12 Million Blu-ray Fans Can't Be Wrong!17 Apr, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Wow. The economy may be in tatters, but Futuresource Consulting predicts that global shipments of Blu-ray Disc players this year will come close to 12 million units--and what makes the number even more impressive is that it doesn't include the PlayStation 3 video game console, which contains a Blu-ray Disc drive and in the early stages of the format accounted for the lion's share of players. Futuresource research consultant Jack Wetherill says the fourth quarter will be peak season, with shipments of more than 6 million players in the months of October, November and December. That's twice as many players as were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2008. Wetherill says his rosy forecast is based on input "from a wide range of companies operating in the global Blu-ray hardware business, including vendors, retailers and component suppliers." Shipments in the first quarter of this year, he adds, are estimated at 1.2 million players.