Recordable Blu-ray demand to soar

Kyodo

Domestic demand for recordable Blu-ray discs in fiscal 2014 is expected to increase to 328 million, almost 1.8 times the figure for fiscal 2011, an industry body said Wednesday.

The brisk demand reflects the growing popularity of Blu-ray recorders and TVs with built-in recorders, along with the switch to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting from analog transmissions, according to the Japan Recording-Media Industries Association.

In fiscal 2011, which ends March 31, the association expects demand to hit 182 million discs, up 75 percent from a year earlier. It projects 243 million in fiscal 2012 and 296 million in fiscal 2013.

On the other hand, the association predicts domestic demand for recordable DVDs will shrink to 371 million discs in fiscal 2014, down 34 percent from the estimated 560 million discs in fiscal 2011.