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British Video Association Celebrates 15 Years of DVDs this Christmas Retailers Predict This Year

15 November 2013

To mark 15 years of the DVD, the video entertainment industry’s biggest success ever, the British Video Association reveals the titles that we’re most likely to find in our stockings this festive season.

The British Video Association (BVA) teamed up with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) to survey the leading retailers in the UK including Amazon, HMV, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and The Hut.

When the DVD launched back in the UK in 1998 the Christmas charts were topped by James Cameron’s romantic epic, Titanic. 15 years on, an estimated total of a whopping 2.4 billion DVDs and Blu-ray Discs have been bought in the UK and retailers predict that the best seller list this year is set to be dominated by minions, superheroes, monsters, cavemen, and even a Partridge.

Predictions for the top Blu-ray Disc and DVD stocking fillers this Christmas:

1.    Despicable Me 2 | Our Review

2.    Man of Steel | Our Review

3.    Monsters University | Our Review

4.    The Wolverine | Our Review

5.    The Croods | Our Review

6.    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

(Source: Survey of ERA members)

December accounts for over 1 in 5 of all annual disc sales and Sainsbury’s predict that this Christmas their customers are just as likely to pop a Blu-ray Disc or DVD into their shopping trolleys as they are a packet  of stuffing.

“This Christmas millions of people will be seeking out those must-have purchases to add to their own collection or to give to their family and friends as gifts. Curling up on the sofa to watch a Blu-ray Disc or DVD is a Christmas institution for many families - a wonderful shared experience that brings people together,” said Lavinia Carey, Director General of the BVA.

“As retailers enter the busiest time of the year for video sales, Blu-ray Discs and DVDs remain a firm favourite amongst Christmas shoppers, with three quarters of entertainment sales still on disc. People value the quality and tangibility of the physical product and there are a fantastic variety of titles on offer to shoppers this Christmas,” said Kim Bayley, Director General of  ERA.

UK retailers were also asked to predict the most popular TV and box-set titles this Christmas.

Predictions for the top TV titles / box-sets this Christmas:

1.    Breaking Bad - The Final Season

2.    Mrs Brown’s Boys Live Tour: Mrs Brown Rides Again

3.    Downton Abbey - Series 4

4.    Miranda - Series 3

5.    Micky Flanagan Live - Back in the Game

6.    Big Bang Theory - The Complete Sixth Season

(Source: Survey of ERA Members)

Rudy Osorio, Head of Video at Britain’s biggest specialist entertainment chain,  HMV, said, “HMV is gearing up for what is set to be a real video Christmas, and we’re expecting particular demand for some of the great box-sets which are out there. 2013 has been a vintage year for TV - from quality home-grown shows like Downton Abbey to popular US imports like Breaking Bad, so there really is something for everyone.”

About the BVA
The British Video Association exists to champion video entertainment in all its forms, from packaged media such as DVD and Blu-ray Discs to digital services available on demand, to rent or to own on portable devices and for home viewing.

• The proliferation of content delivery channels, now with more than 40 digital video services, is constantly increasing consumer choice and the video industry releases about 6,000 titles a year, on which consumers spent over £2.261 billion in 2012. This compares with £2.324 billion in 2011, which includes evolving digital online services.

• The BVA’s members include film and television companies and independent labels who produce, license and distribute pre-recorded video entertainment, covering film, sport & fitness, music, TV, children’s and special interest programming. Its members account for some 90% of the sector.

• The Official Charts Company compiles the UK’s Official Video charts and data for the video industry, drawing on sales from 6,500 retailers across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets and mail order internet retailers. The full range of weekly video charts can be viewed at here