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Blu-ray and DVD sales down

The global market for both Blu-ray and DVD discs dropped by 4.8 per cent to $482m in 2008, with analyst Screen Digest blaming both the worldwide recession and online piracy for the dip. Many had hoped that these threats would have been countered by the growing appetite for HD content …

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Sony says 360 and Wii owners will upgrade to PS3

Andrew House, the president of SCE Europe, has suggested that owners of current consoles such as Wii and Xbox 360 will ‘upgrade’ to a PS3 in an effort to keep track of the technology offered by Sony’s machine. If you look back at previous lifecycles, like PS2 versus N64, we …

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US: Warner launches HD-DVD for Blu-ray trade deal

Disgruntled HD-DVD customers in the US are being offered the chance to modernise their film collection thanks to Warner and a new scheme entitled Red2Blu, Home Cinema Choice reports. Owners of HD-DVD discs will be able to mail up to 25 sleeve inserts to Warner, who will in turn send …

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Blu-ray losing out to downloads

A new report from consumer knowledge site Reevoo has claimed that Blu-ray has not seen significant sales rises as a result of either the demise of Toshiba’s HD-DVD or the drop in Blu-ray hardware prices – and it’s saying that direct downloads have stolen the missing piece of the pie. …

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PS3 price cut rumours intensify

Whilst a PS3 price cut of some sort seems certain within the coming months, one analyst has gone one further by predicting that a drop will be confirmed within days. Recent channel checks indicate increased speculation for a PS3 price cut announcement from Sony in the next couple of days,” …

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Games overtake films in global entertainment market

Statistics from market research company Media Control Gfk International suggest that gaming has overtaken DVD and Blu-ray in terms of worldwide market value, Edge Online reports. The firm claims that games accounted for 53 per cent of 2008’s global packaged media commodities market, which in total valued $61bn. Global video …

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Ghostbusters calling in on June 19th

Atari has told MCV that Ghostbusters the video game will launch on Friday June 19th to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary. The game features an all-new adventure from the film’s script writers, and reunites stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. The game will also be …

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Blu-ray sales boast strong gains

New figures from the British Video Association show that hi-def disc format Blu-ray enjoyed a bumper Christmas in the UK, with sales climbing significantly compared to the same period last year. The BVA claims that 1.5 million Blu-ray movies were sold in the UK in December – a number that’s …

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JAPAN: Blu-ray hardware outsells DVD for the first time

Stats from Gfk Retail and Technology Japan have revealed that in the first week of November Blu-ray disc recording hardware outsold DVD recorders for the first time. In the same period last year Blu-ray disc recorders accounted for just ten per cent of the market, but falling prices in recent …

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