

.....and what are these "short-comings" you mention?

Cos whatever way you look at it Blu-ray offers nothing of any consequence that HD DVD does not match or better.

(and no, I don't work for or have any connection to any of the people/companies involved in thsi so-called 'war'.

That one's especially hilarious, simply confronting the usual Blu-ray spin, distortion & BS & saying what is correct and true in this gets you labelled as a company-man. Very Funny.)

5329.11.2007 8:06
vinny13
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How would any lead look bad?

5429.11.2007 12:25
hughjars
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Originally posted by vinny13:
How would any lead look bad?
- When you have 10 - 20 times the number of players out there and yet you can only pull a 60:40 lead.

That's really not very impressive.

5529.11.2007 12:33
vinny13
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Originally posted by hughjars:

- When you have 10 - 20 times the number of players out there and yet you can only pull a 60:40 lead.

That's really not very impressive.
But it's still positive :P

5629.11.2007 21:49
DC5R
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I bought my PS3 as a games console first and foremost to replace my PS2 which replaced my orginal PS. It definitely has a plus to it being it is also a BD player for me, maybe not for everyone but it is a huge plus for ME. Just the other day I was about to buy a 360 and the add-on HDDVD player(packaged with KingKong), but I reneged on myself and put everything back on the shelf, mostly due to cost when added up, how anyone can say the PS3 is overpriced when you have to buy this, buy that and some more to make the 360 the equivalent of the PS3, just makes me shake my head.

I currently have like 67 BD movies (none of which were free promotions given to me) and my collection will continue to expand as long as they keep making movies. Overall it just wasn't worth the coin, my XBOX basically collects dust as a gaming machine, but is used as my DVD player to play my region 1 movies (US model, my PS3 is a Japanese model).

Anyways some people don't buy the PS3 with the intention of ever stepping up to HD movies. Hell most people don't even have a tv to take full advantage of the 1080P playback, yet still own a PS3. I can't see arguing for or against including it in the numbers for BD players sold, because essentially it doesn't matter if there are those people out there that will not use it as a player. Though Hughjars you mention HDDVD and stand-alone players, are these numbers not counting the 360 add-on? Serious question, because to me that is a stand-alone player, especially when it costs more than the bottom-line Toshiba player. Reason I am asking is because nothing is out there like the PS3 for the HDDVD side of the house as an all in one wonder. I still think MS cheated its fanbase or the overall consumer by not installing the drive to begin with and offered up the add-on player instead. I mean if they are so HDDVD gung-ho as they seem to be, why shaft the consumer, because they like Sony are a money-making business and don't actually care about the consumer, but they do care about lining their pockets with said consumer's money. :)

And I'll say again what I said before, people are not wanting to invest in either format for fear of it being the losing format, so what? I want to see HD movies now and not wait for a declared winner if ever there is one in the future. If BD loses which I never see happening really as Sony is a major player in the movie industry and will always support their own format, but if they do, how did I lose as a consumer? It's not like all the movies I purchased and will purchase all of a sudden will disappear because BDs are no longer made. Same could be said for the people that own HDDVD, if it disappears, big deal, you still have your purchase to enjoy for as long as the disc and player lasts. Ohhh wait the bell has begun to rung in my mind, now I see what I was missing on losing, if my player breaks and no longer have one to play all my current titles, I lose in a way. Guess then the dual format players are the ones to acquire for a stand-alone for those not sure which way to leap.

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5730.11.2007 18:18

Hug, seams that numbers dont matter when they dont support you. I bet the hd dvd horn would be worn out from all of the totting if the numbers were the other way around. Thats cool that that matches the #'s in the USA for sales % for this week.

5820.12.2007 6:53

To me this is still too early in regards to the format war and we will see both formats out there for at least a few more years yet they will really have to work on the most cost effective format.

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