Blu-ray adoption faster than DVD

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The market leader for optical disc production lines,Singulus, has announced that it has increased its forecast for order intakethis year after its Q1 results were above expectations.

The company revealed that 21 of its Blu-ray production linemachines were ordered in the first quarter of the financial year.

On its website the company says that: "Since the end of theformat dispute in early January 2008, and with the strategic acquisition of theBlu-ray Disc systems business of Oerlikon, Singulus’ position in the Blu-rayDisc [market] continues to improve."

Lots of supply, not much demand

Stefan A Baustert, CEO of Singulus Technologies AG had thisto say about the results: "This means that orders for Blu-ray in the first yearof dual-layer technology has by far exceeded what we did at the start of DVD 11years ago with 17 machines."

The news comes after some disappointing results at theconsumer end of the market, where a survey by entertainment industry analysisgroup NPD found that just 9 per cent of HDTV owners were thinking aboutadopting the Blu-ray format.



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