On the software side, market forecasts for 1998-2000 are that DVD Video disk sales will hit almost 15 million in the year 2000 from an estimated 1.4 million in 1998.
The survey also estimated that the major Hollywood film studios and other international distributors had released 135 different movies and music videos on DVD across Europe by Christmas 1998. A further 250 titles are estumated to have been released by 30 or more leading home-grown video publishers, making a total of about 400 titles available on the format in European stores.
The report also highlights a number of issues to address, such as the comparatively low consumer awareness of DVD, the disparity in pricing between DVD players and the still relatively limited choice of software.
Copyright December 1998, Crain Communications Inc.