Sales of consumer electronics devices that plug into the Internet will blossom over the coming years, pushing annual sales to more than 100 million units by 2013, according to new data from Parks Associates. CE Pro News notes that 57 million such units are projected to be sold in 2009.
To illustrate the growth, Parks put together this chart that we hope you don’t find too complex:
All snark aside, this is definitely a trend we’ve been watching unfold for some time. Connecting a TV, set-top box, Blu-ray player or game console to the Internet to access photos, widgets, and online video like Hulu and YouTube is par for the course anymore.
Dovetailing nicely with this new data is word from the NPD Group that more than 400,000 standalone Blu-ray units were sold in the first quarter of this year. That represents a 72 percent increase over the same time last year. It doesn’t hurt that the average price for a Blu-ray player dropped to $261 in the first quarter of 2009 vs. $393 in the same period of 2008. And with Chinese manufacturers poised to hit the market, $99 Blu-ray players could be here this holiday season.
Our very own Liane Cassavoy jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon recently and loves it.