RE: NewsScan: DVD stats

jon aubrey (
Thu, 18 Jul 2002 09:27:05 -0700 (PDT)

What He Said (Mike T.),
I'd be mighty suspect of any trade association
press release that gets printed as an "article," or
news brief in USA Today. Who are they advocating for?
What's their ulterior motive? Follow the $$$$$$$!

Ever Suspicious Of Unsubstantiated Data Masquerading
As Statistics,
Jon Aubrey

> 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

> >NewsScan DVD STATS
> >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)

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