10.5 mln BluRay players in the US in Q1 2009

10.5 mln BluRay players in the US in Q1 2009

Summary: About 9 mln high-definition units sold in the US in Q1 2009, up from the 4.8 mln that sold during Q1 2008, according to Adams Media Research. There are now 10.5 mln Blu-ray households, encompassing owners of both Blu-ray set-tops and Blu-ray-enabled PlayStation 3s.

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About 9 mln high-definition units sold in the US in Q1 2009, up from the 4.8 mln that sold during Q1 2008, according to Adams Media Research. There are now 10.5 mln Blu-ray households, encompassing owners of both Blu-ray set-tops and Blu-ray-enabled PlayStation 3s.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • It's the price, stupid...

    Right now Blu-ray discs are 50% to 300% more than their DVD equivalents for both purchases and rentals. And in many cases, they don't even have as many extra features.

    I appreciate the additional video quality that Blu-ray provides, but for those of us who aren't videophiles but just people watching a movie, I don't know that it's worth the premium they're charging right now.

    Until there is a bin full of Blu-ray discs for less than $10, I don't see them overtaking DVDs in sales.
    the.ksmm
    • Not that much image quality in many

      Many BluRay movies don't have that much of video quality advantage over a plain DVD on an upconverer. Where some of them (only new releases) shine is on SOUND quality.

      But when it comes to image quality, upconverted DVDs are more than good enough for most people ... without having to pay the premium price.

      BTW: I own an HD-DVD player (got one cheap as an upconverter), a Blu-Ray player and an upconverter. The HD/BR player definitely look sharp ... but Planet Earth looks extremely nice on all 3 .... but to be honest, it looks the best on HD-DVD format (again got it cheap).
      wackoae
    • Much the same price...

      FYI - Here in Australia, blu-ray discs are the
      same price or even cheaper than DVDs.
      GTRoberts100
      • Interesting, even for new releases?

        When I was in Sydney two years ago, DVDs there were selling at about a 30% premium to disk prices in the US. And there were limited numbers of "bargain" disks, like the thousands of titles that are sold in the US between $5-$12 price points.

        Have the prices declined overall, or is it just that BR disks are selling for the same as they are in the US, and DVDs remain higher than their US counterparts?
        terry flores
  • not even 1 disc in three months?

    that means that not even every br-household bought one br
    disc in one quarter? and how many dvds have been sold in
    the same time frame? some perspective here would be nice
    to see that br is doa.
    bannedfromzdnetagain