Blu-ray to push DVD out of market by 2015

New research forecasts 105 million Blu-ray disc players will ship in 2015, pushing traditional DVD players out of the market.

DVD players and recorder shipments will decline over the next five years for most regions, said In-Stat Research, adding that "only negligible shipments" of DVD recorders will continue to Japan

"Blu-ray recorders will replace DVD recorders, and many consumers of recorders will even drop the physical disk media option altogether and instead opt for a player with a large hard drive or a DMS in which to store DLNA-certified and other digital video content," said Norm Bogen, VP of Digital Entertainment.

In-Stat said Blu-ray disc players shipped to North America in 2010 represented 38 percent of the total Blu-ray player and recorder market, with Japan accounting for the majority of Blu-ray recorders. Europe remains the main market for DVD recorders. In China, the market for Blu-ray players has been stalled by the lower prices of the local CBHD standard.

Not surprisingly, Netflix is seeing more demand for Blu-ray discs as well, with 15 percent of its subscribers opting for that media.

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