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Press Release: Blu-ray Sales Rising Globally
tvpredictions.com ^ | August 14, 2007 | Phillip Swann

Posted on 08/14/2007 3:51:18 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 -- Sony Pictures HomeEntertainment (SPHE) today announced anincrease in total Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) salesacross six emerging markets including Hong Kong,Singapore, Taiwan, Eastern Europe, South Africaand the Middle East -- illuminating the positivereception from retailers and consumers for thenew high-definition format since its launch justfour months ago in April 2007.

Since April, Blu-ray Disc sales have accountedfor 10% of SPHE's business in the regions.The company saw a 21% increase in BDorders across the month of June alone."It is extremely positive to see an increase involume of BD software sales in these marketswhere piracy has previously ravaged the DVDbusiness," said T. Paul Miller, Senior VicePresident, International, Sony PicturesHome Entertainment.

SPHE is the only studio to have licensedhigh-definition Blu-ray Disc content for localdistribution in many of these markets and newpartners are coming on line every month.Among top-selling BD titles from SPHE in theseregions are Casino Royale, Ghost Rider, OpenSeason, Kung Fu Hustle, Black Hawk Down,XXX and Stealth. South Africa accountsfor the largest share of Blu-ray Disc sales,with more than 15,000 units shipped to date.


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1 posted on 08/14/2007 3:51:19 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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2 posted on 08/14/2007 3:52:09 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Yeah, but who is winning the war. I need to know before shelling out cash for a blue ray or HDDVD player.


3 posted on 08/14/2007 3:57:00 PM PDT by NavVet (O)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Love my Sony Blu-Ray player and HD-TV...there, really, really, really, is a difference!


4 posted on 08/14/2007 3:57:49 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

The PS3 gambit worked, as I’m guessing most people expected it to.

For $499, it’s an excellent machine for everything but gaming. Go figure.


5 posted on 08/14/2007 3:58:34 PM PDT by zendari
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To: NavVet

Hybrid players are eventually going to be the norm, in my opinion. LG’s hybrid is already on the market and Samsung has released the details of their hybrid player which should be available by Christmas.


6 posted on 08/14/2007 4:06:27 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: zendari
For $499, it’s an excellent machine for everything but gaming. Go figure.

Actually, it's a pretty good machine for gaming. It upscales those PS2 games really nicely. Or, were you talking about actual PS3 games?

7 posted on 08/14/2007 4:07:58 PM PDT by ConfusedAndLovingIt
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To: LanPB01

Well so far machines that play Blu-Ray and HDDVD are very expensive. It seems Sony never learns...


9 posted on 08/14/2007 4:20:32 PM PDT by DB
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To: NavVet
Sony will not allow any porn to be released on Blu-Ray which could end up being the deciding factor in who wins.
10 posted on 08/14/2007 4:24:21 PM PDT by WackySam
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To: zendari

I think the gaming is excellent too. I use it more for games than my xBox 360. Rented GhostRider from Netflix in blu ray. Watching it tonight. I dumped Blockbuster for Netflix because of blu ray availability.


11 posted on 08/14/2007 4:26:55 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: ConfusedAndLovingIt
Actually, it's a pretty good machine for gaming. It upscales those PS2 games really nicely. Or, were you talking about actual PS3 games?

Yeah, actual PS3 games. I never owned a PS2, so I've bought some of the classics and been having a blast.

But I've played through about 20 demos for the PS3, and most of them are garbage or Xbox remakes.

12 posted on 08/14/2007 4:38:28 PM PDT by zendari
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To: LanPB01
Hybrid players are eventually going to be the norm, in my opinion.

I priced a hybrid at Best Buy recently.It was around $1000.I won't even consider a player that's anywhere near that price.I'm more than satisfied with the PQ of my current setup....a progressive scan DVD player and a Sony 34XBR960.Unless and until the prices of the players and the discs get real close to the current price of standard players and discs you can count me out.

13 posted on 08/14/2007 4:38:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: WackySam

Why would you want HD porn? You really interested in seeing those breast implant scars?


14 posted on 08/14/2007 4:39:08 PM PDT by zendari
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To: Las Vegas Dave
For anyone interested in "betting" on which format will win -- Popular Science is running a "predictions exchange" online. You can sign up for free and get 250,000 PPX bux to play with.

The betting is heavily in favour of Blu-ray -- with a current futures price of 79.00 (i.e. odds are running about 4:1 in favour of Blu-ray).

If you're interested, you can sign up here: http://ppx.popsci.com/index.php

And here's the chart for Blu-ray:


15 posted on 08/14/2007 4:48:25 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Blue Ray... BD titles from SPHE

Ummm. Does this have to do with some new scientific miracle cure for some disease?

16 posted on 08/14/2007 4:48:36 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Disregard last post. I figured it out... Game toys.


17 posted on 08/14/2007 4:50:53 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: WackySam
"Sony will not allow any porn to be released on Blu-Ray which could end up being the deciding factor in who wins."

 
Too late, in Japan it is a done deal:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135222/article.html



18 posted on 08/14/2007 4:57:38 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Cobra64; Las Vegas Dave

Ummm. Does this have to do with some new scientific miracle cure for some disease? ...

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No, but if you download Folding@home from the Sony store you CAN help cure disease on the PS3.

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19 posted on 08/14/2007 5:07:39 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

If I recall correctly, the first up-converting DVD players were between $700 and $800. The Toshiba HD DVD player has dropped almost 50% in the last few months. I’m hopeful the hybrid players will start dropping at the same rate soon.


20 posted on 08/14/2007 5:14:03 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: texas booster

Isn’t the number 36120?


21 posted on 08/14/2007 5:14:57 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: LanPB01
I’m hopeful the hybrid players will start dropping at the same rate soon.

OK,that's fine.However,there's another reason why I'm unlikely to ever adopt either of the hi-def formats...IMO there's almost nothing that's been released by Hollywierd in the last 20+ years that's worth anything.So almost all the films that I like are old enough to look almost as good in standard def as in hi-def.

However there are two things that could change my mind.1)Things like what they show on National Geographic HD,Animal Planet HD and Discovery HD starts showing up on hi-def discs and 2)the music industry engages in a serious effort to remaster 60's music(long live the 60s!)to hi-def standards.

22 posted on 08/14/2007 5:23:43 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Well, when you start at 1, jumping to 2 is a HUGH increase...

Frankly, I’m nowhere near ready to invest in either tech, but from the sidelines I’m pulling for HD-DVD simply because Sony is the alternative.


23 posted on 08/14/2007 5:36:32 PM PDT by Hurricane Andrew (History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.)
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To: zendari
For $499, it’s an excellent machine for everything but gaming. Go figure.

Silly wagging tongue.

24 posted on 08/14/2007 6:46:53 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: in hoc signo vinces
Love my Sony Blu-Ray player and HD-TV...there, really, really, really, is a difference!

Better leave the thread! Someone is sure to come along and point out that what you have is junk, and how you should have waited a month for XYZ-HD - which will blow everything out of the water!

25 posted on 08/14/2007 6:56:23 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: BreezyDog
Rented GhostRider from Netflix in blu ray.

Ack - sorry to hear that. My advice to you for enabling enjoyment of that movie is to drink heavily first. I have only two positive things to say about Ghostrider: 1) Eva 2) Mendez
26 posted on 08/14/2007 7:05:49 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: fr_freak

I’m experiencing it right now. My 8 year old likes it. Ms. Mendez has good and bad scenes. I’ll watch anything in blue ray. The PS3’s firmware update that included 24 fps is awesome. The picture is stunning on my XBR3.


27 posted on 08/14/2007 8:18:49 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: Hurricane Andrew

You must have Sony Derangement Syndrom. I love their products.


28 posted on 08/14/2007 8:25:28 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Should we wait for one of these babies?

http://www.digitaltvdesignline.com/products/185300831

29 posted on 08/14/2007 9:39:06 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: WackySam
Sony will not allow any porn to be released on Blu-Ray

Just saw this at the link from my prior post:

Top 5 Most Read News Stories

1. Sony denies preventing porn on Blu-Ray

30 posted on 08/14/2007 9:45:44 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Gay State Conservative

Actually, from what I’ve seen thus far, the older films are the ones that really benefit from being released in high def (if the movie studios really take the time to transfer the film properly). I read a review of the new high def remastering of Goldfinger that was recently previewed in the UK, and the reviewer said the film looked as if it was shot yesterday.


31 posted on 08/15/2007 3:25:14 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: BreezyDog

IMHO, I’ve found most their products to be overpriced, with far cheaper nearly equivalent alternatives. They have made some historic blunders over the years, from their handling of the PS3 all the way back to the Betamax fiasco.

The final straw for me was their inclusion of a rootkit in the name of DRM that they kindly included on some CD’s a couple of years ago. Their response to it when it became public knowledge was even worse, and showed an unbelieveable amount of arrogance and total disdain for the consumer. I simply cannot forgive that transgression.


32 posted on 08/15/2007 5:44:02 AM PDT by Hurricane Andrew (History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.)
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To: Hurricane Andrew

Sony’s arrogance with the PS3 was unbelievable as well. When asked about the high price of the system, their response basically boiled down to, “People should work extra hours to pay for it.”


33 posted on 08/15/2007 5:49:53 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: LanPB01

Adjusted for inflation, it was (and is) cheaper than the Atari and Nintendo systems of the late 70s/early 80s.


34 posted on 08/15/2007 10:29:54 AM PDT by zendari
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To: zendari

Yeah, but Atari and Nintendo (at least until Sega showed up) basically had monopolies on the gaming market at their respective times. When you’ve got competitors making similar (Microsoft) and more innovative (Nintendo) machines that cost hundreds of dollars less, telling people they should work more for their particular machine doesn’t come off very well.


35 posted on 08/15/2007 11:55:56 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: LanPB01

BUMP!


36 posted on 08/15/2007 12:18:20 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: LanPB01

Well, comparing the PS3 to the Premium 360, $150 buys you wireless networking, bluray playback, superior DVD playback (the PS3 is one of the best upscalers on the market), and 40 GB extra hard disk space. It’s not a terrible deal.

Consoles in the 80s were something that a parent bought as a toy for their kids. Nowadays, consoles are purchased by teenagers/adults with jobs. $500 for a system that endures 5 years is not expensive at all.


37 posted on 08/15/2007 1:26:34 PM PDT by zendari
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To: Las Vegas Dave
I too will wait for further price reductions. Especially in the DVDs. $25-$40 is crazy... Whichever prevails, 1080p is the only way to go...

Mike

38 posted on 08/15/2007 1:33:20 PM PDT by MichaelP (Buy, Buy, Buy...PLEASE!)
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To: zendari

I’d agree the VALUE of the PS3 would compare favorably with the 360 if you compare individual features, but how many people really want all that? I bought my PS3 primarily for games, and that’s the one area they seem to have forgotten.


39 posted on 08/15/2007 3:22:03 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: LanPB01

Basically, yeah. I’ve always said that the price point was not the factor that has led to the PS3 problems, rather, its the lackluster software. Which brings me back to post #5.

That said, it still was the better piece of hardware, before Microsoft put up a 3 year warranty, cut the price, and added HDMI to the premium system.


40 posted on 08/15/2007 3:33:02 PM PDT by zendari
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To: MichaelP

Which is why I netflix my Blu-ray discs at no extra charge.


41 posted on 08/15/2007 3:33:26 PM PDT by zendari
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