Los Angeles – Total spending on at-home entertainment in the U.S. declined 1.4% in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time period last year, according to research by Digital Entertainment Group. Consumers spent $3.94 billion on at-home entertainment in second quarter 2013, compared to $4 billion in second quarter 2012.
Packaged goods spending, which includes both DVDs and Blu-ray discs, fell 13%. Spending on rentals excluding video on demand fell 10%. However, a 15% jump in Blu-ray disc spending during the first half of this year suggests slumping DVD sales were the primary driver of this decline.
Sales of digital entertainment surged during the quarter, further signifying the decline of the DVD. Spending on web-only content streaming services increased 35% while spending on subscription services for packaged content fell 19%. Digital sales, which include video on demand as well as web-delivered content, rose 22% to $1.51 billion during the quarter.