Complete Coverage: CES 2016
Total spending on home entertainment—a large category including physical discs, downloads and SVOD—ticked up 1% in 2015 to reach $18.1 billion, according to an annual report issued today by the Digital Entertainment Group.
Released as CES kicks off in Las Vegas, the report shows a continued free-fall for DVD and Blu-ray discs, with packaged goods revenue slumping 12% to $6.1 billion. But overall electronic sell-through, or EST, sales soared 18% to hit $1.9 billion and SVOD jumped 25% to $5.1 billion. And even within the beleaguered physical disc category, Blu-ray disc sales rose 8% in the fourth quarter, corresponding with strength in movie box office receipts. “The strength of the premium experience bodes well for the introduction of Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016,” the report asserted.
UltraViolet, the digital content system endorsed by the DEG, a consortium of several dozen studios and independent distributors and retailers, showed growth in 2015. The number of accounts grew nearly 20% to exceed 20%.
In other DEG statistics directly relevant to the vast halls of CES:
· HDTV penetration is now at more than 114 million U.S. households.
· All Blu-ray playback devices (including set-tops and game consoles) are at 104 million U.S. households.
· Consumer sales of 4K UHD TVs shot up 287% in the fourth quarter, with overall penetration reaching more than five million U.S. households.
The television industry's top news stories, analysis and blogs of the day.
Thank you for signing up to Broadcasting & Cable. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.