Blu-ray Player News – BD Live, Chinese Players Expected

Posted in Players, Playstation 3, Technology on May 23rd, 2008 by Dave

daewoo.jpgThere is quite a bit of Blu-ray player news about today.

Via Format War Central you can read that Video Business is reporting that high-end consumer electronics retailers expect set-top Blu-ray players to begin outselling DVD players by August. Also revealed is that the Sony BDP-S350 and Panasonic DMP-BD50, will hit stores in July. Both are reportedly BD Live capable players.

Over at ZDNetAsia we read that eleven Chinese disc manufacturers have been authorized by Blu-ray Disc Association to produce Blu-Ray discs and disc players next year. Interesting to note this article states that the BDA’s member number has increased to 187 while that of International DVD Forum has decreased to 163.

We also see that Home Media Magazine summarises the players coming to the market, including the Daewoo BDP-1000 (pictured) and 2000 BD Live capable players with 1080p 24 mode, 1 GB of storage, SD Memory Card slot and HDMI 1.3, due in the fall. They also list the Panasonic DMP-BD50, two Sony’s (BDR S350 and S550) and the Playstation 3 for BD Live capability.

For Bonus View players they list the two Pioneer (BDP 51FD and 05FD), the Sharp BD-HP50, Marantz BD8002, the Philips BDP7200, Sylvania NB500, Samsung BD-P1500 and the Denon 2500, along with a quick summary of features. Well worth a look.

We also read via Digital Bits that Denon is considering a Blu-ray player with SACD and DVD-Audio multichannel playback.

All in all is it pretty easy to see that there will be quite a range of players to choose from and from the VB article it is pretty clear to see that at least the player market has quickly become a nice money maker for the consumer electronics industry, having already overtaken the saturated DVD player market with respect to revenues.

4 Responses to “Blu-ray Player News – BD Live, Chinese Players Expected”

  1. Martin Miller says:

    Are there any market share numbers published on BD players sold or shipped?

    What is the market share of each of the top 5 guys?

  2. Dave says:

    We do occasionally see market share for the Blu-ray players, usually at the end of the quarter.

    Since there is word of the NPD figures being quoted right now on the sales increase, we may hear news about player market share soon.

    If I recall correctly in the past the top sellers have been Sony and Panasonic who each take over 20% of the sales.

    I will see if I can dig up anything more on that.

  3. Martin Miller says:

    Does anyone know where Pioneer builds it’s bluray players? Do they have their own Taiwan factory or do they farm it out to subcontract assembly?

  4. Dave says:

    Not sure about their CM relationships.

    With the prices dropping I can only imagine that they are no longer manufactured in Japan.

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