|DVD Still Dominant Over Blu-ray and Downloads|
|Home Theater News DVD Hardware-Software News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 13 May 2009|
The report shows that 18% of spending is on Blu-Ray rentals and 7% on purchases, 9% is spent on video on demand services and 3% is spent on digital downloads. This report did not look at free digital streaming sites, such as Hulu.com, which might have altered the results. About 9% of consumers did report accessing paid streaming sites, compared to 5% last year.
While DVD continues to reign in the majority of sales, it's falling behind rapidly in technical capabilities. This week, Warner announced a social networking function being included in their upcoming Blu-ray Watchmen release. Connecting over BD-Live, the disc will allow users to link up their Facebook friends list and choose a group of friends to simultaneously watch the movie while making comments. The Watchmen release will also receive a same-day digital download launch on the day that physical copies are released.