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No let up in high Blu-ray disc prices

March 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Figures released at an industry confab in the US by Adams Media Research predict that consumer spending on Blu-ray will eclipse DVD by 2012, with actual sales passing DVD by 2013. According to the latest set of crunched-numbers, by 2016 90 million Blu-ray players will have been sold in the US, driving disc sales to 900 million pieces.
However, analysts believe that Blu-ray disc prices will remain high as there is currently too little replication capacity worldwide to meet demand.
According to Jim Bottoms, of research firm Understanding and Solutions, disc makers will be working flat out by the fourth quarter of 2008. He predicts that the industry will need 80 new BD production lines just to keep up with demand in the US. That translates to an investment of around 250 million dollars. Michael Mitchell, of Sony DADC, agreed that capacity was becoming an issue. He said his facility was already working flat out, producing one BD every 5.8 seconds.

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