The trade group says that consumers spent $4.33 billion in the quarter, up from $4.08 billion in the same period last year.
But DEG includes consumer payments for subscription streaming services led by Netflix — a category that grew 20.6% vs. 2015’s Q2 to $1.5 billion.
Some analysts say that these services, which account for 35% of DEG’s total, artificially inflate the tally: They’re more like premium cable networks, such as HBO — which DEG has never included — than they are to sales and rentals of movies and TV shows.
Without subscription streaming, total spending in the quarter came to $2.83 billion, down from $2.84 billion.
The new DEG numbers show spending on sell-through packaged goods — mostly DVD and Blu-ray discs — increasing 3.0% to $1.20 billion. That’s based on a revision of last year’s number, which was reduced 4.4% to $1.17 billion. DEG says that Blu-ray sales were up 35% from last year.
Electronic sell through was up 8.7% to $466.3 million.
On the rental side, DEG says that brick and mortar stores fell 21.0% to $121.9 million, while spending at kiosks such as the ones run by Redbox dropped 13.1% to $380.0 million.
Total rentals not including VOD were down 15.2% to $643.4 million. If you include the $518.1 million spend on VOD — a category that grew 7.2% — then they were down 6.5% to $1.16 billion.
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