Feeds

Blu-ray Disc sales to hit 100m by Xmas

Analyst forecasts global splurge

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Punters across North America, Western Europe and Japan will buy in excess of 100m Blu-ray Discs by the end of 2009 - almost three times as many as were sold in 2008, a market watcher has predicted.

The Futuresource Consulting group also forecast that, by 2012, around 50 per cent of US and 35 per cent of Western European pre-packaged video retail sale volumes will be BDs.

But the market watcher’s prediction isn’t that startling given existing predictions for future Blu-ray sales, and is based largely on one simple fact: a greater prevalence of HD TVs in the market and the falling prices of Blu-ray players.

Mai Hoang, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource, stated that the UK’s now the largest market for Blu-ray Discs in Western Europe. “With sales of more than 3.5m units in 2008, it [the UK] represented over 40 per cent of the West European total.”

The market watcher’s Managing Director, Jim Bottoms, also shed some light onto which genres of Blu-ray films will prove increasingly popular this year.

“The action adventure genre dominates, appealing strongly to the young male technology adopter, which also closely matches the PlayStation 3 owner profile,” he said.

"For some high profile titles, close to 25 per cent of all disc sales have been on BD," he added, "while other action adventure titles consistently see BD accounting for over 15 per cent of total sales. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.