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Trade in video content

Value of royalty trade in video (Blu-ray, DVD and VHS) releases, 1991/92–2015/16

Next update April 2018


While the value of video exports has fluctuated greatly since 1991/92, the value of imports has risen steadily over the same period with the US accounting for 68 per cent of imports since 2005/06.

Trade in video material includes sales of feature films and TV programs for video release, as royalty classification is based on the type of market rather than the type of product.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) also reports figures for unidentified audiovisual imports and exports, a portion of which may be for video releases. In 2015/16, there was $62 million in exports and $20 million in imports in this category.

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Value of royalty trade in video releases, 2005/06–2015/16

Graph: Value of royalty trade in video releases, 1991/92-2014/15. Table below has the data.

2005/06–2015/16

Exports ($m) Imports ($m) Deficit ($m)
US UK Other All US UK Other All
2005/06 1 1 -156 -13 -68 -237 -236
2006/07 4 4 -166 -21 -47 -234 -230
2007/08 5 5 -165 -19 -86 -270 -265
2008/09 5 1 1 7 -229 -2 -79 -310 -303
2009/10 1 3 4 -198 n.p. -76 -296 -292
2010/11 n.p. n.p. n.p. 5 -210 -22 -75 -307 -302
2011/12 n.p. n.p. n.p. 3 -198 -20 -101 -317 -314
2012/13 n.p. n.p. -148 -14 -74 -236 n.p.
2013/14 n.p. –– n.p. n.p. -161 -19 -36 -216 n.p.
2014/15 5 5 -158 -15 -47 -220 -62
2015/16 n.p. n.p. n.p. 2 -112 -16 -20 -148 -146

Source: Unpublished data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0).

Notes:
Methodology differs from 1991/92–2004/05 data.
– Nil or rounded to zero.
n.p. Not available for publication but included in totals where applicable.

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1991/92–2004/05

Exports ($m) Imports ($m) Deficit ($m)
1991/92 15 -93 -78
1992/93 18 -90 -72
1993/94 8 -95 -87
1994/95 6 -129 -123
1995/96 17 -121 -104
1996/97 11 -123 -112
1997/98 14 -131 -117
1998/99 15 -141 -126
1999/00 <1 -126 -126
2000/01 7 -115 -108
2001/02 3 -148 -145
2002/03 14 -162 -147
2003/04 8 -171 -163
2004/05 4 -172 -167

Source: Unpublished data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (cat. no. 5302.0).
Includes Australian Film Commission (AFC) estimates. Data revised by the ABS December 2006: 2000/01 export figures as reported by the ABS at June 2006.

Notes:
Before 2005/06, the AFC estimated the total import and export value of video releases by apportioning an amount from the unidentified audiovisual import and export categories reported by the ABS to video release and combining this with the reported video category. Therefore, any comparisons between figures before and after 2005/06 should be made with caution.

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