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U.S. Home Entertainment Spend Topped $25 Billion in 2019


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.

About Mansha Daswani

Mansha Daswani is the editor and associate publisher of World Screen. She can be reached on [email protected]


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