I don’t understand. BenQ ODD’s are out, LiteON ODD’s out too.
Wait - do they mean recorders like the DD-A100GX, that use optical disks to record TV shows like VCR’s used to?
Or do they mean that they are no longer going to make PC DVD RW burners?
^Sounds like both to me.
But this makes no sense. Why buy BenQ at all then?
I don’t think this post is true :a
They say DVD Recorder - which leads me to believe it is their HOME ENTERTAINMENT recorders. The article says:
The case with Wal-Mart, Lite-On IT’s largest client for consumer DVD recorders, shows the difficulty to make money on consumer ODDs, Liao pointed out explaining Lite-On IT’s withdrawal from the global own-brand market. Sales of own-brand DVD recorders currently account for 5-6% of Lite-On IT’s total revenues, Liao indicated.
DVD Burners must account for MUCH more than 5-6% of their revenue, but I can see that their Home Entertainment Recorders could be in that 5-6% range.
DVD Recorders are one thing - DVD Burners another.
The essence is that only LiteOn standalone DVD Recorders are affected - optical disc drives for PCs are not affected.
Thanks Drage. I just got done emailing the folks at DIGITIMES to ask for a clarification.
This makes MUCH more sense.
Ohh, that makes sense now. What a relief…
It really annoys me sometimes what passes for “journalism”.
Can’t people take the time to write clear, accurate stories that don’t leave room for this kind of misunderstanding? I can hardly believe some of these dweebs actually get paid for doing this.
This quarter, Lite-On IT will continue amortizing losses from consumer ODDs, including those from returns of DVD recorders shipped through Wal-Mart, so the profitability will not significantly improve from last quarter, Liao noted.
This is the most interesting part of the story. Lite-On is losing money on sales of settop DVD recorders because of returns from Wal-Mart. The average consumer is buying these suckers, and then failing to get them to work.
I’m one of them. I bought one from Best Buy - the DD-A100GX - and took it back because it flat didn’t work right and had horrible AV input quality. Got a Panasonic DMR-ES15 instead and the thing works like a charm and has excellent AV input quality.
Yeah, the Lite-On was way easy to use, but the Panasonic is clearly a superior unit in terms of stability and quality.
Just spotted this …thanks Drage
You know, both me and my mum have been considering buying LiteOn DVD recorders. Ah well, if that idea goes belly-up, there’s always Philips
better be. damn why would ownage that is liteon get out now when they definately moved up
carefully removes noose from neck and steps down from rickety chair
Spoken like a true CDFreak!
Hahaha! I nearly joined you
Unfortunately, there are a lot of other news outlets that echo the DigiTimes. I heard about this here, so I decide to head to a more authoritative place (read: here :P) to verify if that was true. Oh well. Guess I’ll save my eulogy for another day.
I did get a clarification Email from Digitimes - that was cool.
They confirmed it was ONLY the Lite-On stand-alone DVD Players and Recorders made for home entertainment systems.
They also confirmed that the DVD Burner business is in no way effected.
Darn nice of them to reply.