I’m always one to root for the underdog, but sometimes it’s better to just admit being outmatched and focus on other things. Such is the case with HD-DVD, Toshiba's high definition video disc format using Microsoft software. The format has failed to out sell its arch nemesis Blu-ray Disc, in terms of players and titles.
New statistics publicized today at CES followed the announcement of a second profile update for Blu-ray, profile 2.0. As with profile 1.1 this 2.0 update gives you more interactivity and special feature access; most things HD-DVD has had since its beginnings. Despite this constant retooling, Blu-ray remains on top in total sales.
According to Home Media Research, an independent market research firm, Blu-ray titles outsold their competition 2 to 1 in the states this year; player sales stand at 3 to 1 in Blu-rays favor. This particular statistic makes HD-DVD sound like a salvageable format in the states; its pretty bad but not a total shutout. Unfortunately for HD-DVD lovers, the rest of the world’s major electronics markets have a much more decisive numbers. The European market has the ratio of Blu-ray titles to HD-DVD at 3 to 1 and players at 10 to 1. The real blow comes from the land where these things tend to be decided, Japan. Consumers have voted with their wallets overwhelmingly for Blu-ray. Home Media Research puts the ratio at 14 to 1 for titles sales, and 100 to 1 for player sales. Is that a death rattle I hear?
Update: Toshiba PR stateswoman fires back at CES press conference
..Via CES Press Releases..