Taiwan-based optical-drive makers predict that entry-level DVD recorder prices will drop 20 –30 per cent by the end of year.

Manufacturers told DigiTimes that plans to launch 8x DVD recorders with built-in HDDs in the second half of this year has already caused decreased pricing on 4x DVD recorders, as companies clear stock.

They suggested that the situation would eventually push down prices for entry-level DVD recorders.

According to the DigiTimes source: "Global demand for DVD recorders is expected to rise to 13-15 million units this year, from 4.5-5 million in 2003, due to price drops and the Olympic Games in Athens."