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Rentrak Announces Top Ten Digital Movie Purchases & Rentals for the Year 2013

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT), the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced the top ten digital movie purchases and rentals of the year based on consumer transaction rate. The report includes Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and Electronic Sell-Through (EST), for both Standard-Definition and Digital HD movie purchases and rentals.

Warner Brothers' Argo, which won an Oscar® for Best Picture, took the top spot as the #1 Digital Download for 2013 with Warner also taking 4 of the top 10 spots for the year.  Paramount, whose World War Z landed at the #2 position claimed 3 of the top 10 titles of the year.  Overall Warner Brothers ranked as the #1 studio for movies purchased and rented digitally in 2013.

"Electronic Sell-Through (EST) and Internet Video-On-Demand (iVOD) saw significant growth in 2013, largely driven by the terrific films made available by the studios; the growth of Ultraviolet (UV), which now has more than 15 million UV consumer accounts; the addition of more retailers making content available digitally; and studios making more titles available early for purchase on EST," says Chris Roberts, Rentrak's Senior Vice President of Sales of OnDemand Everywhere. 

According to the company's Digital Download Essentials® Industry Service, here are the top ten purchased and rented movies for the year, per data collected from week ending Jan. 6 through Dec. 29, 2013:  

Rentrak Top Ten Digital Movie Purchases and Rentals*:





Argo (2012)

Warner (NYSE: TWX)


World War Z

Paramount (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B)


Star Trek: Into Darkness

Paramount (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B)


We're The Millers (2013)

Warner (NYSE: TWX)


Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Warner (NYSE: TWX)


Now You See Me

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF)


Heat, The




Paramount (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B)


Man of Steel (2013)

Warner (NYSE: TWX)


Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Sony (NYSE: SNE)

Source: Rentrak Digital Download Essentials® Industry Service
*Excludes NBC Universal and Independent Studio Content at this time.

© Rentrak Corporation 2014 – Content in this chart is produced and/or compiled by Rentrak Corporation and its Digital Download Essentials Industry data collection and analytical service, and is covered by provisions of the Copyright Act. The material presented herein is intended to be available for public use. You may reproduce the content of the chart in any format or medium without first obtaining permission, subject to the following requirements: (1) the material must be reproduced accurately; and (2) any publication or issuance of any part of the material to others must acknowledge Rentrak Corporation as the source of the material.

About Digital Download Essentials®
Rentrak's Digital Download Essentials processes daily, census-level iVOD and EST content in more than 160 countries on behalf of many major studios and television networks and is the industry's only reporting and auditing service providing content performance intelligence on purchased and rented movie and television content downloaded via the Internet. Rentrak's Digital Download Essentials Industry service also provides title-level industry intelligence regarding the Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and Electronic Sell-Through (EST) business, for both Standard-Definition and Digital HD movie purchases and rentals.  For more information, visit: https://digitaldownload.rentrak.com/

About Rentrak
Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) is the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. Using our proprietary intelligence and technology, combined with advanced demographics, only Rentrak is the census currency for VOD and movies. Rentrak provides the stable and robust audience measurement services that movie, television and advertising professionals across the globe have come to rely on to better deliver their business goals and more precisely target advertising across numerous platforms including box office, multiscreen television and home video. For more information on Rentrak, please visit www.rentrak.com.

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