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Blu-ray Beat HD-DVD. Now Can it Beat DVD?

Phoenix, AZ — The recession of 2008 and 2009 impacted the entire semiconductor industry, including a relatively new market for chips: Blu-ray Players. A fledgling technology that had just defeated the HD-DVD format in 2008, Blu-ray had a difficult time gaining traction in its early years due to limited Blu-ray disc content and a high ASP compared to DVD Players.

Recently, Blu-ray's luck has started to turn around. Blu-ray discs are selling better than ever, internet movie downloads are starting to flatten, and over 290 million DTVs are expected to sell in 2014. All that HD content is looking at Blu-ray as its player of choice.

Semico’s latest report, Players & Recorders: The Blu-ray Argument looks at the current trends influencing Blu-ray players and recorders as well as DVD players and recorders. This report has a five-year forecast that includes unit shipments, revenue shipments and ASPs.

In addition to a production-orientated regional forecast, this report discusses an industry-average block diagram, bill of materials, semiconductor content, total available market, and 200mm wafer demand.

7 comments on “Blu-ray Beat HD-DVD. Now Can it Beat DVD?

  1. maou_villaflores
    October 19, 2010

    Definitely Yes…however if Sony and Philips will monopolize the production of Blu-ray it will not beat DVD. Blu-rays are  a bit expensive and it would be best viewed using an HDTV and some products from Sony and Philips bundled with the system. As a practical consumer in this time of economic uncertainties I will not waste my money over something which I don't really need to have in order to survive 🙂

  2. itguyphil
    October 19, 2010

    True. But I think since most people are penny-pinching these days, Blu-ray will be around but not in too high a demand. As spec'd out, Blu-ray is supposed to provide better audio quality. Alot of folks invest in HDTVs but I do not know too many that also spend the extra bucks on surround sound or home theater systems.
    So, if you want to compare the bump up in quality from DVDs, is it really worth the extra $$ for now at least?

  3. maou_villaflores
    October 25, 2010

    I think there's a big change for Blu-ray to beat- HD-DVD. If manufacturers (Sony and Philips) will bundled Blu-ray with their home entertainment package. There's an increase of demand for home entertainment in the past two years and I guess this strategy will help them market blu-ray technology. Aggressive marketing promotions should be done which I dont really see in the market.

  4. itguyphil
    October 27, 2010

    Great idea. This reminds me of years ago when every purchase you made at any retail store included a rebate for some other product. I think that if they institute something like that for the Blu-Rays, the market acceptance would be alot better. The product would get directly into the hands of consumers and they would eventually become second nature to talk about Blu-ray the same way we did with VHS…DVD.

  5. Ariella
    October 27, 2010

    I feel the same way about not wasting my money on something inessential.  But there are always those people who want to be among the first to have the latest gadgets and gizmos, including HDTV.  If Blu-ray is promoted as the latest and greatest, it will find customers, but I would doubt that it will overtake DVD at this point.

  6. DataCrunch
    October 27, 2010

    A recent study released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) indicates that spending on consumer electronics is up 12% from last year and that the average household owns 25 consumer electronics products.  This is two more than last year.    According to the study, video products are at the top of the list of devices owned and that 65% of households own at least one HDTV, which is an increase of 13% from last year.  The study also states that in the next 12 months approximately one out of four households plan on purchasing a new HDTV.  Behind televisions, the next most popular items are DVD players.  Overall, consumer electronics spending is on the rise despite a tough economy and the predictions for this holiday season is that overall spending will be down, while consumer electronics spending will increase to an all-time high with the average consumer  spending $232 on electronics gifts.       

    Clearly with the increased spending and continued interest in HDTV, this is good news for Blu-Ray and other high-end consumer electronics products.

    My take on it is that with the downturn in the economy, many households have opted not to take vacations or treat themselves to getaways, which are purchases that are for temporary satisfaction, and have decided to spend on items that will supply a household with months and years of enjoyment, such as HDTVs, DVDs, gaming and entertainment systems, etc.     These purchases although they can add up provide more bang for the buck and on-going enjoyment than a family vacation.   

  7. hwong
    November 7, 2010

    Blu-ray DVD player is backward compatible with DVD. Manufacturors will stop making DVD players gradually. New blu-ray DVD player has better profit margin which does make DVD play back quality look better. Then they will be phasing out regular DVDs with once again more expensive blu-ray DVDs. Eventually, consumers are left with no choice. But blu-ray DVD does look better and sound better, thanks for the much higher capacity it can store video and sound without compression at all.

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