Apple Continues to Dominate U.S. Online Video Purchase and Rental Markets

NPD today released a new report highlighting the U.S. online digital video market for 2012, finding that Apple continues to dominate both purchases and rentals.

In looking at purchased content, Apple holds a commanding 67% of the TV show market and 65% of the movie market, with its closest competitors Xbox Video and Amazon each holding roughly 10% of the market.

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While the competition is tighter in the rental market, Apple still holds a solid lead with 45% of the market for digital movie rentals, with Amazon taking second place at 18%.

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“Apple has successfully leveraged its first-mover advantage and of iTunes, iOS and the popularity of iPhone and iPad to dominate the digital sale and rental markets for movies and music,” said Russ Crupnick, senior vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “While worthy competitors have come along, no other retailer has so thoroughly dominated its core entertainment product categories for so long.”

Notably, NPD's study does not include subscription services such as Netflix and on-demand content from cable providers. Previous studies including those types of content have found Apple's market share shrinking to roughly 5% in the face of Netflix's overwhelming strength.

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95 months ago
If they aren't 100%, they might as well be 0%.
-Wall Street
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95 months ago
iTunes + Mac = Seamless, beautiful and lightning fast.
iTunes + Windows = Ugly, complex and painfully slow.
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95 months ago
In-Theatre Rentals

Apple TV needs to offer In-Theatre rentals of all major motion pictures.

I would set it up where they became available the week or two after opening weekend at a price point of around $40-$50 to rent for a 24 hour period.

Being a married man with a 5 year old, it is tough to get out to the movies to see the blockbusters especially in the summer time with numerous movies coming out week after week.

You figure that by the time my wife and I pay for a babysitter, 2 movie tickets, soda and popcorn we have already dropped ~$60-$80 for the night. Paying even $50 for a rental still saves us money, we are not on any time tables and we can watch the movies from home without having to deal with people's rude behaviors.
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95 months ago

how do you stream a Pixar movie? where do you stream it from?


Behind a nice secure VPN client.
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95 months ago

Apple TV needs to offer In-Theatre rentals of all major motion pictures.


Unfortunately, Apple has little control of when studios decide to release movies to rental. Studios need to support their brick-&-morter theaters first.
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95 months ago
I think Apple should switch to on-demand pretty fast or this is a dead end. On-demand is the future.
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