Japan : DVD recorder shipments double

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  1. Allan

    Allan Guest

    Japan DVD recorder shipments double


    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

    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

    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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    Allan, Mar 2, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Impressive, given neither are cheap units.
    RichA, Mar 2, 2005
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