Report: Blu-ray players, connected TVs hot for 2010

Internet video device shipments -- specifically connected TVs and Blu-ray players -- are expected to grow nearly 80 percent in 2010, says a report from market research firm IMS Research.

Report author Rebecca Kurlack says the continuing decline in the price of Blu-ray players should make more consumers open to purchasing them, adding, "with nearly all Blu-ray players manufactured with IP connectivity enabling access to VOD libraries like Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and CinemaNow, Blu-ray players are more compelling for purchase consideration than they have been since their market debut."

Kurlack said global shipments of Blu-ray players could exceed 28 million units in 2010.

The forecast also includes a look at game consoles, media extenders, proprietary equipment, retail DTT+IP STB and connected TV sets, and extends the forecast period through 2015.

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