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Digital delivery of video content is on the rise nowadays as multiple companies offer such services worldwide. Nonetheless, the majority of consumers in the U.S. still prefer to watch movies on Blu-ray discs (BDs) or DVDs. With that said, it is not surprising that sales of BD media set another record in December, 2013.

In a recent survey of American consumers, Gallup found out that 80% of the U.S. residents owned a Blu-ray or a DVD player, around the same share as back in 2005, which means that players are not losing their popularity. By contrast, only 39% of respondents were subscribed to such streaming services as Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix or Roku. Keeping in mind that digital delivery requires high-speed Internet connection, not all consumers will use it.

Sales of Blu-ray disc movies continue to grow, yet rather slowly. According to data compiled by Home Media Research, Blu-ray disc sales in December 2013 amounted to circa $416 million, up from the $404 million of Blu-ray sales in December 2012, reports Home Media Magazine. Average weekly Blu-ray sales in the 2013 holiday season (from Black Friday to the end of the year) totaled $107 million, compared with $96 million in 2012.

What is a bit surprising is that on its seventh year Blu-ray still does not lead packaged media sales when it comes to market share. Blu-ray accounted for 30.5% of packaged-media revenue in 2013 and 20.3% of unit sales, up from 26.6% and 17.7%, respectively, in 2012.

Tags: Blu-ray, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Roku

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Nice Bond collection there.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/16/14 07:58:58 AM]
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This is a press shot of Bond 50 with Skyfall. I got one in 2012 without Skyfall, so, mine is not that beautiful
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 01/16/14 01:42:08 PM]
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It's better to pay cash for a disc of porn in the redlight district rather than have Amex and the NSA log you as a sexual deviant.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/16/14 08:14:03 AM]
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I'm not surprised at all. DVDs and Blu-ray discs give people the feeling of ownership over their movies while digital downloads and streamed content do not. Factor in low prices for the set-top players and it makes even more sense.
1 0 [Posted by: ddg4005  | Date: 01/16/14 12:12:55 PM]
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Well, the quality of movies distributed on BDs should be much higher than the quality of streamed movies. Maximum BD bitrate is 54Mb/s for video + audio. I am not sure streaming services offer anything like this.
2 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 01/16/14 01:47:32 PM]
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This.
Plus I love the top BD movies, like LOTR extended collection, having more than 10 soundtracks with various commentaries. Plus the artwork and the little book inside are priceless :D
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/17/14 03:18:57 AM]
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The rest of the world doesn't trust the USA now and would rather buy a hard copy than use USA based servers etc.
2 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/16/14 07:50:50 PM]
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Streaming of the picture does not equal the quality of the actual disk on hand even with a fast connection.
1 0 [Posted by: USAFANG67  | Date: 01/17/14 05:06:12 AM]
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They might sell more BD's if they stopped including the fbi warnings etc that treat all genuine owners as if they were criminals

For this very reason I NEVER use my BD player anymore, every BD that I own/watch gets ripped to HDD using makemkv/AnyDVD HD for instant viewing WITHOUT the bloatware/fbi warnings
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