DVD player sales slow as downloads increase

May 4, 2010

Figures have been released showing that sales of DVD players have fallen to their lowest point in seven years.

This is such a concern that industry experts are predicting that it could be the beginning of the end for the equipment.

The fall in DVD player sales is being put down to the increase in downloads which means there is no need for the consumer to keep a hard copy of their favourite movie.

It was back in 2007 when DVD player sales were at their peak in the UK, with 7.3 million DVD players and recorders being sold.

Last year the figure was just 5.7 million and if this trend continues it is estimated that around 4.5 million will be sold in 2014.


Comments in chronological order (6 comments)

  1. Kirk says:

    Surely this is down to the rise in Blu Ray popularity and sales? Wasn’t Blu Ray supposed to replace DVD? If you check the related news it says Blu-Ray player sales on the increase…

  2. Spock says:

    This can’t be a surprise, but I do believe that connecting dvd player sales slowing down to downloads increasing is wrong.

    Everyone has a DVD player these days, usually more. New TV’s come with one, all laptops and PC’s come with one, the biggest majority of gaming consoles have come with one and Blu-Ray is on the rise and those players also play DVDs.

  3. Gareth says:

    Surely it’s because 95% of people already own one for every tv they have? Unless they change the product in some way, it’s obviously going to run its natural cycle and level off.

  4. David w says:

    DVD players are cheap to buy. Ive seen one as low as 6.99 u.k. Blu Ray offers a lot for its money but, People wont change as fast as there did over DVD when that came out. Blu Ray will not catch up to DVD sales until around 2020, And at this time not everyone will have one. Downloads on the other hand are grate, No Packaging, No mess, No shops, No over heads, No 2 for 1 deals, Just click & watch. Simple

  5. Egg says:

    How are people so suprised when sales of a product begin to slow. Once there reaches a peak where everyone who wants one has one, of course it will slow. And the new mediums being released affects the sales.

  6. Davebg says:

    What downloads are we talking? If it’s illegal, fair enough. If it’s legal downloads then I don’t know what everyone is smoking. Legal downloads in the US are a fraction of even Blu-Ray sales, never mind DVD, and it’s not like they’re growing rapidly either, it’s like 30% a year. Estimates say legal downloads wont hit $1 billion until about 2015, Blu-Ray here was $1.5 billion last year and DVD $15 billion. I can’t imagine the UK is further ahead in adoption than the USA.

    “Downloads on the other hand are grate, No Packaging, No mess, No shops, No over heads, No 2 for 1 deals, Just click & watch. Simple”

    Expensive, slow, poor quality, incompatible across devices/services, not transportable, no used market… do I need to go on?

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