Sales and rentals generate $18 billion
DEG said, up from 19% in 2011. Since its launch in October 2011, UltraViolet now has 9 million registered users, with adoption of the digital locker service expected to help convert more consumers from renters to buyers as they use it to store their purchases and access them using various consumer electronics devices. There are now more than 8,500 titles supported by UltraViolet from nine content providers. All of the major studios except Disney support UV. Overall, homevid generated $18 billion in consumer sales, topping the mark for the 11th consecutive year, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, which released the year-end results Tuesday from the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Numbers were flat with 2011. Among some notable results in the DEG report: — Sales of titles, including digital, declined 2.9% during the year to earn $9.3 billion. — The overall rental market, including VOD, was off by 6% to $6.4 billion. — Brick-and-mortar rentals were down a staggering 24% to earn $1.2 billion, as retailers like Blockbuster continue to shutter stores. — Kiosk rentals rose 16% to earn $1.9 billion during the year. — And increased use of subscription-based streaming and DVD-by-mail services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, however, saw the category grow 7.5% during the year to earn $3.6 billion, a significant sign that consumers are still looking to rent entertainment, and shows just why the studios are carefully evaluating their distribution deals and windowed releases with those companies. Although it didn’t reveal specific sales figures, the DEG also listed “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I,” “Brave,” “Ted,” “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and “Puss in Boots” as the year’s top selling home entertainment titles. Sony was the only major without a film in the top 10. Industry org also announced that there are now 51 million U.S. homes with Blu-ray compatible players, including videogame consoles like the PlayStation 3, with that number increasing 7% in 2012. And 39 million HDTVs were purchased in 2012, increasing the number of the sets in U.S. homes to 108.4 million.