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DVD Player Sales Still Flying High

Experiencing yet another record-breaking quarter, an additional 1.18 million DVD-Video players were shipped to retail in the first quarter of the year, bringing the total units shipped in North America since the format’s launch to 6.7 million, according to figures compiled by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). DVD-Video experienced a 188% rate of growth in the first quarter of the year over last year’s figures. If growth continues at this rate, there could be as many as 11 million DVD-Video players shipped to retailers in North America by the end of the year. (http://www.cea.org)

MPEG Chip Revenue to Double

MPEG video chip revenue for both decoding and encoding circuits will double from $1 billion to $2 billion, with unit numbers climbing from 77 to 200 million from 1999 to 2004, according to Cahners In-Stat Group. In-Stat also reports that 40% of the MPEG chip revenue will come from MPEG-2 decoder solutions for set top boxes, and that new MPEG-4 products will cause MPEG-4 video chips to rise from almost zero percent of the market in 1999 to 4% in 2004. (http://www.instat.com)

DVD-Video Software Sales Soar

According to figures compiled by Ernst & Young on behalf of the DVD Entertainment Group, nearly 30 million DVD movies and music videos shipped in the first three months of 2000. This figure represents a 200% increase over the number of titles shipped in the same quarter last year. According to the DVD Entertainment Group, software shipments have reached more than 160 million units. As earlier predicted by the group, the industry is on target to double its 1999 sales by shipping at least 200 million DVD movies and music videos this year. The year’s total revenue is expected to reach $4 billion by the end of the year for retailers selling DVD-Video, approximately half the total revenue generated from the VHS sell-through. (http://www.dvdinformation.com)

CD-R drives sales of AUDIO separates

Sales of home audio separates grew by 7% over last February to revenues of $118 million, according to figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association. Spurring the growth were sales of CD-R products, whose strong introductory sales have helped to grow the total home CD equipment category by 30% over last February. In the year-to-date figures, home CD equipment revenues have reached $49 million, an increase of 17% over the same period last year; sales of CD-R products comprised about 20% of this figure. (http://www.cea.org)

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