Blu-ray keeps its edge over HD DVD
Last month, we learned
that sales of Blu-ray movies had significantly outpaced sales of HD DVD movies in early January. That trend shows no sign of changing. InformationWeek quotes VideoScan numbers that say sales of Blu-ray movies accounted for more than 60%
of the high-definition movie market between January 1st and February 18—the latest date for which figures are available. Blu-ray's market share has oscillated between 63.3% and 69.6% over that time period, and in the week ending February 18, the format's slice of the market sat at a cool 65%.
InformationWeek says HD DVD had the upper hand between November 19 and December 17, but that Sony's format started pulling ahead in the week before Christmas—presumably thanks to the company's PlayStation 3 console, which has built-in Blu-ray support. Sony also has the support of MGM, 20th Century Fox, and Walt Disney Pictures, which all offer high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format.