Blu-Ray and Network Connectivity Finally Start Encroaching on DVD in Disc Player/Recorder Market

Monday, January 25th, 2010 
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — High-volume shipments of Blu-ray players, most of which feature network connectivity, are finally making inroads into the broader disc player and recorder market, reports In-Stat. By 2013, Blu-ray player shipments will still lag slightly behind the 90 million DVD player unit shipments. However, higher average selling prices will put Blu-ray player revenue at more than 4 times as large as DVD player revenue.

“In North America, significant price drops of Blu-ray players drove unit shipments to triple in 2009,” says Michelle Abraham, In-Stat analyst. “The cost differential between standard definition DVD and Blu-ray is becoming much smaller and new features such as IP/network connectivity are becoming increasingly important. Blu-ray is finally starting to make significant advances market.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Shipments of network-enabled Blu-ray players/recorders will approach 80 million units by 2013.
  • 18% of US survey respondents with at least some interest in purchasing a Blu-ray player cited cost as a barrier.
  • Japan dominates the market for Blu-ray recorders. Europe is the largest revenue market for Blu-ray players.
  • The key semiconductor providers supporting the Blu-ray and DVD player/recorder market include Broadcom, NEC Electronics, MediaTek, Sunplus and Zoran.

Recent In-Stat research, Worldwide Blu-Ray and DVD Player/Recorder Market (#IN1004547ME), covers the worldwide market for DVD players and recorders. It includes:

  • Examination of market trends for Blu-ray and standard definition DVD.
  • Forecasts of worldwide unit sales, revenue, and average selling prices of standard definition DVD recorders and players, and of Blu-ray recorders and players through 2013.
  • Overview of DVD and Blu-ray technology.
  • Profiles of major DVD and Blu-ray silicon providers including: Broadcom, ESS Technology, Magnum Semiconductors, Media Tek, NEC, Sigma Designs, Sunplus, and Zoran.