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Study: Blu-ray Players Spearhead Web-enabled Devices

26 Feb, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel

The end of the format war is expected to be a boon for Blu-ray, with BD players and recorders topping sales of Internet-connected consumer electronics devices by 2012, according to a new report.

Overall, Web-enabled DVD and Blu-ray players are expected to top 50 million unit sales, according to MultiMedia Intelligence, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based technology data tracking service.

The tally does not include Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 video game systems, which feature a Blu-ray disc drive.

MultiMedia did say, however, that video games devices continue to spearhead total annual Web-enabled CE shipments, including 64 million units in 2007.

The report said Web-based connectivity continues to be an ongoing driving force in CE, including televisions, audio equipment and satellite set-top boxes.

“The end of the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD promises to accelerate shipment volume of BD equipment,” said Mark Kirstein, president of MultiMedia. “As a result, Blu-ray equipment could become the largest volume segment of IP-enabled consumer devices even sooner than 2012.”

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