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HD DVD celebrates first birthday with 100,000 sales

HD DVD/Blu-ray

HD DVD turns a year old today (the official release date for the initial line-up of titles was April 18th 2006, although a few retailers started selling them early on the 15th, hence last Sunday’s buyathon). With the format having made major gains in the charts recently, now seems like the perfect time to convey more good news: HD DVD has now passed a major milestone, having sold (not shipped, sold) 100,000 stand-alone players since launch. Note that this figure does not include the number of Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on drives sold.

In addition, Planet Earth on HD DVD became the first title on either format to reach a sales rank of 4 in the DVD sales charts (covering DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray and the, ahem, special interest formats like UMD), ousting the previous king, Casino Royale on Blu-ray, with a high of 7, from its throne. Now that the disc drought of early 2007 seems to be at an end, HD DVD seems to slowly but surely be clawing its way back to its previous position. Clearly, the gap between the two HD formats is going to be a lot narrower than it was in the glory days of mid to late 2006, and I expect that both formats will overtake each other at various points throughout the coming months, but I must say that those who poo-pooed HD DVD and predicted its demise spoke rather too hastily. One thing’s for sure, 2007 is going to continue to be very interesting.

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10:02 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | TV



Very surprising to me about Planet Earth. I've seen it on cable and its generally not something I would purchase to view again and again.

Posted by: aw, April 19, 2007 1:55 AM


I guess it makes good demo material, which might explain some of the popularity. Still, I doubt that everyone is buying it simply because it looks good in HD.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 19, 2007 6:34 AM


I found PLANET EARTH to be a staggering achievement in the field of Natural History Documentary. I got the boxset on Standard Definition DVD last Xmas and would give the majority of episodes in the series 10/10. From narration to structure & editing and right through to direction, this series brings breathtaking vistas and emotionally charged research on animal behaviour to life in front of your eyes.

Many of these hour long or so shows feature never before seen footage of animal behaviour capured using cutting-edge technology, surely ideal for the HD Format. The helicopter mounted high definition camera (hijacked from the British Army and used for a TV programme for the first time) used for many of the programmes stand out footage, was capable of incredible zoom distances - as to not disturb the animals being filmed - and full 360 rotation.

Second perhaps only to the BBC's own BLUE PLANET documentary series, it comes as no surprise to me that PLANET EARTH is a title performing well on the High Definition format. If I could afford, nay understand HD and all its apparatus, this would be one of my first purchases.

Happy birthday HD. I'll familiarise myself with you one day... probably about the time the next big advance in Home Entertainment comes around. :)

Posted by: Count Fosco, April 19, 2007 10:42 AM


hmmm...I might have to pick it up then. I only saw about 3 episodes on Discovery SD

Posted by: aw, April 19, 2007 6:43 PM

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