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As we cruise closer to November and December, these may not be the happiest of holidays for the home entertainment industry. According to the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), consumer spending on home entertainment through September 30 was off about 4% from 2009.

Disc purchases of DVDs and BDs have dropped 8% in the first three quarters of the year, and rentals have dropped more than 4%. The only bright spot is digital distribution, which has risen 23% in the last quarter alone.

All may not be lost, however, according to DEG president Ron Sanders:

“While we continue to encounter tough market conditions, there are a number of positive trends emerging, particularly in some of the industry’s key growth areas . . . Blu-ray continues to show strong growth in every category, new release packaged media sellthrough is up, and digital distribution is gaining significant momentum as we move into the fourth quarter.”

Insiders, how does your media consumption compare to the same time last year? Do you plan on spending more, less or about the same on home entertainment in the coming months? Will any DVDS or Blu-rays be stuffing your stockings this year? Check out the comments and let us know your plans.

(via Home Media Magazine)

9 Responses to “Q4 2010 to Be Rough for Home Entertainment?”

  1. Member [Join Now]

    My media spending is down and probably will remain so for Christmas, mainly because I haven’t seen a lot of stuff that I want. Money’s tight this year, but money was tight last year, too.
    The blu-ray of Grindhouse with all the fake trailers on it might be on my Christmas list (I’d rather somebody else pay for it and give it to me.)

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    JBG [visitor]

    The home entertainment industry should consider themselves lucky that spending on home entertainment fell only 4%. Yes, those are hard times for the economy but no harder than last year, so that’s just another sign that they can chose to ignore and keep trying to force the consumer to embrace their new money-making schemes, rather then produce better content.

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    Jack [visitor]

    Why would I want to buy into blu ray just to have the vendor (samsung for instance) shove a firmware update down my throat that then renders the player unable to play 1/2 my library? Is that firmware fiasco fixed yet? It seems like it’s been at least a month since I started hearing about that.

    How does someone then fix the problem? Send the unit back to the factory? It looks like that’s what most are being told. That’s a bunch of crap if you ask me. Is it so hard to design a player that will reset to the original firmware in case of a problem?

    If it wasn’t for all the aacs garbage updates a lot of these problems wouldn’t exist.

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    Arnold [visitor]

    What I’ve noticed is that the retailers themselves seem to be cutting back. My main source of DVD’s is a neighborhood Target store, and they’ve been steadily cutting back. This is particularly true of television boxed sets (which are the kind of thing which can make a quick gift item), but their selection is drastically down. I suppose they have information that leads them to believe they aren’t going to sell, but they really aren’t going to sell if they don’t have them in stock.

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    Barnes & Noble has tons of TV box sets, but they sell them at suggested retail prices, which is way above what I’m going to pay for them. Wal-Mart seems to be jumping on the TV on DVD bandwagon full-scale as well.

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    Jo Anne [visitor]

    I’m not buying CDs or DVDs any more–sick of replacing my library just in time to discover everything has become the 8-track of the 21st century. I wish everything would go digital and when I want to watch or listen to something, I just go online and download it.

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    Red Rover [visitor]

    I will continue to spend what I did last year. $0.00. So dont blame me for the downtrend, ha, ha.

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    LKK [visitor]

    It’s way low on the priority list — when you factor in the Wii or Playstation games that a whole family can enjoy..what’s the point of a movie that will be on a premium cable channel repeatedly until you are sick of it. Other than a few boxed series sets of 80 and 90 sitcom classics I invested in a cheapie DVD recorder and just record what I want. I agree with the poster who said what’s the point of purchasing it when it will just end up the 8 track of this century or decade. Plus the quality of stuff being produced barely cuts it for the theater ticket price, let alone DVD of it.

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    Marketing Quickies 3 [visitor]

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