The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced that high definition (HD) movie DVDs in the Blu-ray format have outsold the rival HD DVD standard in Europe this year, selling more than one million and constituting 73% of all high definition movie discs, Reuters has reported.
The association also announced that 20 million PS3 games based on Blu-ray technology have been shipped to Europe. Additionally, the total number of Blu-ray gaming discs produced for sale in Europe exceeded 21 million units.
Earlier this month, the association announced that Blu-ray owned 97% of the high definition recorder market in Japan while HD DVD recorders had only 3% market share. According to Home Media Research, Blu-ray disc DVD titles had outsold rival HD-DVD titles by almost two-to-one in the first nine months of 2007 in the US.
The high definition DVD market comprises of two technologies Blu-ray, developed by Toshiba and Sony’s HD DVD. To support both the technologies, Samsung plans to release a dual-format HD player, BD-UP5000 by end of 2007. Samsung will become the second company to launch a dual-format player after LG Electronics, which launched the player in January 2007.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates