Global Blu-Ray Discs Industry

  • May 2012
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  • Global Industry Analysts
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  • 278 pages

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Blu-Ray Discs in Thousand Units and US$ Million. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2018. The report profiles 37 companies including many key and niche players such as CMC Magnetics Corporation, Falcon Technologies International LLC, Hitachi Maxell Ltd., Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation, Moser Baer India Limited, Panasonic Corporation, Paramount Pictures Corporation, RITEK Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Taiyo Yuden Co Ltd., TDK Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox, Umedisc Limited, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Co., and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.

Table Of Contents





I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY and PRODUCT DEFINITIONS
Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1
Disclaimers I-2
Data Interpretation and Reporting Level I-3
Quantitative Techniques and Analytics I-3
Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3


II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW II-1
A Quick Primer II-1
Blu-Ray Survives Early Setbacks II-2
Blu-ray Disc Wins the Hard-Fought Format War Against HD-DVD II-2
Why to Upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray? II-2
A Comparison of Blu-ray and DVD Features II-3
Cost Savings: A Sharp Edged Benefit Driving the Uptake of
Blu-ray II-4
Emergence of AVC and DTS-HD as the Blu-ray Standard II-4
Impact of the 2007-2009 Recession In Retrospect II-5
Will Growth in Europe be Held Hostage by the Debt Crisis? II-5
Outlook II-6
Blu-Ray Storage in IT Environment: A Review II-7
Digital Data Explosion Drives Demand for Blu-Ray Disc Storage II-7
Growing Concerns over Storage Carbon Footprint Throws the
Spotlight on Blu-Ray II-8
Developments in Blu-ray Archival Storage Libraries to Drive
Gains II-8
Developing Countries Poised to Turbo-Charge Future Growth II-9
Innovation in Blu-ray Players Echoes Opportunities Downstream
into the Discs Market II-9
Growth Drivers In a Capsule II-9
HDTVs Propel Popularity of Blu-Ray II-9
Table 1: Projected Breakdown of Household Penetration (%)
for HDTV Displays and HDTV Broadcast by Select Country for
the year 2015(F) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-10
Rising Mobile Storage Market Boost and for Blu-ray Format II-11
Support from Consumer Electronics and IT Manufacturers: A
Shot in Arm II-11
Portable Models: Trigger Growth in the Blu-ray Market II-11
Low Cost Hardware Spur Blu-Ray Popularity II-12
Table 2: Average Retail Price ($) of Blu-ray Player in
Comparison to DVD Player for the year 2006 through 2014F
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12
Popularity of PS3 Augur Well for Blu-Ray II-13
Table 3: Global Blu-Ray Technology (2011): Percentage Share
Breakdown of Sales by Platform (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-13
Blu-ray Disc Association Announces New Specifications to
Improve Data Backup II-13
3D Touted to Become Key Ingredient for Blu-ray Adoption II-14
Challenges to Reckon with II-14
Video Streaming: How Real is the Threat to Physical Blu-Ray
Discs? II-14
Blu-ray Success Limited in PC Segment II-15
Mandatory Managed Copy Still Far From Reality II-15
Does Blu-Ray Region Codes Really Offer Safety Blanket for
Movie Studios? II-16
Will Rising Delivery Channels for Movie Distribution Hamper
Blu-Ray Prospects? II-16
Will Fourth Generation Optical Disc Cause Blu-ray Discs to Go
Extinct? II-17

2. PRODUCT OVERVIEW II-19
Introduction II-19
Types of Blu-ray Discs II-19
Blu-ray Format II-20
(i) Blu-ray Recordable (BD-R) II-20
(ii) Blu-ray ReWritable (BD-RE) II-20
(iii) Blu-ray ROM II-20
Blu-ray Format Specifications II-21
Advantages II-22
A Comparison of Storage Technologies II-22
Major End-Use Markets II-23
Consumer Electronics II-23
HD Television Recording II-23
HD Video Distribution II-23
HD Camcorder Archiving II-23
PC and PC Peripheral II-24
Mass Data Storage II-24
Digital Asset Management and Professional Storage II-24

3. STRATEGIC CORPORATE DEVELOPMENTS II-25
Verizon Communications Enters into Joint Venture with Redbox
to Offer New Product Portfolio II-25
Panasonic Canada Introduces Full HD 3D Models and Blu-ray Players II-25
Epson Unveils Discproducer PP-50BD II-25
Sony Launches Blu-ray Disc Player with 4k2k Video Support II-26
McIntosh Laboratory Introduces MVP891 Universal Blu-ray Disc
Player II-26
ACCESS to Introduce NetFrontTM Living Connect 3.0 Solution II-26
Sony to Restart Blu-Ray Manufacturing in Tagajo Facility II-27
Quickflix Inks Agreement with Telstra for BigPond Movies
Rental Business II-27
EMI Music and Pink Floyd Sign Agreement to Develop Multi-
Format Program II-27
CyberLink Enters into Partnership with Panasonic, Samsung,
Sony, Hitachi and Philips to Setup One-Blue II-27
Cinram International Income Fund Inks Agreement with Twentieth
Century Fox Home Entertainment II-28
HP Signs One-Blue Licensing Program as Licensor II-28
One-Blue Introduces Licensing Program for Blu-ray DiscTM Products II-28
Cinram International Income Fund Takes Over 1K Studios II-28
Relativity Media Inks Agreement with Cinram International
Income Fund II-28
Sony Creative Software to Take Over Netblender II-29
Irdeto Takes Over BD+ Technology of Rovi to Check Blu-ray Piracy II-29
Oppo Introduces BD80 Blu-ray Player II-29
Mitsubishi, Toshiba Electric, Warner Bros and Thomson
Licensing Introduce Licensing Program for Blu-ray Patents II-30
Regency Media Acquires BLUELINE II Blu-ray Disc Manufacturing
Lines of Singulus Technologies II-30
Sony Introduces BDV-E985W 3D Blu-ray Disc Home Entertainment
System II-30
ASUS Introduces SBW-06C2X-U External Blu-ray Writer II-30
Sony Launches Blu-ray Disc Line and BDP-SX1000 Blu-ray Disc
Player II-31
Audiovox Launches AVDBR1 Blu-ray Disc Player II-31
Onkyo Unveils BD-SP809 Blu-ray Player II-31
Sony Unveils BDX-S500U and BD-5300S Blu-Ray disc Rewritable
drives in India II-32
Panasonic Germany Introduces DMR-BS785 and BS885 Blu-Ray
DiscTM Recorders II-32
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Introduces Range of Blu-ray Players II-32
Pioneer Electronics Launches BDR-206MBK Blu-ray Disc Drive II-33
IDA Entertainment to Unveil Cat Shit One Video Anime on Blu-
ray Disc in US II-33
TASCAM Introduces BD-R2000 High-Definition Video Recorder II-33
Sharp Launches BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U 3D Network Blu-Ray DiscTM
Players II-33
Yamaha and DivX Unveil Yamaha DivX PlusTM HD Certified Blu-Ray
Players II-34
Sharp to Unveil VR-100BR1 Blu-Ray Disk Format II-34
Lite-On Unveils iHBS112 Blu-Ray Disc Writer II-34
Yamaha Launches BD-S667 Blu-Ray Player and RX-V667 3D AV Receiver II-35
Samsung Unveils SH-B123 Optical Disk Drive II-35
Plextor Introduces PlexMedia Blu-Ray Player and PX-B120U
External BD-ROM Drive II-35
Sonic Solutions® Integrates Dolby® TrueHD Audio Stream Editing
Tools in Scenarist® II-36
Sharp Corporation to Unveil VR-100BR1 Triple Layer Blu-ray
Disc Media II-36
Sharp Corporation to Launch New Disc Drives II-36
Imation Unveils TDK Life on Record 6x BD-R II-36
Sony Launches Novel Blu-Ray Disc Line II-37
Sony and Panasonic Launch i-MLSE II-37
CyberLink Rolls out PowerProducer 5.5 II-37
Kaleidescape Introduces the 100-disc Blu-ray Disc Vault II-37
Sony India to Roll out Blu-Ray Audio Visual Products II-37
Sony Optiarc Unveils Blu-ray Disc Rewritable Drives II-38
CyberLink Rolls out BDXL Blu-ray Format for Power DVD II-38
Fengtao Software Launches DVDFab Blu-ray Copy II-38
Tipard Studio Introduces the Tipard Blu-ray Converter II-38
Sony Corporation Introduces BDX-S500U Slim External Blu-ray Drive II-38
Sonic Solutions Unveils Novel Version of Scenarist® BD Workgroup II-39
Sharp to Launch Blu-ray Disc II-39
Samsung Electronics Rolls out SH-B123 ODD II-39
Hitachi Unveils HyDrive Blu-ray Drive II-40
Corel to Unveil WinDVD with Blu-ray 3D certification II-40
Panasonic Rolls out New Blu-ray Disc Media II-40
Buffalo Technology Introduces the BR-PX68U2 6x Blu-ray Drive II-41
Sony Creative Launches Blu-print 6 Blu-ray Disc II-41
NetBlender to Launch 3D Authoring and Encoding Capabilities
for DoStudioâ„¢ Blu-ray Tools II-41
Sony Corporation to Discontinue Production at Hungarian Plant II-42
Wipro Inks Partnership Agreement with Philips to Provide Blu-
ray Solutions II-42
Panasonic Establishes Blu-ray 3Dâ„¢ Advanced Authoring Center II-42
Singulus Technologies Divests Bluline II Replication System II-42
MCE Introduces 8X Blu-ray Recordable Drive for Mac Operating
Systems II-42
Sony Introduces Blu-Ray Discs with Interactive BD-Live Video
Editing Functionality II-43
DTS Launches Blu-ray Audio Production Tools II-43
Sonic Introduces Sonic BD PowerStationâ„¢ for Professional
Videographers II-43
Verbatim Americas Unveils New Line of Blu-Ray Disc Products II-44
Samsung Electronics Unveils SH-B083 Drive II-44
Media Distributors Launches Line1 Media II-45
GZ Digital Media to Establish Facility Blu-Ray Disc
Manufacturing Facility II-45
Sony Australia Establishes a New Replication Facility for Blu
-ray Discs II-45
Pioneer and Sharp to Enter into Joint Venture II-46
Panasonic Establishes 3D Blu-ray Research Laboratory II-46
Sony Establishes New Blu-ray Software Production Facility in
China II-46
Ascent Media Group Collaborates with Sofatronic and Akamai
Technologies II-46

4. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS II-48
CMC Magnetics Corporation (Taiwan) II-48
Falcon Technologies International (FTI) II-48
Hitachi Maxell Ltd (Japan) II-48
Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation (USA) II-48
Moser Baer India Limited (India) II-49
Panasonic Corporation (Japan) II-49
Paramount Pictures Corporation (USA) II-50
RITEK Corporation (Taiwan) II-50
Sharp Corporation (Japan) II-50
Sony Corporation (Japan) II-50
Taiyo Yuden Co Ltd (Japan) II-51
TDK Corporation (Japan) II-51
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation II-51
Umedisc Limited (Hong Kong) II-52
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USA) II-52
Walt Disney Co (USA) II-52
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc (USA) II-52

5. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE II-53
Table 4: Global Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-53

Table 5: Global 10-Year Perspective for Blu-Ray discs by
Geographic Region- Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World Markets
for Years 2009, 2012 and 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-54

Table 6: Global Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-55

Table 7: Global 10-Year Perspective for Blu-Ray discs by
Geographic Region- Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for US,
Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World Markets
for Years 2009, 2012 and 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) II-56


III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES III-1
A.Market Analysis III-1
Outlook III-1
Blu-ray Scores High in the Home Video Entertainment Market III-1
Table 8: US Home Entertainment Market (2011): Percentage
Share Breakdown of Consumer Spending By Format (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-1
US Blu-Ray Market Looks Up III-1
Product Launches III-2
Strategic Corporate Developments III-6
Select US Players III-12
B.Market Analytics III-14
Table 9: US Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-14

Table 10: US Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-15

2. CANADA III-16
A.Market Analysis III-16
Outlook III-16
Strategic coroporate developments III-16
B.Market Analytics III-17
Table 11: Canada Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-17

Table 12: Canada Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Millions for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-18

3. JAPAN III-19
A.Market Analysis III-19
Outlook III-19
The Threat of Reverse-Importation III-19
Recordable Blu-Ray Discs Market to Soar III-19
Market Share Statistics: III-20
Table 13: Japanese BD Optical Disc Drive Market (2011):
Percentage Share Breakdown of Installed Base for BD
Rewriter Drives, and BD-ROM/ Combo Drives (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20
Product Launches III-20
Strategic Corporate Development III-23
Select Players III-24
B.Market Analytics III-27
Table 14: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-27

Table 15: Japanese Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-28

4. EUROPE III-29
A.Market Analysis III-29
Outlook III-29
Market Overview III-29
Retailers Play a Vital Role in Successful Adoption of Blu-
ray Technology III-29
Market Share Statistics: III-30
Table 16: EU Consumer Spending on Home Video Entertainment
(2011): Percentage Share Breakdown of Revenues by Category
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 17: European BD-Enabled Households (2011): Percentage
Share Breakdown of Volume Sales by Hardware Type (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 18: European Blu-ray Disc Market (2010): Average
Consumer Price of Retail Blu-Ray Disc for Select Country
(in Euros) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Table 19: European Blu-ray Disc Market (2010): Average
Consumer Price of Rental Blu-Ray Disc for Select Country
(in Euros) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31
Strategic Corporate Developments III-31
B.Market Analytics III-32
Table 20: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in
Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-32

Table 21: European 10-Year Perspective for Blu-Ray discs by
Geographic Region- Percentage Breakdown of Unit Sales for
France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets for
Years 2009, 2012 and 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-33

Table 22: European Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis
for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-34

Table 23: European 10-Year Perspective for Blu-Ray discs by
Geographic Region- Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for
France, Germany, Italy, UK and Rest of Europe Markets for
Years 2009, 2012 and 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-35

4a. FRANCE III-36
Market Analysis III-36
Table 24: French Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-36

Table 25: French Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-37

4b. GERMANY III-38
A.Market Analysis III-38
Market Overview III-38
B.Market Analytics III-39
Table 26: German Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figuresin Million
units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-39

Table 27: German Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-40

4c. ITALY III-41
Market Analysis III-41
Table 28: Italy Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 29: Italy Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-42

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM III-43
A.Market Analysis III-43
Table 30: UK Retail Video Market (2011): Percentage Share
Breakdown of Revenues by Video Format (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-43
B.Market Analytics III-44
Table 31: UK Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in Million
Units for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-44

Table 32: UK Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis for
Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$
Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes corresponding
Graph/Chart) III-45

4e. REST OF EUROPE III-46
A.Market Analysis III-46
Strategic Corporate Developments III-46
B.Market Analytics III-47
Table 33: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

Table 34: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

5. ASIA-PACIFIC III-49
A.Market Analysis III-49
Outlook III-49
Grey Market in India: A Cause for Concern III-49
B.Market Analytics III-49
Table 35: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49

Table 36: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-50

6. REST OF WORLD III-51
A.Market Analysis III-51
Outlook III-51
China: Market Overview III-51
Product Launches III-51
Strategic Corporate Developments III-53
Select Players III-53
B.Market Analytics III-55
Table 37: Rest of World Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in Million Units for Years 2009 through 2018
(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Table 38: Rest of World Recent Past, Current and Future
Analysis for Blu-Ray Discs Analyzed with Annual Sales
Figures in US$ Million for Years 2009 through 2018 (includes
corresponding Graph/Chart) III-56


IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 37 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries - 49)

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Region/Country Players
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The United States 15
Japan 12
Europe 11
France 1
Germany 4
The United Kingdom 4
Rest of Europe 2
Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) 9
Latin America 1
Middle East 1
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