2020 Hindsight: Our Annual Year in Review [Media Play News]

2020 Hindsight: Our Annual Year in Review [Media Play News]

By Thomas K. Arnold

December 31, 2020 | NEWS ANALYSIS: Recapping the home entertainment business in 2020 is best left to an acronym that by now has been ingrained in all of our heads: COVID-19.

One of the most dramatic consequences of the global pandemic was the closure of movie theaters and government mandates to stay at home as much as possible, two developments that benefited home entertainment.

Streaming services reported major spikes in viewership, and the home entertainment divisions of the major Hollywood studios reported significant gains in transactional revenue despite the near-total lack of fresh theatrical product. New movies debuted digitally, at premium prices. And thanks to creative marketing and a rash of high-profile anniversary and 4K Ultra HD releases, sales of catalog movies soared, both digitally and on disc.

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