- Total video hardware shipments down 4% in January to November 2014, compared with the corresponding period a year earlier
- BD hardware shipments remain stable at nearly 2.6 million units
- Shipment of DVD players/recorders down 17%
Japanese video hardware shipments between January and November 2014 fell 4.0% to just under 3.3 million compared with a year earlier according to IHS analysis of data from the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).
Japanese shipments of Blu-ray Disc (BD) hardware remained stable at nearly 2.6 million units between January and November 2014, compared with the corresponding period a year earlier. BD recorder shipments declined 3.2% to just over 2.0 million whilst standalone BD player shipments showed strong growth, up 16.6% to 536,000 units. This result outpaced expectations and as such IHS has revised its previous BD household figure upward from 22.5 million to 23.5 million by the end of 2014 (45.0% penetration of TV households).
Meanwhile, JEITA indicates the Japanese trade shipped 686,000 DVD players and/or recorders in the period from January to November 2014, down 16.6% compared with a year earlier. This result is in line with our full-year figure for 2014 and therefore IHS has made only minor adjustments. IHS forecast 17.6 million DVD households in Japan by the end of 2014 (33.7% penetration of TV households).