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Film industry worried about falling DVD sales

Published onsdag 5 november 2014 kl 11.49
"We won't be able to make films to the same extent as before"
(1:50 min)
Are streaming services the reason behind falling DVD sales? Photo: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee/TT

Swedes are renting and buying fewer DVD and blu-ray discs, according to new statistics, and figures in the Swedish film industry are now worried that might put the Swedish motion picture industry in danger.

According to Stefan Lampinen, CEO for the Nordic branch of giant Warner Bros and head of the the Swedish video distributors association, sales and rental of DVDs look like falling by around 21 percent in 2014. Some of that has been put down to the growth of streaming services, such as Netflix, but some figures in the industry are concerned.

Speaking to Swedish Radio's Arts Department, film producer Lena Rehnberg says there is a feeling of "catastrophe".

"I've been working in this industry for 30 years", she says, "and I have never seen a crisis like this before. I think we are looking at a paradigm shift."

She adds that no streaming or digital sales method has so far compensated for the fall in physical sales or rentals, and that could have a serious effect on the production of Swedish film.

"At the end of the day it is a question for the Culture Ministry and minister Alice Bah Kuhnke", she adds, "What shall we do with Swedish film? When will we get more money? As it looks now we won't be able to make films to the same extent as we did before."

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