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Allan
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      03-02-2005
Japan DVD recorder shipments double

Tokyo

March 2, 2005 - 10:16AM

DVD recorders shipped in Japan more than doubled in 2004 and will
likely see another strong year as the technology gets cheaper, a
research house said on Tuesday.

The forecast comes ahead of the introduction expected later this year
of next-generation DVD players, which promise to open up a new range
of features for consumers despite two rival and incompatible formats.

The MM Research Institute said Japan saw growth of 110 per cent in DVD
recorders shipped last year with 4.03 million units.

By value, shipments rose 53.5 per cent to 218 billion ($A2.64
billion), indicating lower retail prices - which in turn helped fuel
sales.

The MM Research Institute forecast shipments to increase another 34
per cent in 2005 to 5.4 million units.

The research firm said manufacturers and retailers of DVD recorders
mounted big advertising campaigns in 2004, particularly for the Athens
Olympics.

Next-generation DVDs are expected to see mass release later this year
with two formats striving to be the dominant standard.

Sony and Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic brand machines, have led
development of the Blu-Ray format, which has the backing of
entertainment group Disney.

Toshiba and NEC are behind the rival High-Definition DVD (HD-DVD)
format, which has strong support elsewhere in Hollywood with backing
from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and
Warner Brothers Studios.

According to the report released Tuesday, Matsushita had the biggest
market share for DVD recorders in Japan in 2004 at 28.3 per cent,
although it was sharply down from 41.1 per cent in 2003.

Sony boosted its share to 22.1 per cent from 13.8 per cent in 2003,
while Toshiba rose to 16.4 per cent from 18.8 per cent.

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      03-02-2005
On Tue, 01 Mar 2005 20:58:23 -0500, Allan
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>Japan DVD recorder shipments double
>
>Tokyo
>
>March 2, 2005 - 10:16AM
>
>DVD recorders shipped in Japan more than doubled in 2004 and will
>likely see another strong year as the technology gets cheaper, a
>research house said on Tuesday.
>
>The forecast comes ahead of the introduction expected later this year
>of next-generation DVD players, which promise to open up a new range
>of features for consumers despite two rival and incompatible formats.
>
>The MM Research Institute said Japan saw growth of 110 per cent in DVD
>recorders shipped last year with 4.03 million units.
>
>By value, shipments rose 53.5 per cent to 218 billion ($A2.64
>billion), indicating lower retail prices - which in turn helped fuel
>sales.
>
>The MM Research Institute forecast shipments to increase another 34
>per cent in 2005 to 5.4 million units.
>
>The research firm said manufacturers and retailers of DVD recorders
>mounted big advertising campaigns in 2004, particularly for the Athens
>Olympics.
>
>Next-generation DVDs are expected to see mass release later this year
>with two formats striving to be the dominant standard.
>
>Sony and Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic brand machines, have led
>development of the Blu-Ray format, which has the backing of
>entertainment group Disney.
>
>Toshiba and NEC are behind the rival High-Definition DVD (HD-DVD)
>format, which has strong support elsewhere in Hollywood with backing
>from Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and
>Warner Brothers Studios.
>
>According to the report released Tuesday, Matsushita had the biggest
>market share for DVD recorders in Japan in 2004 at 28.3 per cent,
>although it was sharply down from 41.1 per cent in 2003.
>
>Sony boosted its share to 22.1 per cent from 13.8 per cent in 2003,
>while Toshiba rose to 16.4 per cent from 18.8 per cent.
>
>AFP
>

Impressive, given neither are cheap units.
-Rich
 
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