Sales of Blu-Ray Players and Discs Are Increasing With The Help Of Online Streaming

Many have predicted the downfall of the physical media discs. But they just may have to hold off on those predictions; at least for a little while. And the reason for this just may have to do with the main cause of its “so-called” demise; streaming online content. According to a new report by NPD Group, sales of Blu-ray Disc Players are still rising. The NPD Group states there was a 9 percent increase in the number of household using a player in the first quarter of this year. And that 15 percent of U.S consumers admitted to using a player in the last 6 months prior to March, 2011.

There are many reasons for the increases in sales. The fact that manufacturers are always adding new features to players while still dropping prices is a big factor. And consumers are seeing the value of movie combos packs (various types of discs all in one package). Also, consumers are finally realizing the superior quality of blu-rays. Before many were content with the quality of DVDs, saying it was good enough. But as TV technology gets better, consumers know if they want to get the most value out of their HDTV, the only way is with a player. But the main reason could lie in the fact that 50 percent of consumers intending on purchasing a player in the near future, will do so because they want access to subscription video downloading services such as Netflix.

Of course, players are not the only way consumers can access Netflix and other streaming services. There is competition from Apple TV, Roku, Boxee Box and other devices. So why would consumers choose a Blu-ray Player? Mainly because consumers like getting more value for their money. For the same price as the online streaming boxes, you can get a player that has all the same online streaming.

Adding online streaming services to players seemed like a no-brainer. Manufacturers understood the appeal of online streaming media services. While the movies and TV shows from online streaming can not match the video and audio quality physical discs. Consumers like the convenience factor and a seemly unlimited supply of content that comes with online streaming. Instead of fighting this new trend, they quickly began to equip their players with tons of online streaming apps. And it soon became apparent that players were just as much about online streaming as they were about playing physical discs.

However, while the popularity of digital media is growing, blu-ray consumers seem to be deciding to purchase more discs for their players as well. NPD states in their report that Blu-ray sales are making up the loss of DVD customers. While sales of physical media discs are declining, the decline is being slowed down due to Blu-ray sales. Which keep increasing every year. So services like Netflix are actually helping sell more players as well as more discs.