RE: NewsScan: DVD stats

Mike Tribby (
Thu, 18 Jul 2002 06:21:35 -0700 (PDT)

To state the obvious:

These figures are for total sales, not units sold. If new DVDs average
$24.99 per unit on release and VHS averages $19.99 per unit on release (note
that I said "if"), then more VHS units were sold than DVD. Please keep in
mind when bandying statistics about, that special interest videos--not all
of which run to 3-figure sales prices--also inhabit the VHS universe, and,
moreso every day, the DVD universe. Anybody got reliable numbers for DVD
units sold vs.VHS units sold for last year?

Mike Tribby
Senior Cataloger
Quality Books Inc.
The Best of America's Independent Presses


>A trade association for the video software industry has released the
>following statistics: DVD sales rose 69% last year over 2000, to $5.4
>billion; DVD sales passed VHS tape sales, which fell 9% to $4.9 billion;
>renters spent $7 billion on tapes, down 26%, and $1.4 billion on discs,
>up 100%; and just 25% of homes have players, with that figure expected
>to reach 35% expected by year's end. (USA Today 16 Jul 2002)