Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blu-ray Beats HD DVD For Second Month.

PS3 format selling double the units of its rival in the US.

According to US trade magazine Video Business, Blu-ay has outsold HD DVD in North America for the second month running.

The magazine’s figures put Blu-ray at an approximate 250,000 sales for February, with HD DVD lagging behind on 125,000.

Oscar winner The Departed was released simultaneously for both formats on February 13th. DailyTech reports that the film had one of the highest first-week sales totals for either format, selling over 20,000 units on Blu-ray and 13,000 on HD DVD.

In the US, the Blu-ray version of the movie retails for about five dollars less than the HD DVD version. The reason for HD DVD’s higher price point is because of its combo format, which places a standard-definition DVD version on the flip side of the disc – a commonplace feature on HD DVD.

And according to, just under 2 million PS3's have been sold in the territory since launch last November, which means roughly the same number of HD DVD and Blu-ray players are installed in US homes.


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