Blu-ray movie discs to outsell DVDs in 2011

By on August 1, 2008, 6:28 PM
Blu-ray may have won the high-def format war, but it still has a tough fight in its hands which is to get customers to actually ditch the standard DVD format. And though adoption has been rather slow for the format – thanks in part to the still relatively high price tag for equipment – Sony claims Blu-ray discs could outsell DVDs in three year’s time.

According to Tim Meade, Asia Pacific vice president for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, global sales of Blu-ray discs are expected to increase from 9 percent in 2007 to 25 percent by the end of this year. The rise in sales will be fueled by the introduction of more discs and lower-priced Blu-ray players and should reach a ratio of roughly 40:60 compared to DVD in 2010.

Blu-ray would supposedly take the lead a year later. Sony is the main proponent of the high-def format, so their big claims are to be expected. If they are accurate, however, Blu-ray would still have to face another growing threat: digital distribution. Of course, digital distribution still can’t match the video and sound quality offerings of a disc-based medium but, hopefully with the proper infrastructure and bandwidth, in a few years it will.

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9Nails said:
It's good to dream, it means their not dead yet. But with on-demand streaming internet delivery, I do wonder if physical media is going away in this same timeframe. I've seen strong arguments for Netflix lately. My co-worker had recently signed on and has a large selection of shows that he can watch over the internet, on demand. With Blu-Ray / HD prices, its coming to a point where it is more affordable to pay for a service with a great movie collection instead of trying to build your own through physical media and players.
kingdingdong said:
I agree with 9nails, I think alot of it will start streaming, but then on the other hand I like to own a hard copy. But very few, I have less then 10 dvds. The rest I would stream if I wanted to watch them.
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