Consumer spending on DVD and Blu-ray Discs in the United States declined 19.8% to an estimated $1.58 billion, from $1.97 billion in 2021, but spending on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles was up 20% in the same period, according data released by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG).

As reported by MediaPlay News Tuesday, the multi-industry DEG said the UHD Blu-ray format benefited from a surge in big theatrical new releases in the first three quarters of the year.

Top selling disc-based titles during the year included The Batman, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Jurassic World: Dominion, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Top Gun: Maverick.

The group added that disc rentals also dropped 16.7% to $502.4 million, from $602.7 million the prior year.

According to the data from 2022, U.S. consumer spending on home entertainment in general rose 11.4% from the prior year to a record $36.6 billion. This was led by growth in subscription video-on-demand (SVOD).

Spending on subscription streaming climbed 17.3% to $30.3 billion from $25.8 billion in 2021, and streaming accounted for more than 82% of total spending in 2022.

The DEG said spending in all other segments declined during the year except digital transactional sales, which grew 1.7% to $2.51 billion from $2.47 billion in 2021. Within this, theatrical content grew 11% from a year ago, as spending on TV content declined 13%.

Digital transactional rentals declined 14.1% to $1.68 billion in 2022, from $1.95 billion YoY.

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In the Q4-2022, the DEG reported total consumer spending on home entertainment rose 8.3% to $9.5 billion.

Subscription streaming revenue rose 15.4% to $7.9 billion in the final quarter of 2022.

Digital transactional sales for the fourth quarter dropped 7.1% to $666.3 million from $717.3 million in the same quarter of 2021.

Following three quaters of growth, Q4 saw digital purchases of theatrical content drop 16%, largely the result of a release of mostly smaller box office titles, the DEG said.

Physical media sales fell 28% in the fourth quarter of 2022 to $428.1 million from $594.8 million in the same quarter of 2021.

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By Greg Tarr

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