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Just because it appears people are caring less and less about physical media, it doesn't mean the equipment used to play them will just sit there idly collecting dust.

According to a reent report from research firm NPD, a healthy 80 percent of Internet connected Blu-ray players are being used to also stream media.  This compares with the 69 percent of connected TV owners who do the same, and the 64 percent of console game users.

Russ Crupnick, SVP of industry analysis for The NPD Group  said of the trends, "The growing installed base of Web-connected devices is already having implications for how consumers discover, consume and acquire entertainment content, and for how providers and retailers need to promote entertainment content to consumers."  He went on to add, "Once primarily the domain of tech-savvy young male early adopters, downloading entertainment content to tablets, TVs and game consoles is now much more common among regular American moms, dads — and their kids, too."

"The evolution of entertainment content acquisition has obviously been driven by wild growth in, and availability of, Web-connected devices now commonly seen both inside and outside of the home," said Mr. Crupnick. "The once-ubiquitous desktop computer has given way to connected televisions, Blu-ray players, notebook computers, tablets and smartphones, which have enjoyed tremendous growth in the past two years."

What is intriguing here, but not covered, is if the Blu-ray owners are still playing discs with their devices or merely using them like giant streaming media boxes.  This is to say, should the Blu-ray player die, would they replace it with another device capable of playing Blu-ray discs, or would they just move on to something like the Roku?

Times are definitely changing in the world of home entertainment.

[via Home Media Magazine]