Consumers are renting fewer movies in total even as they make the switch to digital from physical media.
The total number of movies rented by Americans in the first half of 2012 declined 10% compared to the same period a year ago, according to a consumer survey by the NPD Group. The research firm did not provide information on the total number of movies rented.
Within that overall decline, rentals of DVDs and high-definition Blu-ray discs dropped a more sizable 17%. However, online rentals from video-on-demand outlets like Comcast and iTunes and subscription services like Netflix grew 5% during the January-to-June period.
Physical discs are still the dominant way Americans watch rented movies, accounting for 62% of rentals, NPD said. (Digital made up the other 38%.) Among physical rental options, kiosks like Redbox are the most popular, making up 45% of transactions.