DEG RELEASES FIRST QUARTER HOME ENTERTAINMENT RESULTS
Tremendous Gain of Blu-ray and Digital Downloads Offsets DVD Decline
The Home Entertainment Window’s Net Contribution to the Studios
LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2009) – DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group released first quarter U.S. sales figures for the home entertainment industry today. Consumer spending for the first quarter 2009 in the home entertainment window for pre-recorded entertainment, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital distribution, was $5.3 billion, off by five percent compared to the same period last year. The home entertainment window’s net contribution to the studios was down less than four percent for the quarter.
The DEG compiles quarterly sales data for various products within the home entertainment category, including Blu-ray, DVD and HDTV. The industry association compiles its data based on input from member companies, retailers and industry association tracking sources.
In an environment where the U.S. Department of Commerce reported a downturn in all retail and food services businesses of 9.4 percent for March 2009 over March 2008, the home entertainment window remains quite stable, down less than four percent over the course of the entire year from first quarter 2008 to first quarter 2009.“When considering that this all has been achieved in the worst recession ever, it is clear that home entertainment’s stability is fueled by Blu-ray’s popularity,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, DEG and President, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. “Blu-ray’s tremendous performance can be attributed to its unsurpassed picture and sound quality. Moreover, we remain confident that demand for Blu-ray will continue to grow given that it is a revolutionary platform.”
BLU-RAY DISC SALES
BLU-RAY DISC SOFTWARE SHIPMENTS IN U.S. & CANADA (in millions)
*Figures compiled by Swicker & Associates on behalf of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
HDTV SALES EXPERIENCE MORE GROWTH
DVD TITLE SHIPMENTS FOR FIRST QUARTER
DVD-VIDEO SOFTWARE SHIPMENTS IN U.S. & CANADA (in millions)
Figures compiled by Swicker & Associates on behalf of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
DVD U.S. HOUSEHOLDS TOPS 92 MILLION
Since launch in spring 1997, some 258 million DVD players, including set-top and portable DVD players, Home-Theater-in-a-Box systems, TV/DVD and DVD/VCR combination players, have sold to consumers, bringing the number of DVD households to approximately 92 million (adjusting for households with more than one player). The DEG estimates that some 64 percent of DVD owners have more than one player.
DVD HARDWARE SALES IN U.S. (in millions)
*Includes set-top and portable DVD players, Home Theater-in-Box systems, TV/DVD and DVD/VCR combination players
DEG: Digital Entertainment Group
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is a Los Angeles-based, industry-funded nonprofit corporation that advocates and promotes the many benefits associated with physical and digital entertainment while providing updated information to both the media and the retail trade. The DEG offers a forum for member companies to engage in ongoing discussions concerning various opportunities, which relate to other new digital technologies, the environment and other emerging topics. The DEG can be reached at 310-888-2201, via email at email@example.com or through its Web site at www.degonline.org.
The DEG membership is comprised of 3ality Digital, AGI Media, AGI Polymatrix, Anchor Bay Entertainment, Arvato Digital Services, Ascent Media/Blink Digital, Bertelsmann Direct North America, Blockbuster, Capgemini, CinemaNow, Cinram, Cryptography Research, D&M Holdings, Deloitte, Deluxe Digital, Digeo, DivX, Dolby Laboratories, DTS Entertainment, DV&A, HBO Home Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Ingram Entertainment, JVC Company of America, JVC Disc America, LG Electronics, Lionsgate, Macrovision, Media Control GfK, Memory-Tech, Meridian, MGM Home Entertainment, Microsoft, MOD Systems, Monster Cable, Netflix, Nielsen Entertainment, NPD Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics, Panasonic North America, PaperFoam, Paramount Home Entertainment, Philips Electronics, Pioneer Electronics (USA), RCDB, Redbox, ScreenPlay, Sharp Electronics, Sonic Solutions, Sony DADC, Sony Electronics, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Summit Entertainment, Technicolor, Teradata, THX, Toshiba America Consumer Products, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Operations Group, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video and Wynalda Litho.