Hollywood’s homevideo industry saw sales rise 5% during the first three months of the year, as consumers bought more Blu-rays.
DVD and Blu-ray disc sales, rentals, digital downloads and subscriptions to streaming services generated $4.7 billion for the biz, according to research released by the Digital Entertainment Group.
Big sellers during the period included Sony’s James Bond actioner “Skyfall” and Disney’s toon “Wreck-It-Ralph.” New titles grew 12% during the quarter.
Studios see the uptick in sales as a signal that the industry is stabilizing after watching revenue from DVD, once the industry’s cash cow, decline over the past several years. Overall industry was flat last year with 2011 at $18 billion.
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