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Is HDTV Hurting DVD Rentals?

eHDMI
04-08-2007, 08:30 AM
Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2007) -- DVD rentals and sales have lagged this year and one industry executive thinks he knows why:

The boom in High-Definition TV sales over the holidays.

John Marmaduke, CEO of Hastings Entertainment, tells Video Business that new high-def owners may be staying home to watch 24-hour HD networks such as HDNet, Discovery HD Theater and INHD.

They would rent high-def DVDs, but the HDTV DVD format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD is scaring people away, he says.

“I think the industry is being punished for no unanimity with high-def,” said Marmaduke. “Anecdotally, I’m hearing a lot talking about all the high-def channels they’re discovering.”

Standard-definition DVDs have seen a rise in sales and rentals in March thanks to the release of popular titles such as Casino Royale. But business remains slow in some part of country, including the Midwest.

Ted Engen, president of Video Buyers Group, points his finger of blame at unseasonably warm weather, March Madness and even hockey's college tournament finals.

“I haven’t seen it this erratic in six to eight years, at least,” Engen tells Video Business. “It’s very spotty. It just shows that people are into other things.”

The publication reports that Best Buy and Circuit City both reported a decrease in DVD sales in the fourth quarter, which includes the months of December through February.

Source (http://www.tvpredictions.com/dvdsales040707.htm)

rbinck
04-08-2007, 01:48 PM
Somehow this does not surprise me. With the increased quality of some of the network shows and wildy popular shows like American Idol in HD, the landscape of TV watching is changing.

Since I've added an OTA DVR in my HTPC with software that strips commercials, I must say I've not missed DVDs at all.

rinardman
04-08-2007, 06:57 PM
I have been watching a lot more network TV since I got my bigscreen HDTV (especially sports). But, I have also been watching more movies on DVD, with my surround sound and HD upconvert DVD player.

If anything would be hurting, based on my viewing habits, it would be the movie theaters that I no longer have much interest in attending.

jswerve
04-08-2007, 08:27 PM
I have been watching a lot more network TV since I got my bigscreen HDTV (especially sports). But, I have also been watching more movies on DVD, with my surround sound and HD upconvert DVD player.

If anything would be hurting, based on my viewing habits, it would be the movie theaters that I no longer have much interest in attending.
Exactly. The one thing that I changed significantly was I stopped going to the movie theater. I want to experience all new movies at home on my couch on my Home Theater. Can't wait for 300 to hit DVD!:D

paulc
04-09-2007, 11:40 AM
Actually, getting a 16:9 HD display has made a 1000% improvement of my DVDs. Even for SD content, they look very clean and good. Going from a 32" 4:3 to a 40" 16:9 (same vertical height) and the size displayed of the DVD increases close to 80%.

Yup, that's right, my DVDs picture is 80% BIGGER than what it was on my 4:3.