U.K. Home Entertainment Group Bows Winter Holiday Movie Disc, Digital Gift Promo Video

It’s never too early to think about gift buying for the winter holidays. The British Association for Screen Entertainment, the U.K.’s home entertainment trade group, Oct. 14 released a promotional YouTube video designed to inspire consumer buying of movies and TV shows on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital platforms in the fourth quarter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubbed “Give the Gift of Film & TV,” the 2:53 minute video features a montage of clips from myriad movies, including the latest James Bond actioner No Time to Die; 20th Century Film’s action comedy Free Guy; Disney’s Jungle Cruise; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol – The Movie; Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Universal Pictures’ F9: The Fast Saga.

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TV shows include “Killing Eve” star Jodie Corner in “Help,” and “Strictly Come Dancing: Motsi & Anton’s Strictly – The Best,” and Netflix’s award-winning drama “The Crown”.

U.K. Tops 100M Digital Movie Sales, Led by ‘The Greatest Showman’

The United Kingdom recorded its 100 millionth digital movie sale through June 23, according to the British Association for Screen Entertainment, the country’s home entertainment trade group. The milestone was tabulated by the Official Chart Company, which has been tracking digital movie sales in the U.K. since 2016.

“This is a huge moment of celebration for the home entertainment category as it shows just how much audiences have embraced the freshest ways to grow their film library, with a number that translates to around five film downloads per household in the U.K.,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE and DEGE: The Digital Entertainment Group Europe, said in a statement. “It’s also so exciting to see digital formats snapping at the heels of the nation’s long held favorite, the DVD, and sister premium formats Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray. Today’s news, coupled with the billions of physical film sales since the inceptions of those formats, continue to demonstrate just how much audiences love watching their favorite films at home as well as in cinemas”.

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The top-selling digital release was 20th Century Film’s The Greatest Showman, which has generated 1.1 million unit sales. It was the first film to ever reach 500,000 “Download & Keep” sales, and was the first — and only — film to surpass the 1 million mark on the digital format.

The rock group Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody took the second spot, followed closely by Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame — which became the fastest-selling digital film of all time after selling more than 335,000 digital downloads in its first week back in 2019. Its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War landed at No. 4.

Musical films were among the most popular with the U.K. public, with five of the top 10 musically influenced. Family favorite musicals  Moana (No. 5), Frozen 2 (No. 6) and Trolls (No. 7) also appeared in the top tier.

Action, adventure and sci-fi sequels were also among the U.K.’s favorite genre on digital, as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed at No. 8 and No. 9 respectively. The 2000 Dr. Seuss adaptation How The Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey rounded out the chart at No. 10.

The U.K.’s Official Top 10 biggest films on digital download

Position Movie
1 The Greatest Showman
2 Bohemian Rhapsody 
3 Avengers: Endgame
4 Avengers: Infinity War
5 Moana
6 Frozen 2
7 Trolls
8 Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom
9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

© Official Charts Company 2021

British Anti-Piracy Website Adds Disney+ Content

FindAnyFilm.com, working with Disney U.K., June 1 announced it is integrating Disney+ movies and TV shows into its listings, enabling users to search Disney content across all formats — from theatrical screenings to DVD/Blu-ray Disc, digital transactional and subscription streaming VOD. 

The website is operated by the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, a home entertainment organization aimed at thwarting piracy of movies and TV shows on behalf of industry partners, including Hollywood studios.

The U.K. reportedly ranked No. 8 among countries with residents frequenting piracy websites, including 5.75 billion visits in 2018, according to data from MUSO, a London-based data tracking service. The U.S. ranked No. 1 with 17.4 billion visits.

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FindAnyFilm.com contends that informed consumers will undermine piracy. The website says it provides an essential call to action for all anti-piracy outreach. Using the site ensures that consumers in the U.K. can be certain that the content they access comes from a legitimate source, avoiding the legal risks inherent in accessing pirated content.

“The Industry Trust works to keep consumers safe with education about the risks of infringing content, and FindAnyFilm acts as the ideal call to action for all anti-piracy outreach,” Liz Bales, CEO of The Industry Trust and British Association for Screened Entertainment, said in a statement. “Building on the collaborative relationship between The Walt Disney Company and the Industry Trust, Disney+ is a vital addition to the site’s SVOD offerings, which serves our shared goal of ensuring that FindAnyFilm.com is the ultimate destination for consumers to search, find and watch content safely.”

As the only official industry-approved search, find and watch tool for U.K. consumers, FindAnyFilm allows users to access content across all genres, from blockbuster movies to cult classic boxsets. With Disney+ titles now included, consumers benefit from access films and TV shows, including Star content. 

FindAnyFilm.com includes U.K. movie theaters, online physical retailers, including Amazon, Zavvi and Argos, digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Sky Store and Google, as well as live TV listings. Users can see what content is available on the Disney+ service by clicking the digital tab on their selected title and finding the Disney+ option.  

British Home Entertainment Launches ‘Biggest-Ever’ Marketing Campaign

The British Association for Screen Entertainment and Digital Entertainment Group International has launched its biggest ever cross-category marketing campaign, Unforgettable Entertainment, in an attempt to drive transactional engagement from new, lapsed and existing digital transactional consumers.

On the heels of previous “Mega Movie Week” campaigns, BASE/DEGI are working on a message targeting infrequent retail movie consumers. Spotlighting the simplicity, flexibility and ease of digital transaction, the educational campaign reinforces the fact that “Download and Keep” allows consumers to take advantage of the best in screen entertainment in their own homes without subscription.

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A week-long promotion with digital retailers showcases a range of movie/TV show offers consumers can access online. With titles such as Joker, the biggest U.K. home entertainment title of 2020, as well as BAFTA-winning TV series “Wolf Hall,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, Disney’s Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame, and 1994’s Léon, the campaign seeks to perfect consumers with the “opportunity to enjoy the emotional connection and nostalgia” in screen entertainment.

Digital retailers participating in the campaign include Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app, Google Play, Microsoft Store, Rakuten TV, Sky Store and Virgin Media, supported by distributors from across the BASE and DEGI membership, including BBC Studios, Lionsgate, The Movie Partnership, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Spirit Entertainment, StudioCanal, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Audiences have demonstrated just how important home entertainment is to them over an incredibly challenging year, with more than 2 million new customers uncovering the flexibility and depth of choice digital transactional offers,” Liz Bales, CEO at BASE/DEGI, said in a statement. “The Official Film Chart has shown that consumers — when given the opportunity — look for movies and TV shows they may have missed during their initial runs.”

Rob Marsh, chair of BASE and VP of commercial (home entertainment) at Sony Pictures Entertainment, said the Mega Movie Week and current promotion drive a strategic agenda enabling conditions for “meaningful” growth in digital transactions.

“Unforgettable Entertainment continues with our purpose to broaden audience engagement, just as much as it provides an opportunity to build on the organic growth the category has been fortunate enough to enjoy,” Marsh said.

BASE Adds ‘The Movie Partnership’ Digital Distributor to Membership Group

U.K. home entertainment trade group, the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) Feb. 15 announced the addition of The Movie Partnership to its membership with immediate effect. Founded in 2009, TMP works with independent movie distributors, sales agents, producers, and financiers, releasing more than 3,500 titles and 2,000 hours of television content into retail channels throughout 80 countries.

Titles handled by TMP include Songbird, Peppermint, Rebel in the Rye and Lying & Stealing.

TMP’s decision to join BASE complements its existing promise to identify opportunities for growth and develop clients’ projects within the retail sector.

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“As a company that works on behalf on many independent distributors, it’s important that we ensure they have as many possible routes to market and opportunities for marketing as possible,” Peter Dutton, founder of The Movie Partnership, said in a statement. “Becoming a fully-fledged member of BASE gives us that.”

BASE CEO Liz Bales said The Movie Partnership is a key independent player in the £3.3 billon ($4.6 billion) U.K. home entertainment market; helping enhance category performance and grow consumer engagement across a range of initiatives.

TMP joins a refreshed BASE Council and an ambitious plan for 2021 and beyond. With category change accelerating, the trade group has continued its core mission to drive commercial and consumer awareness of digital and physical transactional video.

“It’s rewarding to be working with Peter and the team and seeing how these initiatives add direct value to The Movie Partnership’s own mission,” Bales said.

 

Sony’s Rob Marsh Named Chair of British Home Entertainment Organization

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) Feb. 9 promoted Rob Marsh, VP  of commercial (home entertainment) at Sony Pictures Entertainment, to the position of chair, with immediate effect. Marsh, who joined the BASE Council in 2019, will serve alongside existing co-vice chairs, BBC Studios’ Home Entertainment director Lesley Johnson, and Elevation Sales’ managing director Kevin Dersley.

BASE is the trade group representing home entertainment in the U.K. — the world’s No. 2 packaged media and digital market.

Rob Marsh

Newcomers to the BASE Council include Joe Braman, VP of international account management at NBCUniversal, Ruth Sharp, VP and head of digital distribution for WarnerMedia U.K. & Ireland, and Sima Westley, executive director of sales and retail marketing at Warner Bros. Entertainment.

With major studios Disney, Warner, Sony and Universal, independent distributors StudioCanal and Lionsgate U.K., children’s and TV brands such as Mattel and BBC Studios, and third-party distributors via Spirit, the updated BASE Council is positioned to drive an ambitious roster of activity throughout 2021 and beyond.

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“I am honored to have been appointed as the new BASE Chair and am excited to get to work to advance the bold agenda that Council, working through [BASE CEO] Liz Bales and the [management] team has set out to deliver,” Marsh said in a statement.

Marsh said that following a tumultuous 2020, there is much to be optimistic about in 2021, including a proactive approach to the opportunities such as digital transactional, premium VOD, or the resilience of the pay-TV sector.

“That pro-activity means ensuring that the category remains front and center with retail partners and consumers,” he said. “It means ensuring that opportunities for and engagement with digital and physical media are maximized, and that members have access to market insights and consumer analysis needed to shape the conversation.”

Bales said Marsh’s commercial insight-led approach, coupled with unfettered passion for the home entertainment, makes him a perfect fit when it comes to stepping up to help drive BASE’s plans.

“Rob’s presence since joining Council has been instrumental in driving key projects to successful outcomes and energizing robust discussion on the issues that matter,” Bales said. “As well as welcoming Rob to the position of Chair, we invite any industry colleagues not already doing so to join the conversation with BASE and explore the opportunities to support growth across the category.”

BASE COUNCIL 

Rob Marsh, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Chair)

Kevin Dersley, Elevation Sales (Co-Vice Chair)

Lesley Johnson, BBC Studios (Co-Vice Chair)

Liz Bales (CEO, BASE)

Marie-Claire Benson, Lionsgate U.K.

Joe Braman, NBCUniversal

Rob Callow, Spirit Entertainment

Matt Cherry, Mattel

Dean Pappadakis, The Walt Disney Company

John Rodden, StudioCanal

Ruth Sharp, WarnerMedia U.K. & Ireland

Sima Westley, Warner Bros. Entertainment

British Up Digital Movie Transactions 87% During Pandemic Lockdown

New data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and compiled by The Official Charts Company shows that consumer spending on digital movie purchases grew by more than 87% during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period through June 30 to £113 million ($148 million). The United Kingdom is the second-largest home video market in the world.

Examining the wider transactional VOD market, data from Kantar suggests 1.8 million new customers either bought or rented digital content during lockdown, taking the number of consumers transacting digitally in that period to a record high of 5.5 million.

Transactional Successes

In the 12 week period from March 28 when the British government introduced its “stay home” policy, digital purchases accounted for 51% of the market as consumers engaged with the depth of range of titles available through digital home viewing options, with 49% attributed to sales of physical media (DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray). While growth in digital ownership was already evident, with its share at 29% in the same period in 2019 and at 37% in the 12 weeks prior to lockdown, the data suggests transactional VOD made huge gains at a time when many of consumers were forced to stay home.

Falling disc sales prior to the pandemic translated to an overall decline in the transactional video market, but the performance of digital transactional in lockdown has reversed that trend, with whole video market growth of 6.9% in value terms delivering a significant 21 point swing. During the lockdown period, disc proved to be remarkably resilient even in the context of many bricks and mortar retailers either being forced to close or to pivot to focus on essential provisions. Even with those challenges, with premium formats like Blu-ray and 4K UHD continuing to appeal and an increased engagement from consumers with TV box sets on disc, the disc market maintained a predominantly flat value position year-on-year.

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“With nearly 2 million new customers buying or renting entertainment content from a digital store during the lockdown period and contributing to the wider transactional video market returning to growth, the digital transactional market has been a beneficiary of the fact that the government’s Stay Home policy provided the right environment for it to flourish,” BASE CEO Liz Bales said in a statement.

Performance across the market can to some extent be attributed to a strong release slate, with a pipeline of theatrical titles becoming available early for purchase on digital platforms. During the lockdown period titles such as Jumanji: The Next Level, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917, Bloodshot and Frozen II were joined on digital platforms by family-friendly releases such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Onward, as well as Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit, with average volume sales for digital purchase rising from more than 350,000 units per week in the 12 weeks from the start of 2020 to more than 565,000 units a week in the 12 weeks from March 28.

While the average selling price for a digital copy has risen year-on-year by 4.4% to £8.51 ($11.51), the fact that the ASP has fallen marginally against its pre-lockdown position suggests that consumers are also engaging with the value proposition offered by the breadth and depth of catalog content available through digital retailers alongside the pick of titles fresh from the cinema.

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The diverse range of older titles that digital customers have sought out during the pandemic includes classics such as Forrest Gump, Top Gun, Grease, Apocalypse Now and titles from the “Harry Potter” franchise, with titles released pre-2010 representing 38% of all digital sales during lockdown.

“Across both digital purchase and rental, numbers have boomed during the lockdown period, with new and existing customers contributing to some 7.9 million transactions, up more than 22% on the same period last year and more than the same period in 2018, which supports the story of the transactional video category returning to growth,” said Craig Armer, strategic insight director at Kantar.

Armer said the number of transactional VOD customers doubled, accounting for more than 28% of the transactional VOD market in lockdown versus around 13% for the same time last year.

Families Engage with Premium VOD

One area of innovation driven by lockdown was the debut of  premium VOD offerings, with titles earmarked for theatrical release appearing on VOD services early. Titles released in this model included Trolls World Tour, The Invisible Man, Emma, The Hunt and Military Wives, with PVOD offerings accounting for 6.2% of all digital rentals over the lockdown period according to data from Kantar. Due to the higher price point of these premium offerings, that figure translates to a 19% share of rental spend in the period, with Kantar estimating that more than half a million customers experimented with the new-release format.

In keeping with the PVOD success of Trolls World Tour, families have the largest share of spend and are accessing content through their TVs rather than through other devices, endorsing the popularity of the movie night in that continues to be a key occasion for transaction and, in lockdown, a welcome break from the situation the nation was dealing with.

“The fact that more than half of consumers anticipate they will maintain habits formed during lockdown, such as engaging more broadly with digital delivery, underlines the need for the video category to optimize around the opportunity delivered by the growth it has seen,” Bales said.  “Historically, home entertainment has proved robust in times of economic crisis and the addition of a meaningful number of new customers to digital transactional, alongside the resilience of the disc market, means the video category at large has plenty to build upon even as consumer confidence and discretionary spend potentially become challenged as we look to the future.”

Universal’s ‘Trolls World Tour’ Headlines U.K.’s ‘FindAnyFilm’ Retail Video

With the world’s No. 2 home entertainment market — and second-largest subscriber base for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — the United Kingdom represents both opportunity and challenge for U.S. studios.

With the U.K. slowly embracing a return to normal following the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, the British Association for Screen Entertainment — with a mandate to “champion growth across the home entertainment market” — has released its quarterly “FindAnyFilm.com” video showcasing new and pending movie/TV show releases available in retail channels.

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The website is similar to Movies Anywhere in the U.S., an agnostic platform aimed at jumpstarting digital home entertainment retail, except that it also aggressively pushes packaged media, including Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K UHD Blu-ray, and cinema.

“It’s a trailer we make every quarter, detailing new [disc] titles coming to market in the U.K.,” BASE’s Andy Neilson said in an email.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has seized the moment, aggressively marketing erstwhile theatrical releases on FindAnyFilm. Veteran studio boss Eddie Cunningham cut his teeth as chairman of U.K. operations and regional managing director for Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic countries.

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Headlining the video is Universal Pictures’ Trolls World Tour, the scuttled theatrical release that exploded in popularity (and revenue) in the U.S. due to early release on premium video-on-demand. The sequel streets in the U.K. on July 27. The title generated more than $100 million in three weeks release, prompting Universal to declare it would continue PVOD distribution going forward.

Other promotional titles include Universal’s The High Note, which streets in the U.S. on packaged media Aug. 11, Military Wives, which hits retail channels on Aug. 18, The King of Staten Island (Aug. 25), and Dark Waters, which was released in March. Other featured title: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fantasy Island, which hit the street in the U.S. on May 12.

Women in Home Entertainment 2019: A Q&A With BASE CEO Liz Bales

The British Association for Screen Entertainment’s mission statement seeks to champion the growth of screen entertainment across a £2.34 billion U.K. disc and digital video market, while maintaining a business environment with few regulatory burdens.

U.S. studio members include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate U.K., Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures International Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co., and Warner Home Entertainment.

As CEO of BASE and Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Liz Bales has headed the trade group since 2014. A commercial lawyer by trade in the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, Bales also leads The Digital Entertainment Group Europe.

Bales is recognized for leadership and creation of partnerships and executing targeted initiatives to grow audience engagement, deliver industrywide behavior change and incubate innovation in established trading environments.

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With a successful track record supporting diverse stakeholders on complex challenges with a focus on measurable results and sustainable solutions as well as delivering efficiencies, Media Play News asked Bales about ongoing cyclical change across the world’s No. 2 home video market.

MPN: At the end of 2018, you cited ongoing “high street retail” challenges in packaged media while attempting to accommodate a “broad variety” of home entertainment content and format options. How have those challenges been met through the first half of 2019?

Bales: The home entertainment category has been effectively managing change for over a decade, and in 2019 we are meeting ongoing challenges head on. BASE is driving physical retail innovation in collaboration with a leading U.K. grocer and alongside industry experts, leading ground-breaking trials with exceptional indicative results at an early stage. Focusing on digital formats, the cross-platform ‘Mega Movie Week’ campaign resulted in the U.K.’s largest week of sales for digital ownership on record, topping 1 millionm units with the highest reported incredibly strong new user activation from a host of the participating platforms.

MPN: The U.S. home entertainment market is now 60% subscription streaming video, led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Yet, consumption of packaged media continues (albeit slowly) while increasingly dwarfed by digital. The trend appears similar in the United Kingdom. How are BASE members adjusting their marketing approaches?

Bales: The rapid evolution of technology is a dominant force, and home entertainment is just one of a plethora of categories taking advantage of the benefits. Ultimately this evolution is about the consumer, whose love of and engagement with content in all forms is enduring and still showing huge growth; the home entertainment category value is up 10% in the last year. An established U.K. production base sees the welcome addition of bold new players, which is a huge positive for both our creative industry and U.K. audiences and while format fragmentation is obviously not without its challenges, the industry is proactive in its response, as witnessed by the remodeling being seen across the distribution landscape.

MPN: How does BASE convince consumers to purchase rather than subscribe to media? Can both distribution models co-exist?

Bales: BASE runs a variety of initiatives that focus on informing the consumer on the benefits of the various formats including ownership, rental and subscription. There is a broad range of different needs and spaces in which consumers consume entertainment content, and clear areas where transactional purchase has natural advantages over subscription and vice versa. As long as consumers are made aware of the myriad benefits of ownership across all formats, then both distribution models can continue to co-exist and meet the differing needs of a range of audience types.

MPN: With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, complete ownership of Hulu and pending launch of a branded subscription streaming service — the latter two likely earmarked for the U.K. — how does traditional home entertainment retail compete?

Bales: Traditional home entertainment retail has already been competing with subscription streaming services for over a decade and Disney is one of a number of entities that will launch direct-to-consumer services in the coming months and years. The response from traditional home entertainment is of course insight led; gaining an understanding of audience behavioral trends and consequent engagement is a high priority. We know that consumers view content from multiple formats, and fans of film and TV have a range of choices; to visit the cinema, buy the latest content digitally or on disc as well as streaming exclusive content from subscription services.

Customers love choice and across the category content owners provide just that. With all of the current and future developments in the home entertainment business, it is imperative that we consider any possible impact on copyright infringement; the category as a whole must work together to ensure that the customer experience comes first, and ensure clarity and simplicity when it comes to accessing content easily and legally even as habits evolve.

The consumer will ultimately vote with their wallet and define the success of new services, but all evidence points to transaction and ownership continuing to be a desired option for many.

MPN: With studios and media companies increasingly focusing on subscription and ad-supported VOD, it would appear BASE has to wear multiple hats to satisfy industry members. Is that true? If so, how has that changed the internal focus at BASE?

Bales: Navigating change has been a constant for many years, the pace of which only escalates. Members have always looked to the organization for a comprehensive category level understanding of current market performance, but now increasingly look to us for a view on future challenges and opportunities.

Ultimately, home entertainment is one part of an expansive and interconnected value chain, and to genuinely add value for members our expertise in home entertainment has to be complemented with a thorough knowledge of surrounding sectors, not only subscription and ad–supported VOD, but extending to theatrical distribution and broadcast.

This is quite a task, but it is one that makes for dynamic and exciting roles within the team and is a challenge the organization has risen to with a passion.

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BASE: Packaged Media Still Dominates Sluggish Half-Year U.K. Home Video Sales

Despite competition from subscription streaming video services, consumers in the United Kingdom continue to covet ownership of physical and digital home entertainment.

Half-year sales figures from the British Association for Screen Entertainment — citing Official Charts Co. data — found consumers in the world’s No. 2 home video market purchased more than 32 million DVD, Blu-ray, 4K UHD and EST (electronic sellthrough) combined units for a retail value of £294.5 million ($366.5 million).

Despite a tough retail environment, physical disc formats remain the first choice for consumers, with a total of 22.3 million physical copies sold at a value of £215.8 million ($268.7 million), with DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD formats representing 65% of sales.

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At title level, disc remains the consumer’s go-to for ownership, and is the majority-selling format for 80% out of the top 100 titles.

Approaching 1 million physical copies sold, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Bohemian Rhapsody leads the competition with more than 913,400 physical copies sold.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s A Star is Born follows, selling 531,900 copies on disc, as U.K. consumers continue their appetite for musicals, with musicals and music-led titles making up half of the Top 10 best-selling disc titles.

Long-standing franchises also continue to see physical success, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald selling more than 542,000 copies.

That said, SVOD continues to shrink the retail market.

The combined volume of disc and digital sales declined 16%, with customer spend down 17.4% against a backdrop of evolving consumption habits.

Indeed, June saw the lowest retail sales on record as consumer confidence continues to be challenged.

“Notwithstanding an extremely challenging retail landscape across many categories as we reach the halfway point in 2019, consumers remain wedded to ownership in many cases, with the substantial growth of digital transaction and the enduring strength of physical disc sales testament to the integral part that collection and curation plays in all of our leisure time,” Liz Bales, CEO at BASE, said in a statement.

“The standout success of titles like Bohemian Rhapsody shows that even in the context of a wealth of options vying for that leisure time, high quality content continues to excite and inspire home audiences to bring their favorite titles home on both digital and physical formats. Consumers and our colleagues across the category have much to look forward to with an extensive slate of stellar content set to release in the next half of the year.”