HD DVD Says Outselling Blu-ray in Europe
The European arm of the HD DVD Promotion Group announced Thursday that it has 74 percent of the high-definition market for standalone players in Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, outselling rival Blu-ray players by a 3-to-1 margin. But the figures do not include Sony PS3 sales.
Toshiba cut prices of its HD DVD players in both Europe and the United States last month, and the company says it has seen a boost in sales following the move. Standalone Blu-ray players remain more expensive, which is likely the primary reason behind the sales disparity. However, the sales numbers, which were commissioned from market research group GfK and haven't been made public, do not take into account Blu-ray's primary sales driver, the PlayStation 3.