RE: DVD Info

Allen, Scott - Library (allens@nexus.mwsu.edu)
Tue, 22 Aug 2000 12:10:12 -0700 (PDT)

Here are some current statistics on recent DVD and Video sales. There are
considerably more than 3 million dvd players out in the world.

According to VideoScan's First Alert Reporting Retailers, for the week
ending Aug. 13, 2000, DVD title sales were 783,000, only 3,000 down from
last week's total of 786,000. Year-to-date DVD title sales have reached
24,702,000.

According to statistics from the Consumer Electronics Association, for the
week ending Aug.11, 2000, DVD player weekly sales were 110,046, a
tremendous 242.2 percent increase. Month-to-date sales are 242,353, a
235.9 percent increase over 1999 sales. Year-to-date sales are 3,480,745, a
106.7 percent increase over 1999 sales.

VCR sales for the week were 375,704, a 27.9 percent increase over 1999 sales.
Month-to-date sales were 765,610, a 60.3 percent increase over 1999 sales
and year-to-date
sales are 12,574,174, a mere 7.6 percent increase over 1999 sales.

Projection TV sales for the week were 20,315, a 12.4 percent increase over
1999 sales.
Month-to-date sales are 35,715, a 9.4 percent increase over 1999 sales and
year-to-date sales are 713,393, a 20.4 percent increase over 1999 sales.

>> ..one could, of course, make the case that availability, easy access, (and
>> fervent publicity) fire demand...not the other way around. I've always
>> been a big fan of building the field of dreams, and then standing by with
>> bountiful popcorn and peanuts...
>
>A few weeks ago it was a announced that sales of DVD players had reached the
>3 million mark.
>That's about the population size of my home city of Toronto -- a relatively
>small fraction of the rest of the continent (let alone the world). So what
>is the rest of the population suppose to do when libraries choose to serve
>the minority instead of the majority?

Scott Allen allens@nexus.mwsu.edu
Media Librarian "Trying to stay afloat
Midwestern State University in the seas of technology"