Digital video spend soars as screens get connected
7th January 2013: Figures published today by the British Video Association show a massive rise of 49% in viewers’ spend on digital video entertainment during 2012. With over 40 digital services available offering a range of options for consumers to download and stream video entertainment on connected devices, the digital market is now estimated by IHS Screen Digest to be worth £0.5 billion . Digital now accounts for almost 22% of the UK’s £2.3+ billion video entertainment market.
Today’s figures reflect the changing ways in which people now access and enjoy video entertainment and the growth of secondary screens. There are close to 7 million connectable devices in UK homes , with the growth in expenditure on tablets up 128% as 18% of British households now own at least one, according to GfK’s data. Figures published by the BVA in 2012 found that 64% of tablet owners had downloaded an entertainment app and 60% chose to watch video entertainment on their tablet rather than their PC. The research also found that 62% of smartphone owners had downloaded an app enabling them to watch entertainment.
Nevertheless, the video entertainment market is still dominated by the purchase and rental of DVD and Blu-ray Discs. Physical discs took over 78% of all 2012 consumer expenditure, accounting for more than £1.8 billion of the total £2.3 billion video market. The high definition Blu-ray format also showed growth; its value share of the 2012 Top 10 titles was 29% compared to 24% in 2011, over 20% higher.
Commenting on today’s figures, Lavinia Carey, Director General of the BVA said: “2012 saw the video entertainment market continue to evolve as the competition to win over digital consumers intensified. More people now have the knowhow, technology and services to get their video entertainment digitally; the significant rise in value reflects its increasing popularity. However, this doesn’t mean all users have stopped buying DVD or Blu-ray in favour of digital; many are buying both for different needs. In fact the Blu-ray format, which delivers the best possible high definition picture and surround sound experience, saw an 8.9% rise in volume sales and increasingly Blu-ray players are connected to jumbo-size wall-mounted TVs. Early figures indicate the UK video entertainment market was worth £2.317 billion in 2012, a great result in difficult economic circumstances, demonstrating people’s continuing love affair with great films, drama, comedy, music, sport and children’s programmes.”
2012 once again saw the release of some fantastic titles. Top Ten best sellers by volume on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the Official Video Chart for 2012 were:
1 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Home Video
2 The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Entertainment One
3 Avengers Assemble Walt Disney Studios
4 Ted Universal Pictures (UK)
5 War Horse Walt Disney Studios
6 Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows Warner Home Video
7 The Hunger Games Lionsgate
8 Mrs Brown's Boys - Series One Universal Pictures (UK)
9 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 20th Century Fox Home Ent
10 Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift 20th Century Fox Home Ent
Source: Official Charts Company/BVA. Titles in bold include box-sets.
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About the BVA
The British Video Association exists to champion video entertainment in all its forms, from packaged media such as DVD and Blu-ray Discs through to digital services available on demand, to rent or to own on portable devices and for home viewing.
The proliferation of content delivery channels, now with more than 40 digital video services, is constantly increasing consumer choice and the video industry releases around 7,000 titles a year, on which consumers spent over £2.317 billion in 2012. This compares with the revised figure for 2011 value of £2.361 billion, which includes evolving digital online services. Video is the single most valuable part of the audiovisual sector in terms of generating returns on investment for production.
The BVA’s members include film and television companies and independent labels who produce, license and distribute pre-recorded video entertainment, covering film, sport & fitness, music, TV, children’s and special interest programming. Its members account for some 90% of the sector.