Sales of Blu-ray discs hit a new high in the run-up to Christmas, according to figures released by the British Video Association (BVA).
Around 1.5 million Blu-ray discs were sold in December alone, up almost 400% against the same period in 2007.
In total the high definition format has sold 3.7 million units in 2008, helped by sales of the best ever selling Blu-ray title Dark Knight, which shifted 281,000 copies.
DVD and Blu-ray sales
But the rise of Blu-ray hasn’t been at the expense of traditional DVDs.
Mamma Mia! – The Movie officially became the UK’s fastest-selling DVD in history, achieving sales of 3.1 million in its first full week in the shops, and 5.1 million by the end of 2008.
Lavinia Carey, director general of the BVA, says: ‘The growth in disc sales throughout 2008 reveals that the home entertainment market is showing resilience in a difficult economic climate.
‘We expect the growth of Blu-ray to continue in 2009 on the back of strong releases such as Quantum of Solace, Tropic Thunder and The Duchess.’
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Music, fitness and TV DVD
Lee Evans – Big – Live at the 02 was the best selling special interest title of the year. With just five weeks on sale it ended the year with over a million sales.
Sport and fitness titles were topped by Natalie Cassidy’s Then & Now Workout from Universal, which sold over 200,000 copies in 2008.
The biggest selling music DVD of 2008 was Take That’s Beautiful World Live, which sold 160,000 copies.
In the TV genre, Fox’s Family Guy took the first and second slots. Family Guy Blue Harvest sold 442,000 copies in 2008, making it the most successful TV comedy title of the year.
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