SALES OF DVDS SLOW DOWN LACK OF BLOCKBUSTER TITLES CITED.Byline: GREG HERNANDEZ Staff Writer
Sales of DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. titles and players were ``stable'' during the first half of 2006 as the maturing DVD industry struggles to regain some of the explosive growth it enjoyed for so many years.
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3. a midyear report released Tuesday by the Digital Entertainment Group, nearly 14 million DVD players were sold from Jan. 1 through the end of June, virtually the same pace as last year.
More than 740 million DVDs were shipped to retail outlets during the first half of the year, a 4 percent drop from 2005's midyear total of 772 million units, according to figures compiled for DEG by Kaplan, Swicker & Simha.
``What we've seen in the first half of the year is a natural, expected slowing of DVD sales,'' said Steve Nickerson, senior vice president of market management for Warner Home Video Warner Home Video is the home video unit of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video (for Warner Communications, Inc.). It was re-named Warner Home Video in 1980. . ``DVD sales are virtually flat.''
But industry leaders note that in addition to the still growing sales for TV on DVD titles, there is also growth in music DVDs and special-interest films including documentaries.
Ralph Tribbey, editor of the industry newsletter DVD Release Report, said one cause of the stalled sales of titles is the lack of blockbusters from 2005 when there was a record box office slump.
``It just hasn't been there,'' Tribbey said. ``But I think in the third and fourth quarters, things will go up and offset the early decline. We have a lot of big films and certainly with `Pirates of the Caribbean This article is about the franchise. For other, more specific uses, see Pirates of the Caribbean (disambiguation). For real pirates, see Piracy in the Caribbean.
Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest' opening so big, it's a real strong signal that we are going to have a very good October, November and December.''
In addition to ``Pirates,'' which just set the all-time opening weekend box office record and had grossed $153.8 million as of Monday, the summer has had such hits as ``The Da Vinci da Vinci Surgery A surgical robot for performing certain surgeries–eg, mitral valve repair and laparoscopic procedures–eg, cholecystectomy and gastric ulcer repair. See Laparoscopic surgery, Robotics, Surgical robot. Code,'' ``X-Men: The Last Stand,'' ``Superman Returns'' and ``Cars.''
In the past nine years, 6.3 billion DVD discs have been shipped and there are now more than 60,000 DVD titles available to consumers. But the double-digit growth enjoyed for the first seven years has slowed to a halt.
Now the major studios have been banking on the arrival of next-generation DVD players and discs to spur new growth.
High-definition DVD See high-def DVD formats and HD DVD. is high-resolution video and audio technology that represents a clear quality improvement over the standard DVD. But confusing matters, and possibly consumers, are two new high definition DVD formats There are several competing DVD Formats: Non-recordable formats
The name Blu-ray Disc is derived from the blue-violet laser used to read and write this type of disc. and HD-DVD HD-DVD High Definition Digital Versatile Disk , which went to market in recent months.
While the major studios were initially split into either Blu-ray or HD- DVD camps, most have since hedged their bets and are committed to releasing movie titles in both formats this year. There is still debate over whether the two formats can co-exist or whether one must prevail in order for consumers, other than early adopters, to embrace the new technology.
``The big question remaining unanswered is whether Blu-ray or HD will succeed,'' Tribbey said. ``People are taking a wait-and-see attitude.''
Since the DVD format See VOB and DVD. was launched in 1997, more than 175 million products that play DVDs, including set-top and portable players, DVD recorders, Home-Theater-in-a-Box systems, TV/DVD and DVD/VCR combination players have been sold to consumers, according to data from the Consumer Electronics Association.
He said approximately 52 percent of people who own a DVD player have more than one, which he said reflects the growing popularity of HTIB HTIB Home-Theater-In-a-Box
HTIB Home Theatre in a Box systems and other products.
``Consumers in some 85 million U.S. households continue to enjoy their DVDs beyond the living room into every room of the home, as well as into cars and a variety of portable devices for use on the go,'' said Nickerson, a member of the DEG's communications committee.
Chart: Midyear sales stable
SOURCE: The Digital Entertainment Group