Online purchases of movies rose 47% to $1.12B in 2013 in the U.S., according to Digital Entertainment Group. The striking growth rate has calmed fears that consumers would opt to wait for rental windows to open up before buying movies.
Streaming subscription rentals rose 32% to $3.16B during the period.
Kiosk DVD sales slipped 1%, but the aging business still commanded $1.9B in sales. Brick-and-mortar rentals were off 14.3% to $1.042B.
If there was a surprise, it might be the relatively slow pace of VOD movie sales, up only 4.8% to $2.11B.
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