According to The Hollywood Reporter, DVD releases based on television fare will remain a big growth segment for Hollywood studios in the coming years, with U.S. revenue from this market set to rise 30% per year from an estimated $2.3 billion this year to $3.9 billion in 2008, Merrill Lynch said in a research report released Wednesday.

Overall U.S. DVD spending will reach $16.5 billion this year, the report estimates. This would mean that TV DVDs -- from The Sopranos to The Simpsons and The Apprentice -- will make up about 14% of this boom market for studios this year.

While Wall Street often has been bearish on the studio part of media conglomerates, Merrill analyst Jessica Reif Cohen said that TV DVDs are reinforcing growth from the overall DVD market and shifting the economic advantage back to the studios.