LOS ANGELES (AP) — American spending on home videos rose 2.5 percent to $4.45 billion in the first quarter as the increasing popularity of subscription streaming plans and Blu-ray discs made up for falling DVD sales.
That's according to a report by the Digital Entertainment Group, which is made up of Hollywood studios and electronics manufacturers.
It marked the first year-over-year gain in two quarters.
Blu-ray disc purchases rose 23 percent to about $541 million, while DVD sales fell about 7 percent to $1.51 billion.
Spending on rentals fell 25 percent to $1.18 billion as people dropped off Netflix Inc.'s mail-order DVD plan and fewer people went to brick-and-mortar rental outfits. Spending at kiosks like Redbox rose.
Spending on digital downloads, subscription streaming services and video-on-demand offerings rose 74 percent to $1.22 billion.