Surprisingly for the digital titanium Samsung has not launched any new Blu-ray or Extremely HD Blu-ray gamers for the US market since 2017. And now, in 2019, the event of Blu-ray gamers appears to be fully set. The corporate has just lately confirmed that no new Blu-ray gamers ought to hit the market.
Movie gross sales on bodily media have been declining for years as streaming companies achieve market share. Of specific concern is the truth that gross sales of Extremely HD Blu-ray discs are lagging far behind the sale of Blu-ray and DVD films. In truth, DVD, whereas technically out of date, remains to be the most well-liked format, in accordance with a report by [NPD VideoScan] MediaPlayNews . Within the week ending February 9, DVD reached 55.2% of gross sales, Blu-ray 39.eight%, whereas Extremely HD Blu-ray solely had a share of 5%. Nonetheless, whether or not that is fully consumer-oriented is up for debate; Some imagine that the lion's share of DVDs are purchased by disc lending companies.
Presumably because of the low reputation of Extremely HD Blu-ray discs amongst shoppers, Samsung has withdrawn its plans to launch new Blu-ray gamers. Particularly, the corporate has confirmed that there are not any plans to launch new UHD BD gamers within the US. Nonetheless, they didn’t proceed in different markets. Contemplating that the US is the most important client electronics market, the discontinuation of the product class right here signifies that it could be fairly stunning if it persists in different markets.
Apart from Samsung, Oppo has just lately additionally pulled the plug on its Blu-ray gamers. In an odd transfer from the studios, some high-profile movies, together with The Favourite, Stan & Ollie and Holmes And Watson, are additionally not launched on UHD media.
Samsung will exit the marketplace for Blu-ray gamers, however there are a selection of different producers that can proceed to supply gamers like Sony and Panasonic. Each firms introduced their new decks at CES 2019 so it doesn’t seem that they’re about to reverse this product class. Within the meantime, market researchers forecast that gross sales of Blu-ray gamers will decline from 72.1 million in 2017 to 68.zero million in 2023.