The Research and Markets have released a report regarding the DVD market, covering the players, recorders and next generation products. According to the report, the market is still going strong and predicts growth for the stand-alone DVD recorders. Blu-ray seems to be leading the race for the next generation of optical recording.
DVD recorders are beginning to drive the market for non-PC DVD hardware, a trend that keeps the overall global DVD hardware market on the rise. The DVD recorder market (not including units connected to PCs) doubled in size in 2004 and will grow by 87% in 2005. "In 2004, Japan DVD player shipments declined, while DVD recorders grew by over 100%."Source: Yahoo!
Three manufacturers are shipping next-generation Blu-ray recorders in Japan, while the first HD-DVD players will be available in the second half of 2005 along with about 90 movie titles. In-Stat expects shipments of next-generation blue laser recorders and players will reach 4 million in 2008, not including video game consoles.