Blu-ray Discs Proliferate Nicely
Blu-ray disc production is up sharply over the past year. Within four more years it is expected to rise to billions of units.
Futuresource, a research firm, says that BD production is likely to hit 400 million discs in 2010, a 60 percent increase from 2009. By 2014, two billion discs are likely to be shipped worldwide.
The analysts say growing ownership of players and falling disc prices have both played a role in Blu-ray's current growth. They say 3D is likely to give it an additional boost. In particular, the expiration of Panasonic's Avatar exclusive in February 2012 will give the format a shot in the arm.
As for our old friend DVD, its sales are projected to drop by $4.6 million between 2009 and 2014, according to In-Stat, another research firm. In-Stat confirms the expected rise in Blu-ray sales but adds that gains in the new format will not be enough to offset declines in the old one.