Annual Industry Report

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EMA’s 2017 D2 Report: Discs & Digital – The Business of Home Entertainment Retailing is now available. The annual publication provides an overview of the home video and video game industries from 2016 through the first quarter of 2017.  Data includes sell-through and rental revenue from physical and digital formats, an overview of devices used to access entertainment content, retailing trends, consumer behavior and projections for growth and change over the next five years.

This Report highlights that for filmed entertainment, digital spending surpassed physical for the first time in 2016, capturing 51% of the $18.28 billion in revenue.

Consumers spent $24.5 billion on game software content in 2016 which included physical packaged goods, mobile games, downloadable content, subscriptions, and other revenue streams.

Other findings include:

  • 16 million households have a 4K Ultra HD TV. 4K UHD TVs are being adopted at a faster rate than the earlier HDTVs, with sales of 4K UHD TVs growing 105 percent in 2016 over 2015. 
  • 75% of broadband households use at least one device to connect their television to the Internet.
  • The vast majority of movie purchasers buy them as discs.  Eighty-four percent said they do not buy digital video content.
  • 72% of broadband households subscribe to an SVOD Service.  
  • 48% of US households in 2016 owned a dedicated game console.
  • Nintendo’s new Switch console sold 2.74 million units worldwide in its first month of release, making it the fastest launch month in the company’s history.
  • 78% of gamers use some type of phone or mobile device for gaming.  
  • 665 million people watch gaming video content (GVC) worldwide

The Report aggregates data from leading industry analysts in the home video and video game markets.  Some of the organizations and companies contributing data to the Report include: Consumer Technology Association, comScore,  DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, Deloitte, Home Media Magazine, IHS Markit Technology, SNL Kagan, Frank N. Magid Associates, The Nielsen Company, The NPD Group, Parks Associates, Pew Research Center, Screen Engine/ASI, and SuperData Research.


The report is free and sent to EMA members.

Non-members may purchase the Report for $135.00.

The Report is available in print and PDF formats.

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