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Consumers Want Web DVD Features

By Branko Miletic | Friday | 18/04/2008

According to a report from TDG, consumers are warming to the idea of having web-enabled features on their next DVD player, a good sign for technology vendors looking to sell truly interactive, customised media experiences to buyers.

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Michael Greeson, TDG President and author of the new report says, "The DVD player diffused very deeply, very quickly, much more so than other types of video platforms; It has proven not only "in demand" but impossible to resist."

It is this unique diffusion history, argues Greeson, which makes the DVD player especially suitable for introducing Internet functionality to the home TV and beyond. Competing platforms such as game consoles and PCs face significant challenges: game consoles are now experiencing a slowing of penetration growth and PCs are still widely viewed as too complex to use for a "living room" experience. The DVD platform, on the other hand, does not face these same challenges - it's seen as inexpensive, reliable, and very simple to use, notes Greeson.

"Vendors still haven't figured out that by adding Internet support and a few compelling web-enabled features into a mainstream living room platform like the DVD player will increase the uptake of media networking in general and particularly, TV-based Web video consumption.

Greeson does acknowledge that not just any web-enabled feature will fit the bill and that the appeal of different applications will vary by consumer segment and diffusion timeline. For example, 37 per cent of consumers are interested in having the ability to see updated movie previews or trailers (a benefit of the DVD player having access to a host of complimentary video stored on the web). On the other hand, new media communication features such as simultaneous IM or chat during DVD viewing was of interest to only 13 per cent of consumers.



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