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Study: Blu-ray Dominates HD DVD in Japan

22 Jan, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

While U.S. consumer electronics retailers remain on the fence about whether to declare a winner in the format war, Japanese consumers appear to have voted Blu-ray champion, according to a new report.

A study of 2,300 CE stores conducted by Business Computer News, a Japanese think tank, found that percentage sales of standalone high-definition DVD players increased 20% in November and December, up from 6.1% in October.

The study did not include sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 video game system, which includes a Blu-ray drive.

Of the HD players sold, Blu-ray represented 90% of sales, followed by HD DVD (Toshiba Corp.) at 4%.

Sony BD players represented 60% of sales, followed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic) with 27% and Sharp Corp. with nearly 10%.

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