I’m sorry Jack but you’re simply throwing red herrings all over the place. What does the fact that there are X number of PS3’s sold have to do with the fact that Blu-Ray disc sales are increasing?
What does the fact that, according to you, Sony is pointing to PS3s sold as a reason why Blu-Ray is progressing, with the fact that Blu-Ray generated $200 million in disc sales?
The article is not saying that Blu-Ray is, as of now, an enourmous success, which it is not. The article (and my scriblings) are just trying to say that Blu-Ray is simply progressing and, probably, at an expected rate, given the constraints and the time it is on the market.
And tell me what am I twisting? The truth? The facts? Where? Unfounded and unsupported accusations are not very nice, do you know?
You also say, replying to other poster, that there were lots of Blu-Ray discs given away last year. What does it have to do with the matter of this article??? The article is refering to sales from January to June 2008 and comparing them with sales for the same period last year? What are you trying to say? Doesn’t seem to make sense really. If they were giving discs last year and if the sales this year have increased 300% it doesn’t seem to make your point but the opposite, no?
And, finally, why the fixation on standalone Blu-Ray players? We hear and read everywhere that, most of the time, people are choosing the PS3 when electing to get a Blu-Ray player. Standalone Blu-Ray player sales don’t matter simply because you say so. Toshiba, too, was doing the same, saying that HDDVD was doing wonderfully because their standalone player sales were higher than Blu-Ray’s. See what good did it did to them…
The important thing is disc sales. That is what will make or break the format. Not standalone player sales.
Find the article where it says that HD-DVD + Blu-Ray represented 7% of disc sales. And which period and market they represent and we will discuss it. Otherwise it’s just a lot of hot air.
Small figure in total movie sells? For starters, it’s not clear if the article is talking about worldwide sales. It’s more like it’s refering to the US market. Apart from that, I repeat, look at the whole picture, available titles, time Blu-Ray is on the market, etc, and draw your conclusions as I’m doing. Saying that $200 million is not much it just that, a phrase which doesn’t mean much of anything.
And no problem in admitting, as I do, that Blu-Ray has barely penetrated the market, in comparison with DVD. But that doesn’t mean anything. DVD is everywhere and as been for a long time. Everybody has DVD players, I have several, for example. There are a lot more discs on the market. Why the comparison? What’s the point at this point in time?
And no, the article in not only talking about movie disc sales. The article and the title of this newsitem is actually mostly saying that Blu-Ray disc sales are increasing, that the studios see the percentage of Blu-Ray disc sales, vis-a-vis DVD, increasing, that there’s more shelf space available at retail apparently, etc. It’s you, the anti-Blu-Ray mob, which like to pick and choose those red herrings so keep saying that your hated technology/company is going to fail. But, unfortunately for you, it’s doesn’t actually seem that that is going to happen. At least, the prospects are not that it will happen.
As always, only time will tell.