U.S. consumers spent more than $25 billion on home entertainment in 2019, including digital and physical sell-throughs and rentals, on-demand and streaming, an 8.4-percent gain on 2018.
The preliminary figures were released by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, a trade association, in its Year-End 2019 Digital Media Entertainment Report. The final numbers will be available in early February.
SVOD spend saw a significant jump of 23.7 percent to reach $16 billion in 2019. Electronic sell-through spending was up 5 percent in the year to $2.6 billion, while VOD revenues slipped by 6.2 percent to $2 billion. Total digital spending increased by 17.5 percent to $20.4 billion.
Total sell-through (electronic and packaged) fell by 18 percent in the year to $3.3 billion. Rentals were also down across the board (brick and mortar, subscription and rental), falling by 12.3 percent to $3.4 billion.
Top-performing TV titles included Yellowstone, Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Outlander and The Walking Dead.