HD DVD Software Sales Still Going Strong

Posted by Mehar Gill on September 30, 2008 
Filed Under: Format War, HD DVD, Retailers, Studios, Xbox 360

Despite losing the format war months ago, HD DVD sales are still going strong

according to Engadget HD!

“We expected to see a huge increase in Blu-ray sales [with] HD DVD dying but it just hasn’t happened”, Jeff Wisot, vice-president of marketing with, told the FT. “HD DVD sales are still very strong.”

Here are some figures from Ryan Kugler, president of Distribution Video & Audio

  • His company has sold 1 million HD DVD’s since retailers returned existing stock to studios.
  • He predicts his company will sell 2-3 million units this Christmas season

It all makes sense now. Will this some how bring back HD DVD? We doubt it! If your looking to get in on this craze you should hurry, we have a feeling once stock runs out studios won’t reprint them any time soon.

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11 Responses to “HD DVD Software Sales Still Going Strong”

  1. NextGenScared on October 1st, 2008 3:24 am

    I own the 360 add-on hd dvd player “21 hd dvd movies” and just bought the lg bh200 combo player “10 blu-ray movies”, I currently have approx. 15 titles that I’m looking for on hd dvd that aren’t even mentioned for release on blu-ray!
    If the same title exists for both formats ” now that the format war is over”, I’m buying hd dvd instead. Why? It’s simple, I’m saving money!

  2. Dave Cowl on October 1st, 2008 9:49 am

    I guess the idea of having cheap hardware and software was a winner after all! :D They just needed to halve the price a couple of times…

    I am seriously considering getting some of the movies when they get below $5 each…

  3. DavidB on October 1st, 2008 1:27 pm

    Well, duh. buys up old inventory and resells it at fire sale pricing. Can you blame people who have a HD-DVD player snapping up whatever movies they can?

  4. Mehar Gill on October 1st, 2008 1:29 pm

    Originally Posted By DavidBWell, duh. buys up old inventory and resells it at fire sale pricing. Can you blame people who have a HD-DVD player snapping up whatever movies they can?

    The original article also mentions Amazon as well so it’s not just isolated to Their are also a countless number of small time retailers that are probably making good money with their left over stock as well.

  5. Ryan on October 1st, 2008 4:06 pm


  6. Belard on October 2nd, 2008 1:10 pm

    Er… yeah, the titles are selling for about $7. Even at Frys. They have them in discount bins… so yeah, of course their still selling. There will be no re-prints of titles. once they’re gone – they’re gone… or ebay.

  7. webdev511 on October 2nd, 2008 1:35 pm

    Yeah sales are strong. You can get a new player and the complete matrix trilogy for less than the amazon price of the blu-ray version of the matrix trilogy.

    The new 4.0 firmware also happens to improve upconversion quality, so what’s not to like? (other than no replacements and no new titles.)

  8. Dave Cowl on October 2nd, 2008 6:32 pm

    Yeah, I was going to add that Fry’s seems to be the B&M king of HD DVD. They have tons of them… sitting there for $12 or less.

    They will be there until they are all sold – at whatever price it takes…

    I am not sure why some forum readers see this as ‘new life’ for the format… it is just getting more for the discs that paying to have them dumped in a land fill…

    I am waiting until they get a bit cheaper before I get any :D

  9. Mehar Gill on October 2nd, 2008 6:40 pm

    You guys in the states have it good, Ive been looking all over and aside from some small time stores (who sell their HD DVD’s at ridiculous prices) I haven’t been able to find anything.

  10. Merrick97 on October 3rd, 2008 12:15 pm

    Let me know when those HD-DVDs start reappearing in the Nielsens.

    Then we will talk.

  11. Pete on October 3rd, 2008 12:35 pm

    This is desperate stuff. I mean this is like that dog you had as a child that your parents “sent off to a lovely big farm”. Thing is you’re older and should know better.

    Sales aren’t going strong, the desperate clearance of redundant stock is going strong. Once that stock is gone, Old Yeller is dead.

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