The best report on the subject I found is from following source:
Business 2.0 - The Meteoric Rise of the DVD
On this page there is so much crucial data answering your question
that I suggest you see for yourself. I will wrap up some points here:
New or used DVD sold in the US, compared to VHS (please compare to
original article's graph):
Bil. Units/ VHS DVD
1996 | 10 0
1997 | 9 0
1998 | 9 0
1999 | 8 1
2000 | 7.5 2
2001 | 7 4
2002 | 7 7
For the DVD purchases and rentals pie chart, as well as the projection
for 2005, please refer to the image below "U.S. consumer home-video
spending, by format".
On DVD players:
- "It has taken DVD players less than half the time it took VCRs to
reach critical mass with U.S. consumers."
- "Price drops for DVD players in 1999-2000 kick-started sales."
- "Existing VCRs still outnumber DVD players 4 to 1, but DVD player
sales have nearly doubled since 2000."
Also see this overview of the 2002 Annual Report on the Home
VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association)
"- Video consumers in the United States spent an unprecedented $1.4
billion renting DVDs in 2001.
- In 2001, consumers bought 16.7 million DVD players.
- The DVD console is the fastest selling consumer electronics product
ever, having reached sales of 30 million units within five years.
- U.S. video consumers spent $7 billion on VHS tape rentals in 2001.
- Consumers spent $5.4 billion buying DVDs and $4.9 billion on VHS
tapes in 2001."
And this report (I cannot quote all relevant data from that page
DVD Market (by Trendsetters.com, 26th March 2003)
"Depending on who you believe, DVD players are in more than 26 million
U.S. households (USA Today), 38 million as of August 2002
(NPDTechworld), or 56 million households by end 2002 (Adams Media
In the first half of 2002, 8.1 million DVD players shipped to retail,
a 53% increase over the same period in 2001. In 2003, an estimated 17
million players shipped with an average price of $146."
If you want much more detail and you are willing to pay for a report,
you might want to take a look at the following page (the report is
priced at $392.00):
Do You Need DVD Statistics?
"Corbell Publishing Company is a leading Entertainment publishing
company specializing in the DVD (Digital Video Disc)and video (VHS)
software and hardware industry (...)
The DVD Statistical Report includes data for the forth year of the
Digital Video Disc (DVD) industry and includes both software and
Hope this helps!
DVD Software Purchases Increased 2.4 Times to $4.6 Billion, Putting
DVD Sales Ahead of VHS for the First Time (January 8, 2002)
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