Sales of Blu-ray discs are up 41% in Germany, according to a new report published by local trade group GVU.de. During the first six months of 2013, German consumers spent more than $250 million on Blu-ray titles.
DVD sales are also up 3% compared to the same period last year after German consumers spent more than $580 million on DVD titles.
The new report effectively makes Germany the second biggest Home Entertainment market in Europe after the United Kingdom.
During the first half of the year, the biggest-selling titles in Germany were Skyfall and Taken 2.
With so many titles NOT getting released or receiving compromised releases in the UK*, it's going to be difficult to wean the DVD masses until the studios and distributors treat the largest home video market in Europe with the due respect it deserves!
*Compared to US releases we often have to put up with: Ugly unintuitive symbol menus; reduced bitrate original audio & video and player-generated instead of original burnt-in captions (all to accommodate multiple languages for other European territories); plus a lack of bonus features on catalogue titles etc.
Nearly every compromised release from the major studios could and should instead simply be the US disc for the UK market. There is no reason for this not to be the norm, seeing as the vast majority of Hollywood films' main language and presentation is nearly always, without exception, in English!