Besides DVD and Blu-ray players, sales of UHD Blu-ray players in the US are in decline, according to the CTA and reported by HD Guru. UHD Blu-ray player sales peaked in 2017.
Peaked in 2017
It comes as no surprise that sales of ageing DVD and Blu-ray players have been in decline for some time but it may surprise you to hear that sales of UHD Blu-ray players declined in both 2018 and 2019 (estimate) after having peaked at just 884,000 units in the US in 2017.
That is according to official US sales data from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) who predicts that sales will decline further in 2020. CTA says that the US is the region with the highest share of UHD Blu-ray sales so other markets are unlikely to fare much better.
The total US market for disc players has fallen dramatically from a little over 15 million units in 2015 to a little under 5.9 million units in 2019.
No new UHD Blu-ray announced in 2020
So far in 2020, no manufacturers have announced new UHD Blu-ray players. New players are usually announced either at CES in January or during launch events in the weeks after.
Also read: What was missing from CES 2020: UHD Blu-ray players
LG, Panasonic and Sony tell FlatpanelsHD that their current line-up of players will carry over into 2020. At this time, the three manufacturers remain committed to the disc format.
Oppo quit the Blu-ray market in 2018 and Samsung announced its exit in early 2019.
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Game consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are not included in the numbers. Xbox One S and One X already feature an UHD Blu-ray drive and both next-generation consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) will offer support for UHD Blu-ray. The launch of new game consoles could help give the UHD Blu-ray format a boost.
- Source: HD Guru, CTA