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Challenges ahead for personal media players

Posted: 30 Dec 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:personal media player  TV  PMP market  multi-function 

As PMP video storage capacity grows from several hours today to several hundred hours in the future, the ability to play back movie collections on multiple monitors will expand PMP use from the gym and the car into the family room.

As high definition (HD) content availability increases, the ability to store more data, whether through greater physical storage or through the shrinking of file size via improved compression, becomes vital to the PMP's future growth. And DTC expects the PMP evolution to rise to the occasion. Evident in larger screen sizes and better video resolution, the PMP is poised to remain a staple for many years to come.

While DTC recognises that convergence and advances in the portability of Internet video content are certifiable trends, we do not believe that the stand-alone PMP market has to worry about suffering any vital blows to unit shipments in the foreseeable future.

Despite the competition that the PMP is facing, DTC forecasts the continued growth of the market over the next four years, going from nearly 6 crore in 2007 to 10.7 crore in 2011—driven largely by the continuous decline in the incremental cost to add video capability to MP3 players. Even with the market approaching full saturation in the 2012–2013 timeframe and experiencing slight annual declines thereafter, the future of the PMP is fortified.

-Maya Jasmin
Digital Tech Consulting

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