The DVD industry experienced strong, double-digit growth in both software and hardware in the first quarter of this year, according to a report issued April 19 by the Digital Entertainment Group.


LOS ANGELES -- The DVD industry experienced strong, double-digit growth in both software and hardware in the first quarter of this year, according to a report issued April 19 by the Digital Entertainment Group.

More than 400 million DVDs shipped in the first quarter, which marks a 21% increase over the same time period last year. Shipment information was compiled by Kaplan, Swicker and Simha on behalf of the DEG.

The DEG also says that more than 4.3 billion DVDs have shipped since the format's 1997 launch, and that more than 43,000 individual DVD titles are now available.

About 7.7 million DVD players were purchased in the first quarter, according to figures compiled by the Consumer Electronics Assn., which represents a 13% increase over the fourth quarter of 2004.

The DEG reports that more than 135 million DVD players -- which includes portable players, DVD recorders and DVD/VCR combinations -- have been sold to consumers since 1997.

Approximately 73 million households in the U.S. now have DVD players, and 46% of those owners have more than one player.

The DEG expects that more than 80% of U.S. households will have at least one DVD player by the end of this year.