Originally Posted by plazman
You are forgetting that the G2 Toshibas only came out in the end of Dec. Also, until Sept, very few movies were available on HD DVD and there were according to Toshiba only around 30K players. So, the first 6 months of either format saw very little in terms of hardware and software sales...
HD DVD domination was from Oct - mid Dec and the BD domination has been from Mid Dec until now....
To pretend that BD is selling hundreds of thousands of disks every week to over take the months head start of HD DVD is another form of pure spin. Both formats had very limited launches until Q4 of 2006.
The main problem with BD was that the Samsung player was considered too expensive for what it offered and the BD initial titles were lackluster. Toshiba shipped 2-4 units per store and that too we had no supply of hardware for months.....there was a period when there were no G1 Tosh players in B&M and the G2 were delayed by a month or so.
I believe HD DVD titles were selling since April '06. That is a 9 month selling window to December when the real BD sales essentially started.
In July, HD DVD title sales were supposedly as high as 11:1 (which I always suspected to be inflated), but at least 3:1 is certainly plausible considering samsung was the only player, it was expensive, and it had a noise filter setting that was too high.
As late as November, there were observations of HD DVD titles holding overwhelming leads (turns out to be the battle of the 3 ft pygmy vs 1 ft dwarf - since the units were so low in 2006).
There is also consensus that until before xmas, hd dvd was firmly in the lead, and the december videoscan numbers for 2006 confirmed this.
This is why BD's sales was so dramatic, it sold < 3:1, yet erased HDDVD's lead in < 3 months, a lead that took 9 months to build up.
HD-A2s started selling in late December, at about the same time that BD's lead started to build. Without HD A2s, BD's monthly title units would likely be > 3:1.