Blu-ray Disc (BD) has become the first high definition format to sell more than one million discs, and the format accounted for 70% of high-definition movies sold during the first quarter of this year, according to sales figures from Home Media Research (HMR).
Blu-ray’s sales lead has increased each month since the first of the year and nearly three out of every four high-definition movies sold in March were on Blu-ray Disc, according to the HMR sales figures.
Blu-ray Disc titles accounted for eight of the top ten selling high definition titles in the first quarter of this year and since the introduction of both high definition formats, seven of the top ten selling high definition movies are on Blu-ray Disc, according to the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA).
According to U-Tech, Taiwan’s largest maker of pre-recorded discs, the top eight Hollywood studios and some independent movie producers currently have only a few OEM makers, such as Austria-based Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) and Japan-based Memory-Tech, producing their blue-laser movie discs and are not expected to release OEM orders to new makers for the time being.
Sony DADC has three production lines with a monthly capacity of 750,000 pre-recorded Blu-ray discs while Memory-Tech has invested in Shanghai United Optical Disc for the production of HD DVD discs, industry sources in Taiwan pointed out.
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