Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Blu-ray, downloaded movie sales spike

updated 12:45 pm EDT, Thu July 16, 2009

Blu-ray Sales Climb 91pc

The Digital Entertainment Group today trumpeted a surge in newer video formats for the first half of the year. Although spending as a whole between January and June dropped 3.9 percent versus the early part of 2008, the industry agency says the amount of money spent buying Blu-ray movies jumped 91 percent to $407 million. Direct-download movies also helped offset problems with DVDs and climbed 21 percent to $968 million.

Rentals also climbed slightly, by 8.3 percent, but were again mostly helped by a 62 percent boost from those renting Blu-ray titles.

Either increase is particularly vital to the movie industry, which has had a difficult time steering viewers away from the more than ten years old DVD format. Blu-ray has been hurt both by its successful competition against HD DVD and the high costs of movies but has recently been helped by plummeting costs for both computer and dedicated movie drives, with some of the latter reaching below $200. Downloads have been helped by a wider selection as well as the rising popularity of services like iTunes and Netflix. Apple only just added mobile movie downloads from its store and is unlikely to have affected DEG's statistics, but Netflix is now available both on computers as well as LG and Samsung Blu-ray players, Roku's Internet Player, TiVo and the Xbox 360. [via Crave]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999

    0

    Blu-ray is the kicker!

    Blu-ray is fantastic.

    Can't wait for Criterion Collection to transfer their entire catalogue! Although CC has some of the best mastered DVDs you can get!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999

    -3

    Down With DRM!

    F__k the MPAA!

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones

When it comes to music on the go, consumers generally have some options to consider when looking for the best experience. While Blueto ...

Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite gaming keyboard

The market for gaming keyboards is getting crowded, starting off with some fairly simple keyboards and diverging into the land of modu ...

GX Gaming DeathTaker mouse

Gaming is a serious endeavor for many people, driving them to look for the best performance in their system and interface devices. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News