Tuesday Aug 21

Futuresource: 24 million Blu-Ray players

Sales of Blu-ray players, excluding PS3, are expected to total nearly 24-million units this year across the three key growth regions (USA, Europe and Japan), according to a new Blu-ray and DVD Hardware Performance report from Futuresource Consulting.

"This view is based on inputs from a wide range of companies operating in the global Blu-ray hardware business, including vendors, retailers and component suppliers, and forms part of our ongoing research in this area," says Jack Wetherill, Research Consultant at Futuresource.

Futuresource predicts in excess of 11 million units in the fourth quarter alone, a year-on-year growth that will continue to drive BD into the mass market.

"Sales of HD-capable and 3D-capable TVs, coupled with dramatic reductions in BD player prices are continuing to fuel interest," Wetherill continues. "We'll see the format continue to gather momentum in all major markets across the globe."

At least 10 percent of all Blu-ray devices shipped this year are expected to offer 3D playback, rising to more than 25 percentin 2011. By 2014, nearly 40 percent of homes across the three key regions - Western Europe, the USA and Japan - will own a Blu-ray player, according to
Futuresource's projections.