Blu-ray Catching Up to HD DVD
For most of the current high definition disc war, HD DVD has held a distinct advantage over Blu-ray because of its generally lower prices. Home theater enthusiasts could get their hands on a Toshiba HD A1 for only a few hundred bucks, while those wandering the aisles of Best Buy for a Blu-ray machine were asked for over a thousand big ones. However, with the release of Blu-ray movies skyrocketing and the cost of the format's players dropping rather quickly, it's making up some serious ground on longtime leader HD DVD.
In the post-holiday weeks of January, Blu-ray actually outsold HD DVD in movie sales by two to one (first week) and then three to one (second week). Anyone who has been keeping close tabs on the releases for each format knows that Blu-ray is simply receiving a bundle of flicks right now. That can't be said for HD DVD, and the future looks no brighter. In fact, just three movies – "The Departed," "Failure to Launch," and "Hollywoodland" – are coming to HD DVD in the next two weeks.
Despite the plethora of Blu-ray movies now available, there are still more HD DVD films on the market. A source revealed that retailers list some 342 HD DVD flicks, with Blu-ray behind at 257.
The spike in Blu-ray presence may have something to do with the PlayStation 3. Although Sony's console is largely considered a miserable failure to this point, with few games to play owners might actually be discovering the value of the high def player right under their noses.
If the PlayStation 3 actually pumps out some quality games and Blu-ray continues its movie release blitz, expect this format war to become a dead heat.