Originally Posted by rdjam
I call B.S. ....
There is no way that Sony is outselling all the far cheaper HD DVD players out there. I think they are twisting numbers again - most likely basing it on $ revenue, instead of units.
First of all, take a look at the graph. It's the second picture on this page:http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/...px?i=3084&p=10
Sony clearly states that this shows market share, based on unit sales. While it doesn't say so explicitly, my guess is that it's weekly market shares. There's just no way the share of total installed players would fluctuate so wildly from week to week.
Sony's claim seems to be that until the end of March, both formats sold about equally well (or poor, depending on how you look at it). Then, HD DVD rose to about 70% market share, which rose steadily to about mid-June, when Blu-ray takes over, and reaches about 70% within two weeks. After a couple of weeks it stabilizes at around 55%
So, to summarize:
Jun 16: 20
Jun 23: 60
Jun 30: 70
Given HD DVDs huge lead in April and May, I doubt these numbers include PS3 (they probably don't include the Xbox addon either).
What I'd really like to know, is what exactly these numbers represent. Are we looking at what customers are buying in the stores, or what suppliers are shipping? I would also love to know what volumes we're talking about here. It seems almost impossible to go from a 4:1 advantage to a 3:2 disadvantage in just one week, unless the actual numbers are very, very small.
Anyway - if
these numbers actually represent the current market situation (I notice the chart ends the week before the Paramount announcement), then this should be a concern for the HD DVD-camp. If HD DVD is to have any hope of catching up to Blu-ray in terms of disc sales, they must
sell enough standalone players to cancel the PS3-effect. But, that'll never happen if Blu-ray outsells HD DVD on standalones.
I'm a liitle bit concerned, I have to admit, but knowing how Sony tends to be very clever at how they present statistics, I'm crossing my fingers. I would like to see the official numbers from NPD, though.