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Black Friday 2013 - Blu-ray Hits New Revenue Record

Posted December 11, 2013 07:35 PM by Josh Katz

Blu-ray DiscNew findings from Home Media Research have revealed a surge in Blu-ray sales over Black Friday. For the week ending on November 30th, 2013, consumers generated $119.15 million in Blu-ray-disc revenue, a new weekly record for the HD format.

This figure represents a 83.8% increase in revenue from the same week last year. At the end of Black Friday 2012, Blu-ray-disc revenue topped out at $110.60 million.

According to the same findings, overall-disc sales revenue (DVD and Blu-ray) were also up; at $372.25 million, this combined sales revenue was up 70.29% from last year.

Blu-ray-player sales, however, did not evince the same level of positive growth. Even with the benefit of various retailer promotions, consumers drove Blu-ray player sales to a 3% increase, whereas in 2012, this increase was 20%.



Pie chart courtesy of Home Media Magazine



Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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Jowiko96
 - Dec 11, 2013

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Hooray!

GC13
 - Dec 11, 2013

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Can someone explain the math on the 83.8% increase? The only weeks we're given are the last week of November 2013 ($119.15 million) and Black Friday 2012 ($110.6 million), and it's explicitly stated that the $119.15 million is an 83.8% increase from the $110.6 million.

Gobbi
 - Dec 11, 2013

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119.15 over 110.60 can not be 83.8% increase

joshkatz0186
 - Dec 11, 2013

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@GC13 and Gobbi...

Phrasing changed to more closely reflect the wording of the HMM table.

Porco Azzurro
 - Dec 11, 2013

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Player sales may be slowing their rate of growth in these figures, but I think the XBox One and PS4 may well contribute to even more Blu-ray disc sales next year.

Deromax
 - Dec 11, 2013

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How the BD/DVD combo titles are computed in those stats?

chadamus
 - Dec 11, 2013

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Waiting for the "Physical media is dead! Long live streaming!" zealots to start commenting.

BouCoupDinkyDau
 - Dec 11, 2013

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I can't believe people still buy DVDs.

Blu Titan
 - Dec 11, 2013

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@Gobbi...There's an 83% increase over the same week last year not an 83% increase over Black Friday week 2012. In 2012 Black Friday week happened one reporting period (7 days) prior to this year's. Thus, the 83% increase is due to the reporting week for 2013 being Black Friday week compared to the same week last year (calendar week) which happened to be the week AFTER Black Friday. I probably just confused the issue even more .

Black Friday 2012 Date: Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Black Friday 2013 Date: Friday, November 29th, 2013

milojthatch
 - Dec 11, 2013

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bluknight1
 - Dec 11, 2013

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Long live physical media!

Kristian Idol
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Aw, bluknight, ya beat me to it!

mademan
 - Dec 12, 2013

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OwlsWarder
 - Dec 12, 2013

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That's probably exactly it, Blu Titan. I was trying to wrap my head around the math and couldn't find a way to make it make sense, either. After reading your post, I went back to the article and I think you've got it. The same week last year was NOT a Black Friday week.

The 2012 Black Friday numbers are presented just for informational purposes but in a manner that invites misinterpretation with the preceding point. They should have been presented in a separate paragraph or had some sort of "In other news," lead in to highlight that they have nothing to do with the previous statement.

growler
 - Dec 12, 2013

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I think many (ignorant) consumers still do not realize that a BD player can play their old DVDs.

growler
 - Dec 12, 2013

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From 8-2013:
“The number of U.S. households with at least one Blu-ray playback capable device (includes Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PS3, and HTIBs) is now 61 million.”
http://hometheater.about.com/b/2013/08/06/blu-ray-disc-sales-up-15-percent-for-the-first-half-of-2013.htm

n_muthukumar
 - Dec 12, 2013

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So Black Friday Week 2012 vs. Black Friday Week 2013, Blu-ray Sales actually increased merely by 7.73%!
Wondering how News (especially the Sensational ones) are created!

mojo_navigator
 - Dec 12, 2013

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People still buy DVDs because there are plenty of obscure films being released on DVD that will never make it to blu-ray.

If you're a movie nut/cinephile, you cannot get too hung up on technology; access to the movie has to come first

I wish everything could come out on blu but it won't which is why we still need DVD (and will need downloading in the future)

bladerunner1
 - Dec 12, 2013

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"Yes, we love those prices very much" is what we are trying to say.

tru blu
 - Dec 12, 2013

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I am happy to be a part if that. Bought quite a few titles.

tom_k35
 - Dec 12, 2013

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2 Comments about player sales

1) Are players saturating in homes and thus won't grow much year over year?

2) I'm guessing player sales don't cover game consoles. How would those sales affect the number of players?

Gobbi
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Blu Titan, OwlsWarder, in this case this comparison has little value as may be week 2012 was 200% over one week prior in 2011 or whatever, you can not observe a correct trend

Deromax
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Having both DVD and BD on the market means that two distinct products must be manufactured, distributed, stocked, displayed and sold when only one could be. It's really a double inventory for the same thing (the movie). Store real estate is limited. At a retailer, I'd rather have a choice of 500 titles in BD than 250 in DVD and the same 250 in BD.

They should just include a DVD version with each BD package and phase out the DVD-only releases.

threefiftyrocket
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Yup... I can see the death of blu-ray now... this is the beginning of the end, terrible sales numbers, its only a matter of time before all the "experts" are correct and streaming over takes physical media... NOT! Yes that was me channeling Wayne and Garth

knighstalker
 - Dec 12, 2013

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I believe that this site contributed to facilitating the increase in blu-ray sales. I know that the information provided herein personally aided me in making several purchases this and previous years past!

Gobbi
 - Dec 12, 2013

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billzfan
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Streaming is great for sampling. Blu ray is for the repeated enjoyment of something you love.

Cinemaniac
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Nothing says movie night like watching on an iPad or linking it to your TV. Have fun with your shoddy picture and sound. I hate him for supporting 3D, but I praise James Cameron for supporting Blu-Ray.

ArnoldLayne56
 - Dec 12, 2013

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I'm doing my best to help, by spending over $3300 on BDs this year and about $350 in the last month on lots of those bargains! Now to take the time to watch them ;-)

djkest
 - Dec 12, 2013

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As mentioned before, this is extremely misleading and ultimately pointless. They compared black Friday week to the week after BF last year.

Here's some REAL numbers for you folks.
BD sales revenue was up 7.7%. Yayyyy

Last Starfighter
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Glad to hear big sales numbers for BDs!...but does it really help the format if they're only selling these kinds of #s when they're dirt cheap Black Friday prices? I hope studios still see there's a ton of us BD supporters out there still craving physical media.

As for the BD player sales, not a huge surprise when video game consoles like the ps3 are at the end of their cycle and have become VERY affordable multimedia devices being able to play games, movies, and insane amount of internet features. That being said, I did buy a dedicated BD player 2 years after i got the ps3 to save it form wear n' tear on it's drive.

dmarvin
 - Dec 12, 2013

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This is why studios should still release physical media. Because at Christmas time, it's not very cool to unwrap a digital present.

Thank you and goodbye.

cubs_2000
 - Dec 12, 2013

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It's all about the pricing. All the blu-rays I bought were $7.99 or $3.99. If retailers want to see sales continue to go up keep the prices down. Way too many new releases have been $22-$26. Hell Iron Man 3 is still $25 and never went down for Black Friday. I hope we get a lower price before Christmas.

technique
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Not surprising with so many great deals on top quality blu-ray movies this year. I found myself doubling my purchases this year from last black friday. Long live blu-ray and physical media!

nolfoc
 - Dec 12, 2013

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@cubs2000 consumers are still buying new release DVDs for 15 bucks.. we would all like our movies to be 4-8 bucks but that isn't going to happen for new releases.. yes everything drops but Disney titles never drop so expect IM3 to be that price for years.. Thor and Capt. America are still 20 bucks and people still buy.. the way studios should capitalize on sales is to keep catalog titles around 5-10 bucks instead of starting out new at 15-20.. Newer titles i understand it has been that way with DVD and it really hasn't changed and they still are profitable

Dorklord
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Physical media rules!!! Streaming can never replace the desire and want to actually collect something... most people I know enjoy collecting favorite flicks... they like to look at them and say that's mine. Streaming while certainly neat... is mostly for obscure films or tv shows that most people wouldn't normally watch.

PuppetMasterBlu
 - Dec 12, 2013

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Deromax
 - Dec 12, 2013

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A great way to get newer movies at discount is to buy used on the amazon marketplace or the local videoclub. BD are more robust than DVDs and they have better chances of being rented/played by videophiles and discerning people that handle them carefully. So they are always in great shape. No need to buy them new at full retail.

Between those, amazon, walmart, Bestbuy and other, I have never paid more than 10$ including shipping for all of my 900+ BD, bear for some rare exceptions.

MikaLove
 - Dec 13, 2013

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IMO the BF "discounts" this year sucked. So I didn't buy one single disc from those.
I did however buy BD movies that were generally on discount.

Gobbi
 - Dec 13, 2013

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right, I finally had courage to face the bare truth, spent $407.35 on US Amazon blu-rays just before and after BlackFriday. and another $404 on UK Store. do I regret it? Hell No. found some good value!

denger76
 - Dec 13, 2013

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I purchased 32 blu rays this Black Friday shopping season and most of them at very cheap prices! I believe digital media has its limits with downloading rates. Also, the industry will start to focus more on 4K blu ray which will drive prices for plain old excellent HD quality BD's down. I tried non physical media and did not like it as it depended on whether or not there's enough bandwidth to watch the movie, etc. and I can't tolerate needless messages saying that their are issues with the download speeds, etc. that interfere with watching a movie that I purchased.

5150z
 - Dec 13, 2013

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Oh, so that's why retailers like Best Buy have BR sections that have shrunk in size over the last many months. It was all the Blu-ray sales they made, not the lack of. Whew! That's good to know. Hahahhaa

cynatnite
 - Dec 13, 2013

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BouCoup, we still buy DVD's. Our grandchildren don't have Blu-ray players in their room...just DVD. Also, my husband watches DVDs in his truck while he's out on the road.

Also, there is quite a bit of movies and tv shows that are only on DVD.

The DVD market is still pretty strong.

mjcavinder
 - Dec 13, 2013

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wait a minute....there are dvds still being released besides a select few TV shows?

S127
 - Dec 13, 2013

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Visual entertainment on disk appears to be safe for now, as for the low BR player figures? I'd assume PS3/4, laptops and now XBox One having something to do with that.

mredman
 - Dec 13, 2013

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of course the sales of BR players are low most people have one now thats why

xSCARFACEx
 - Dec 14, 2013

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The $4 Blu-Ray sale was most likely the reason for the great numbers

reidw
 - Dec 14, 2013

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PatrynXX
 - Dec 14, 2013

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Nothing gives one a bigger happy face than a player that doesn't break. My sony is over 4 yrs old. First dvd player I owned was a Sony and I spent about as much on that as the blu ray player. Didn't last a year. Was one that was recalled too so if I hadn't bashed it I might have gotten a trade on it. So basically at least for now those making the players are making them good enough so they don't break. Thumbs up Sony. Right now dvds are so bad it's starting to get hard to give them away which is sorta bad for me for owning over a thousand but oh well. Easy come. not so easy go and VHS? movie? better be the very hard to find otherwise a bit pointless. Laserdiscs are better off.

mredman
 - Dec 14, 2013

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@reidw

are you blind. So increase in sales means dying to you. WTH are you on man

nolfoc
 - Dec 14, 2013

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@Reidw.. you're clueless buddy.. and clearly have a hard time understanding this revenue chart

TLOE
 - Dec 14, 2013

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I like physical media because the first sale doctrine doesn't apply to downloads/streaming-it's treated as a consumable. If I tire of a blu-ray it can be sold, which can't be done with a file. Also, there is simply not enough total bandwidth available for users to stream everything-the load placed on backbones would be enormous. Consider that Netflix alone uses something like 30% of all downstream traffic available at peak times and the problem becomes clear.

repete66211
 - Dec 16, 2013

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"This figure represents a 83.8% increase in revenue from the same week last year."

This sentence should be deleted as comparing the week in 2013 that contained Black Friday to a random non-sale week from 2012 doesn't make any sense. BF13 had sales 7.73% higher than BF12.

5150z
 - Dec 17, 2013

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repete66211
"This sentence should be deleted as comparing the week in 2013 that contained Black Friday to a random non-sale week from 2012 doesn't make any sense. BF13 had sales 7.73% higher than BF12."

Yes, and one title, the Complete BrBa on BR at $200+ a set probably contributed to much of that 7.73% increase.


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