But the DVD business? All roads point south.
Most troubling is that this business isn't just seeing lower sales results. All those boxed sets of "Saved by the Bell" and "Family Ties" can only carry you so far. Now, it's DVD rentals sucking wind.
During what is now known currently as "The Great Recession," consumers moved back to the easier and cheaper - DVD habit, that of rentals. Turns out DVD rental revenue climbed 4% in 2009 versus the year before (while sales continued their free-fall, down 13%). That has been a bit of silver lining.
But now in 2010, when, in theory, things are looking slightly better, DVD rental revenue has also turned south, now down in its own double-digit decline funk of 14%.
Why? Much of this news came from the big video retailers like Blockbuster, for example, who are under duress and have been closing stores.
Any positive signs? Sort of. DVD rentals did rise for deep discounters, mail subscription service Netflix, and kiosk operator Redbox.
Don't look now. But in the future, physical rentals (and sales, for that matter) will continue to take it on the chin -- what with the growth of digital sales of films, TV shows, and other content.
Looking for changes at the movie studios? Something's got to give. Executives say DVD sales account for about 50% of the profits for a theatrical movie. New technology in DVD-land isn't even working in this regard. Blu-ray sales haven't helped any.
The DVD business seems to be mimicking those double-digit percent declines the music business has been saddled with for many years. All this says a lot of about the brick-and-mortar retailing of entertainment products in the digital world.