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Old 04-17-2009, 10:24 AM
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Interesting news from blu-ray.com.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=2594

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12M Blu-ray Players to Ship This Year
Posted April 17, 2009 08:12 AM by Josh Dreuth

Blu-ray Disc According to a new quarterly report by Futursource Consulting, the research company expects global shipments of Blu-ray Disc players to reach nearly 12 million units this year. In the fourth quarter of 2008, 3 million units were shipped globally, and represented nearly 50% of all Blu-ray Disc player shipments for the year. This year, the company is predicting as much as 6 million Blu-ray Disc players will be shipped globally during the fourth quarter of this year.

Jack Wetherill, Research Consultant at Futuresource, commented, "Sales of HD-capable LCD and plasma TVs, and continued dramatic reductions in BD player prices also continue to fuel interest. In the last quarter of 2008, average retail prices for standalone Blu-ray players fell by 15% in most major markets and we're going to see them fall by another 25% during the course of this year. Add to that the raft of movie titles being issued on Blu-ray - over 1,100 at the end of last year, on track to more than double this year - coupled with the increase in promotional activity and the continued benefit of growing PS3 ownership, and we'll see Blu-ray continue to gather momentum in all major markets across the globe."

For the first quarter of the year, 1.2 million Blu-ray Disc players were shipped globally, a number significantly more than during the same period the previous year. The company also sees Blu-ray as a long-term opportunity for the entertainment industry, with additional technologies, such as 3-D, possibly being added to the format.
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Queue up discussions of how the owners will still purchase cheaper DVD's. Better yet, "What percentage of those are PS3's?".

It is nice to see though. This is even before the new and cheaper models have hit the market too. Seems the discussions of how consumers are spending more for in home entertainment vs. vacations and going out are getting credence.
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Interesting to note that to date virtually all shipments have found their way into consumer hands within 6 months of being released, No Blu-ray inventory so far has stacked up its all sold out. So those can be seen as pretty good proxy numbers for future growth in Blu-ray owners.
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Old 04-17-2009, 11:16 AM
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The research firm also finds there are now 10.5 million Blu-ray households with either a Blu-ray set-top box or a Sony PS3.
Looks like that is what they meant as the 10.5 M figure.

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I suspect this is definately a real possibility. Let's hope so.

http://www.smarthouse.com.au/HD/Blu_ray/D9E3Q9T5?page=2
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Samsung Boss Tips $99 Blu ray Player By Xmas
By David Richards | Friday | 17/04/2009

Australia could have a $99 Blu ray player by Xmas claims Samsung following the licensing of Blu ray and Dolby technology to Chinese manufacturers. The claim comes after it was revealed that sales of Blu ray have doubled in the US market during the first quarter of 2009.

Mark Leathan the Marketing Director at Samsung said "The market for Blu ray is starting to pick up and you can bet with the entry of the Chinese manufacturers into the Blu ray market that we will have a $99 Blu ray player to compete against".

In an effort to spur Blu-ray growth and drop prices of the format, Sony, Panasonic and Philips have created a licensing entity for Blu-ray products which saw several Chinese manufacturers take up licensing deals in the last quarter of 2008. The venture will lower licensing fees and have fewer unlicensed products, passing the savings along to consumers.

Questions are also being asked as to whether the Sony PS3 Playstation is a Blu ray player or a gaming console when it comes to researchers counting the sale? According to the latest audit of the Blu ray market by Adams Media Research it is both.

The research Company has also said that sales of Blu ray players have almost doubled in the first quarter of 2009 and that in the US market 9 million Blu-ray discs were sold in that period. The year-to-date 2009 sales are nearly double that of 2008, which saw 4.8 million discs sold during the first quarter.

The research firm also finds there are now 10.5 million Blu-ray households with either a Blu-ray set-top box or a Sony PS3.

The research Company has also said that Sony, in attempt to increase the appeal of the PS3, is planning a combo Blu-ray/gaming disc that would contain an entire video game and entire movie.

"We are delighted to see continuing, significant growth of the Blu-ray Disc format in the midst of one of the worst economic downturns in recent memory," says Andy Parsons, chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association and senior VP of product planning at Pioneer.

"I think the numbers are a clear indicator that consumers really do understand the value of packaged media, and that even when times are very tough, [consumers] continue to seek out and enjoy the best possible high-definition content."

There's more good news on the home entertainment front from the NPD Group. Citing a recent consumer survey, the NPD Group says 51 percent of respondents purchased a DVD or Blu-ray movie in the past 90 days.

The report also says home entertainment spending has remained "relatively unchanged" at $160 per month. According to the study, 63 percent of respondents will by the same or more DVDs in 2009 as they did in 2008.

"There's a reasonable amount of optimism," says NPD analyst Russ Crupnick. "People are still buying, but buying less. Put compelling content in front of consumers, and they will buy it."
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Probably mostly PS3s, counted as BD players.
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Probably mostly PS3s, counted as BD players.

Yes I think its all households with a PS3 and/or one or more Blu-ray set tops.
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Interesting news from blu-ray.com.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=2594
BDA fighting war of words in front of CBHD launch, IMO. Also $99 BD players by XMas.

Seems to be a boost in message board rhetoric as well...
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BDA fighting war of words in front of CBHD launch, IMO. Also $99 BD players by XMas.

Seems to be a boost in message board rhetoric as well...
Yup.

The transient underlying subliminal transmissions have been picking up too. I have also noticed harmonic residual side band data being transmitted over my FM radio. It is getting very scary. I recommend disconnecting yourself from the internet. And then lock yourself in your Faraday cage. Only way to be safe these days, what with bluray electromagnetic interference clogging up the internet and mass media airwaves. Watch your back my friend. It's going to get worse before it gets better.


/takes off aluminum cap/

So mikemorel...is this your new pulpit these days? CBHD?

Let's see....downloads still have yet to turn a corner....YouTube and Hulu are doing OK (though losing some $$), but their effect has been negligible. MOD kiosks are still non-existent. No SD card movies yet.

So I guess now the "next big thing" to kill bluray is CBHD. Is that why you have brought it up twice today?

Give it up weirdo.

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Probably mostly PS3s, counted as BD players.
Called it !!!
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Seems to be a boost in message board rhetoric as well...
You have posted twice in one day.
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