CE: A Bright Light in a Dim Economy
Most dealers welcome new Blu-ray products and prices. But given the rapid rise of movie downloads and up-converting standard DVD players, the technology may be planted in rocky soil. On the other hand, Blu-ray could conceivably supplant red laser DVD and extend the business opportunity in packaged media (Blu-Ray DVDs) far into the future. CEA forecasts show rapidly growing shipment volumes for home component Blu-Ray players this year but the triple-digit growth rates belie a limited market opportunity…for now.
Smartphones, Gaming, etc.
The Apple iPhone embodies increasing consumer enthusiasm and demand for smartphones as they secure a place as ‘must have’ devices. This year, smartphone shipments will approach the 40 million mark and contribute more than half of revenues in the handset category. The handset market is a major force in the CE industry and will add $23.5 billion to the industry’s bottom line this year, a 13-percent gain over 2007 revenues. If you’re not currently selling the handsets, now may be a good time to answer the smartphone’s call.