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U.S. Consumer DVD 2005 Market Results

U.S. consumers spent $22.8 billion buying and renting DVDs during 2005, an 8 percent increase over 2004, according to a report from the Digital Entertainment Group, a trade group representing home video retail and rental companies.

DVD retail sales grew 5 percent, to $16.3 billion, while rentals were up 14 percent to $6.5 billion. However, the overall home video market -- which includes sales and rentals of both DVD and VHS -- actually shrank slightly in 2005, to $24.3 billion, from 2004's $24.5 billion. More than 1.6 billion DVDs were shipped during 2005, a 9 percent increase from 2004, bringing the total number of DVDs shipped since the format's launch to 5.6 billion discs.

The number of U.S. households with a DVD player, including portable models, rose to 82 million; when DVD-playing PCs and video game consoles are factored in, the number grows to 89 million. The DEG estimates that over 80 percent of U.S. TV households can now play DVDs.

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