Rounding Up HD News: Blu-ray Player Sales Triple; Blu-ray Pricing Stabilizing

Dec 11, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Blu-ray Player Sales Triple During Black Friday Week
Sales of stand-alone Blu-ray players tripled during the week of Black Friday from the previous week, Video Business reports. Machines dropped below $200 during that week to spur post-Thanksgiving sales. Nearly one in four disc players sold during Black Friday week were Blu-ray players, the publication reports. Standard-definition DVD players also tripled in sales week-to-week.
Pricing Trends Stabilizing in Blu-ray
Studios are starting to set pricing trends for their Blu-ray offerings, without much influence by the features on the disc, Video Business reports. A majority of the major studios are offering Blu-ray discs for around $25, with Disney at the low end of the spectrum, selling at $24.50, while Paramount and Sony are offering films at $25.95. Video retailers said an across-the-board pricing plan, as with DVDs, would make budgeting much easier.
Netflix Reaches Blu-ray Subscriber Goal
Video rental giant Netflix has exceeded its goal of 500,000 Blu-ray subscribers, Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy told investors Dec. 9, Home Media Magazine reports. Netflix changed its pricing structure on Blu-ray discs earlier this year, charging Blu-ray users an additional $1 per month. Netflix’s recent performance is doing well, despite a tumultuous economic quarter, the blog reports.
Havoc TV Moving to HD on Comcast VOD
Havoc TV, which features two video-on-demand channels of extreme sports and independent music, is launching HD services for Comcast video-on-demand subscribers. Havoc Music and Havoc Sports get the HD treatment beginning this month, offering indie bands and skateboarding, surfing and BMX biking in high definition. Havoc TV is expecting to roll out HD content on other cable providers in the near future.
Hi-Def Drives Sports Ratings Increase
A spike in high-definition television sets is helping lift sports ratings year-to-year, USA Today reports. A recent Nielsen study shows that 22% of all U.S. households watch television in high definition. Homes with HDTV sets have 20% higher ratings for sports broadcasts than the entire United States, the newspaper reports.

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