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Blu-ray beating HD DVD by 2 to 1

Huge US demand for PS3-backed Blu-ray

Blu-ray is winning over consumers in the US as the next-generation DVD format of choice, according to Home Media Research.

The research firm said sales of Blu-ray discs exceeded sales of the rival HD-DVD format in the first half of 2007 by a margin of 2 to 1.

Sales the Sony-backed Blu-ray discs totalled 1.6m units from January 1 to July 1 while Microsoft-backed HD DVD sold 795,000 discs for the same period.

A combined total of 3.7m discs have been sold since both formats first launched in the spring of 2006. Blu-ray has sold a lifetime 2.2m discs in the US and HD DVD has sold 1.5m discs through to the end of July, according to Home Media.

In June, both Blockbuster and Target closed exclusive deals to only carry Blu-ray movies in the US.

The news bodes particularly well for Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), which has seen a slow start since first launching in November of 2006 due to its high cost and limited number of games.


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