Futuresource Consulting Joins U.K. Home Entertainment Trade Groups

Futuresource Consulting has become the newest industry member of two U.K. home entertainment trade groups, the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International.

London-based Futuresource, which provides a range of research reports to support business decisionmaking in the home entertainment market, joins as a hybrid member offering syndicated surveys, including Living with Digital, Kids Tech and Audio Tech Lifestyles.

“By joining BASE and DEGI, we aim to work more closely with all those across the home entertainment industry, sharing our research with the [their] membership,” James Duvall, principal analyst and head of entertainment at Futuresource, said in a statement.

Futuresource joins the 80-plus organizations currently within BASE and DEGI that helped spearhead £4.9 billion ($6.1 billion) in U.K. home entertainment consumer spending in 2023, up 10.6% from £4.43 billion ($4 billion) in 2022.

Liz Bales, CEO of BASE and DEGI said Futuresource’s data plays a crucial role in the trade group’s industry analysis of the home entertainment landscape.

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“Their membership not only strengthens and builds upon a longstanding partnership, it delivers actionable insights and drives informed decisioned making for the benefit of [our] members,” Bales said in a statement.

The upcoming DEG Roadshow, with events taking place in Paris, Stockholm and London, is slated for April 23-30.

U.K. Ad-Supported Streaming Video, PVOD Markets to Increase Revenue 20% in 2024

The introduction of advertising-supported subscription video tiers in the U.K. is projected to add $253.6 million (£200m) in value to the country’s home entertainment market in 2024, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment. The U.K. home entertainment trade group contends that premium video revenue, which includes hybrid SVOD advertising, AVOD and free ad-supported streaming television, will increase 20% to more than $2 billion (£1.6 billion) from $1.69 billion in 2023.

In addition to nascent ad-supported options for Netflix and Disney+, Prime Video is rolling out an ad-supported SVOD option in the U.K. ITV, which co-owns SVOD platform BritBox with BBC Studios, launched branded ad-supported free streaming platform ITVX last month.

The surge in ad-supported streaming video options has rise driven consumer uptake in both free ad-supported and subscription services, where 19.3 million U.K. homes (67.3%) accessed a SVOD service in Q3 2023, an increase of half a million from the previous Q2 fiscal period.

The average U.K. home subscribed to 2.9 video streaming services in 2023. 

Overall, the U.K. screen industry revenue (including theatrical and pay-TV) increased 5.6% to $15.84 billion from $15 billion in 2022.

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Content Protection Provider Vobile Joins BASE and DEGI

Content protection provider Vobile has become the newest hybrid member of the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International.

The company joins more than 80 BASE and DEGI community members and partners.

Vobile is the global leader in digital content protection and transaction services, servicing the world’s largest platforms, film studios, TV networks, sports leagues, music labels, and other content owners. The company provides SaaS solutions for copyright protection and content monetization, powered by AI technologies.

“We are thrilled to announce that Vobile has joined BASE and DEGI as a member,” Manni Nagi, head of Europe at Vobile, said in a statement. “For more than 15 years, Vobile has been the trusted partner to leading entertainment companies across North America and Asia. We now look forward to offering world-class products and solutions to European content owners and sports leagues. Also, as thought leaders in the entertainment industry, we are excited to partner with BASE/DEGI and their members to share our knowledge and insights in the ever-changing landscape.”

BASE and DEGI link creators, distributors, digital service providers, and audiences on both local and global levels, prioritizing understanding audience behavior and industry progress, shaping how the industry addresses critical issues. Through its dedicated unit within the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property, BASE remains committed to capturing and disseminating insights on piracy behaviors, according to the group. This effort informs sector strategies, highlighting infringement’s broader threats and consequences while educating consumers about the risks associated with IP violations.

“In 2024, a convergence of factors — such as organized piracy, tech-driven ease of infringement, regulatory loopholes, and societal acceptance — poses a significant threat to video copyright,” Liz Bales, chief executive at BASE, said in a statement. “Combatting piracy requires a collective effort, requiring a comprehensive solution involving all facets of the industry. Vobile’s pioneering work in rights management has set a benchmark for safeguarding and advocating for copyright worldwide. Their collaboration fortifies our shared approach outlined in the 2022 ‘Piracy: A Problem Shared’ report, and I’m delighted to welcome them to our ever-growing membership.”

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BASE and DEGI membership provide exclusive benefits, including access to the upcoming DEG Roadshow (with events taking place in Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and London April 23-May 2) and discounted ticket rates for the BASE Awards 2024.

‘Barbie’ Helps Up 2023 U.K. Home Entertainment Sales 11% to $6.25 Billion

The 2023 theatrical blockbuster Barbie helped spur U.K. home entertainment revenue to $6.25 billion, up almost 11% from $5.65 billion in 2022, according to new data from the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE). The critically-acclaimed movie was the biggest selling standalone title of 2023 on digital and disc in the United Kingdom, inclusive of EST, VOD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD, selling 700,000 units in an era of streaming video.

The data is based on the Official Charts Company, which measures individual content purchases on disc and digital, to rent, buy or own in the United Kingdom.

U.K. consumers spent a collective $255 per minute on the Barbie movie in 2023, which made it the biggest visual entertainment title of the year across both home entertainment and across movie theaters.

“It’s genuinely wonderful to see the volume of units purchased and the range of titles in 2023’s top five U.K. buy, rent and own home entertainment chart, as it perfectly demonstrates the convenience and breadth of this part of the home entertainment offering, and how much consumers value that,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said in a statement.

While subscription streaming video remained the main revenue driver, with more than 56 million subscriptions in 2023, up 5.4% from 53.1 million in 2022, transactional titles from U.S. studios played a significant part in driving revenue.

Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 4 topped the 2023 rental charts, with 306,000 sales on VOD, to add to its 388,000 unit sales across disc and digital retail. The “John Wick” lifetime franchise transactional sales (excluding VOD) are now 2.5 million units in the U.K., with a home entertainment value of $26.8 million.

Twentieth Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water was the highest performing EST and disc title, with digital and physical ownership transactions at 560,000 units across the year.

Christopher Nolan’s Golden Globe winner Oppenheimer was the biggest title across both disc formats, with a value of $1.4 million on Blu-ray and $858,000 on DVD. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical was the fifth highest selling title of 2023, following its successful theatrical release across Christmas 2022. The movie was only available in the United States on Netflix.

The top five home entertainment titles combined for 70 million total transactions across the year. The final week of 2023 saw EST sales of more than 900,000 units, with a value at $7.5 million, up 34% from $5.59 million in 2022. This included five Christmas films in the top 10: Love Actually, Elf, The Polar Express, Violent Night, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s DC Extended Universe’s superhero Black Adam was the biggest-selling title on DVD with 80,000 units sold.

More than 54 titles were released on Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) and/or Premium EST, one more title than 2022, as consumers grew accustomed to the new shape of release windows.

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour scored the second biggest PVOD week one sales of 2023 (after Barbie) with $545,000 on PVOD only, following its release on Dec. 13.

Universal Pictures’ The Super Mario Bros. Movie was the biggest kids title in 2023, with 648,000 transactional sales, and was the third biggest-selling title of the year.

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Entertainment Tracker JustWatch joins British Home Entertainment Group and DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International

The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International announced the addition of Berlin-based entertainment tracker JustWatch to its industry group of more than 30 companies.

JustWatch helps consumers access digital content via legal distribution routes, including transactional and streaming. The firm’s content and consumption data enables their clients to target audiences by taste instead of age and gender demographics. Its streaming guide is now the largest in the world, with more than 45 million active monthly users across 140 markets.

Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said JustWatch is a trusted and important partner for the home entertainment industry.

“We take a one industry approach ensuring that all activity is complementary and supportive across the full product lifecycle, making JustWatch a perfect partner in the U.K. and beyond,” Bales said in a statement.

Toby Lindley-Smith, U.K. country manager at JustWatch said the company has been helping entertainment brands and consumers get “to grips” with the ever-evolving entertainment landscape, from theatrical releases through broadcast.

“Working with BASE, DEGI and their members, we hope we can bring additional knowledge and insights to support the home entertainment industry,” Lindley-Smith said.

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Disney’s U.K. Office Honored for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Five-Week Top-Selling Retail Movie Milestone

The British Association for Screen Entertainment, which oversees the U.K. home entertainment market, recently awarded the Walt Disney Co. U.K. for 20th Century Studios’ retail success of Avatar: The Way of Water.

The award was presented on behalf of the Official Charts to Johnnie Thompson, Scott Mitchell and the wider Disney U.K. EHV/TVOD team to celebrate the film’s five consecutive weeks at the top spot (April 12 to May 16) in digital retail sales. The long-awaited sequel to 2009’s Avatar scored the largest week one sales for a movie in 2023, and remains the top-selling U.K. home entertainment release of the year across all digital formats.

The movie was the top box office release worldwide in 2022, and currently ranks No. 3 all-time behind No. 2 Avengers: Endgame and No. 1 Avatar.

The Walt Disney Company U.K. home entertainment unit

‘Top Gun’ Movies Ruled 2022 U.K. Home Entertainment Sales, Rentals

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Top Gun movie franchise dominated 2022 U.K. home entertainment sales and rentals, according to new data released Jan. 5 by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and the Official Charts Company.

Top Gun: Maverick was the biggest-selling home entertainment title in 2022, with more than 1.2 million sales across DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and digital sellthrough. The original Top Gun (1986) was the most-rented title with nearly half a million digital transactions. 

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Spider-Man: No Way Home (the 2021 global box office champ) finished No. 2 with more than 900,000 sales across DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales, plus a rental performance of more than 450,000 transactional VOD units. 

BASE said more than 50 titles were released on premium VOD and sellthrough.

Meanwhile, subscription VOD continues to resonate with U.K. consumers, who ended 2022 with nearly 50 million subscriptions, up 6.4% from 2021. Disney+ and Netflix introduced lower-cost ad-supported options, while Paramount+ launched in the U.K., and FAST channels like Paramount’s Pluto TV continued to grow. Animated musical Encanto was the best-selling children’s title alongside it’s release on Disney+. 

HBO Max’s “House of the Dragon” dominated the TV charts, snatching the No. 1 spot with its home video release at Christmas. Longtime British favorite series, “Doctor Who” also dominated the TV disc chart with three titles in the top 10, including the last series starring Jodie Whittaker in the title role in “Doctor Who: Flux,” and “The Abominable Snowmen,” animated episodes of the lost classic set to the surviving 1967 audio recordings. 

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Downton Abbey: A New Era underscored the resilience of DVD with more than 190,000 unit sales.  BASE said that more than 680 million DVDs have been sold over the last 10 years. In 2022, more than 40% of packaged-media sales were Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD Blu-ray, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 2021 release Dune the top-selling title for the high-definition format. 

 “U.K. home entertainment has evolved at an electrifying speed to meet the needs of savvy audiences,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE, said in a statement.

Bales said that with myriad home entertainment distribution choices, the box office still remains the greatest indicator of movie’s retail success.

“So, it was fantastic to see Top Gun: Maverick convert its outstanding cinema performance into the biggest sales of the year, and the original Top Gun prove once again that audiences love nostalgia,” Bales said. 

Official Video Chart 2022 (Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Digital Sellthrough, TVOD)

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  2. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Top Gun (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Uncharted (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Video Chart 2022 (All Digital Retail; Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Digital Sellthrough)

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  4. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. Ghostbusters – Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Video Chart 2022 (All Blu-ray Disc & DVD)

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official DVD Chart 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Downton Abbey: A New Era (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Elvis (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Blu-ray Disc Chart 2022

  1. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  4. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  5. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film Download Chart: Digital Sellthrough 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Sing 2 (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Ghostbusters – Afterlife (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film Download Chart: Digital Rental 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Uncharted (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  5. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Film on Video Chart 2022

  1. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Spider-Man: No Way Home (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Official Children’s Video Chart 2022

  1. Encanto (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)
  2. Sing 2 (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  4. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment) 
  5. The Boss Baby 2: Family Business (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

 

Official Catalog Video Chart 2022 on Disc

  1. Dune (2021) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  2. No Time to Die (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  3. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Home Entertainment)
  4. The Batman (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
  5. Encanto (Walt Disney Home Entertainment)

 

Top-Selling Boxed Sets (Disc and Digital Sellthrough)

  1. Harry Potter: The Complete Collection
  2. Jurassic World: Ultimate Collection
  3. The Hobbit Trilogy
  4. The Godfather Trilogy
  5. Hobbit Trilogy/Lord of the Rings Trilogy

 

© The British Association for Screen Entertainment, The Official Charts

U.K. Home Entertainment Group Drops Q4 Trailer Featuring U.S. Movies, TV Shows for Rent or Purchase

The British Association for Screen Entertainment & Industry Trust for IP Awareness has dropped a new fourth-quarter promotional video outlining the latest movies and TV shows consumers can rent or purchase digitally in their home without the need for a subscription.

As usual, the selection of titles includes U.S. studio releases, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ psychological thriller Don’t Worry, Darling, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of Delia Owen’s Where the Crawdads Sing and Disney’s star-studded Amsterdam.

Other titles include Universal Pictures’ Minions: The Rise of Gru and the animated Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy.

New series include “House of the Dragon,” “Gangs of London,” “Whitstable Pearl” and “Frozen Planet 2,” among others.

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U.K. Home Entertainment Group Posts Video Primer on Buying, Renting Digital Movies, TV Shows

In a market gone streaming, where transactional video-on-demand has had been offset by unlimited subscription access to movies and TV shows, the U.K. home entertainment trade group believes consumers need a refresher on buying and renting content.

The British Association for Screen Entertainment Oct. 11 released the group’s first multi-channel educational video showcasing a step-by-step guide on renting or downloading a movie or TV series from an online retail platform.

The step-by-step video guide informs viewers how the process works across digital stores, including Prime Video, Sky Store, the Apple TV App, Rakuten TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Store, FandangoNow and Redbox Digital.

The video helps spotlight the simplicity, flexibility and ease of digital transaction, and reinforces that buying or renting movies and TV shows allows consumers to take advantage of the best in screen entertainment in their own homes without a subscription.

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BASE/DEGI: U.K. Home Entertainment Market to Top $6 Billion in Revenue by 2025

The U.K. home entertainment market is predicted to grow to £5.5 billion ($6 billion) in consumer spending over the next three years (2025), which includes £2.4 ($2.8 billion) spent on movie sales transactions.

That’s according to a new report, released Sept. 23, from The British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and DEGI: The Digital Entertainment Group International (formerly DEG Europe).

The U.K. home entertainment sector was worth £3.3 billion ($3.6 billion) in 2020, and £3.7 billion ($4 billion) in 2021.

In the new report, The Evolution of Home Entertainment Report 2020 – 2025, BASE and DEGI maintain the revenue growth reflects a rise of 114% on pre-pandemic predictions and underscores category optimism showcasing the potential of multiple entertainment formats, distribution channels and access to more than 75,000 transactional titles.

“The evolution of home entertainment is in full force … where transactional formats expand to embrace premium VOD, SVOD embraces AVOD, joined by FAST, all offering consumer choice and taking a share of growing consumer engagement,” Liz Bales, CEO of BASE and DEGI, said in a statement.

Citing additional insights from Ampere Analysis, Futuresource Consulting, Kantar, the British Screen Forum, Digital Entertainment Group and The Digital Entertainment & Retail Association, Official Charts Company, the Intellectual Property Office, and Amy Jo Smith, president/CEO of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, among other sources, the report contends that as consumers re-emerge from the pandemic, so too will the release of new movies and subsequent consumer spending across retail and rental channels.

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“The U.S. market continues to be the starting point for much of the change that is flowing into home entertainment markets around the world, and DEG members now span the globe,” Smith wrote in the report. “As we extend our global reach, closer collaboration with DEG International to align messaging and provide communication support for members in multiple regions and territories is paramount.”

Craig Armer, strategic insight director (entertainment) at Kantar, found that 35.1% of consumers in the U.K. visited the cinema at least once in the 52-week period through June 26, 2022, compared with 46.2% in the same period in 2019, equating to a drop of 24%. This downward trend then impacted the home entertainment market through a 40% drop to 5.1 million U.K. consumers renting or buying movies, compared with nine million home entertainment consumers in 2019.

“Expect this [trend] to bounce back over the next few years as the flow of new content becomes more consistent, possibly attracting as many as two million additional shoppers back into home entertainment,” Armer wrote.

At the same time, the dearth of new releases continues to spike VOD transactions for catalog titles.

“VOD is the largest source of catalog consumers, with 3.6 million more renters vs. pre-pandemic times,” Armer wrote.

The analyst added that packaged media, notably DVD, remains a cost-effective distribution channel for consumers. Specifically, the retail price of a new movie on DVD is virtually unchanged over the past nine years. Indeed, James Bond fans buying the 2012 release of Skyfall at £9.99 ($10.90) on DVD would also be able to find the 2021 release No Time to Die at the same price.

“Maintaining a strong visible presence for disc in physical retail, and continuing the drive for digital adoption, will ensure the industry navigates challenging economic circumstances whilst recovering from the disruption of the last few years,” Armer wrote.