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Pioneer To Enter Blu-ray Recorder Market

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:27 pm
by Ian
I wonder if these are just going to be Sharp rebadges or if the Pioneer models will have some unique features. ... 5820080708

Japanese consumer electronics maker Pioneer Corp said on Tuesday it plans to launch Blu-ray DVD recorders by the end of the year, taking aim at a rapidly growing market after the end of a bitter format battle.

Pioneer is developing Blu-ray recorders with help from Sharp Corp, Pioneer's top shareholder with a 14 percent stake. Sharp already offers Blu-ray recorders.

Pioneer plans to start selling Blu-ray recorders in Japan before the year-end shopping season, followed by overseas launches.

The selling price and unit sales target have yet to be set, a Pioneer spokesman said.

Re: Pioneer To Enter Blu-ray Recorder Market

PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:28 pm
by Ian
Hmm.. this says it won't launch until March 2009 and that Pioneer hasn't made any overseas launch plans. ... QD91PKT100

Pioneer Corp. will start selling Blu-ray disc recorders in Japan sometime before March 2009, the company said Tuesday, the latest in a string of Japanese electronics makers entering the increasingly competitive sector.

Pioneer spokeswoman Kayoko Tanaka said the decision to enter the domestic Blu-ray market anticipated burgeoning Japanese demand for products in the next-generation video format. No decision has been made on overseas sales plans, she said.

Pioneer will develop Blu-ray DVD recorders with partner Sharp and sell them under the Pioneer brand targeting high-end consumers, Japan's top business daily The Nikkei reported earlier Tuesday. Tanaka declined comment on the details of the report.