TV Peripherals - UK - January 2014
“The battleground for Blu-ray has now widened beyond the fight to see off DVD, as manufacturers of disc players have to compete against digital formats which have significantly grown in popularity in recent years. ‘All you can eat’ style streaming services offer an unlimited number of streams for a monthly fee, and thereby allow consumers to ‘binge watch’ series without having to shell out on box sets. This has curbed the appeal of players, as the price of Blu-ray discs is still a major barrier for the industry.”
– Paul Davies, Senior Technology Analyst
Some questions answered in this report include:
- Why are most consumers still unwilling to upgrade to Blu-ray?
- Do DVD players have a future?
- How can sound system specialists compete with TV brands?
- Will TVs with integrated speakers hurt the audio market?
Both the value and volume of the soundbar market more than doubled in 2013, as consumers shifted away from traditional home cinema systems in favour of more discreet, minimalistic TV speakers. The DVD player category is still outselling what brands had hoped would be its successor in Blu-ray players. The price of Blu-ray discs still represents a major barrier for consumers and brands alike, and with consumers reluctant to spend more on high-definition discs, most have persevered with low cost DVD players. Meanwhile most brands are unable to offer starter packs of Blu-ray discs alongside players, as the cost of the latter falls, whilst discs are still just as costly.
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