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View Poll Results: The future of DVD/BLURAY/CDs
Like the VCRs, there will be still be small pockets of those who buy them 15 50.00% will render them obsolete (enviromental laws could have an affect too) 8 26.67%
hmmmmmm..let me ponder this 7 23.33%
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Old March 22 2010, 03:10 AM   #1
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why buy DVDs?

Can you see a time when people wont even buy DVDS or BLURAY? I can. I buy less DVDs now, even though I do have a BLURAY now. Why? Because NETFLIX has HD streaming now, as does XBOX..

I looked at my DVD/Bluray collection. I have have to have, at least 500+ DVDs (and thats not including all my TREK dvds). I randomly took one out of its place on my shelf...Witness. Great film with Harrison Ford. I got this DVD five years ago for christmas and I have yet to even open it up and see it....

The Limey? I bought this way back in 1999 on DVD and I have watched it once; last year after I saw THE TAKEN.

I think, within 10-20 years, DVDs are going to go lose out to the streaming/downloading market. You buy it one time and you download it whenever you want to see it..

XBOX does this. I have purchashed several cartoons on XBOX. I delete them after a while, and then when I want to see them, I just press download and they reload without paying...

What do you think? Will 'hardcopy' purchased media (DVDS/CDS) fade away?

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Old March 22 2010, 03:18 AM   #2
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Re: why buy DVDs?

I never fell into the dvd trap. I have maybe 40 dvds over a 9 year period. Most of them are tv shows that are no longer reran on tv. I really dont know why so many people over obsessed over dvds. I barely have time to rewatch what i have, I cant imagine what someone does with 500+ dvd collections. I have a feeling we will see some big collections for sale on ebay in the next 5 years.

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Old March 22 2010, 03:32 AM   #3
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Re: why buy DVDs?

Yeah, I sort of skipped over the DVD buying phase and went straight to renting. I own about 10 DVDs and 10 VHS tapes, and the only time I get any more is if they are given to me as gifts. I rarely rewatch a movie, just like I rarely reread books. I just don't feel a need to unless I've completely forgotten the story. I rent all the movies and tv shows I want to see.
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Old March 22 2010, 03:57 AM   #4
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Re: why buy DVDs?

Technology may render them obsolete, but there will still be enough people interested in purchasing permanent, reliable media for archiving and repeated future enjoyment reasons (no OS-dependent, Net-distributed media option fulfills any of that criteria).

And frankly if we get to the point where environmental laws make any sort of impact, we'll already have been forced to use computers and iPods anyway.

All this goes for CDs as well. People are in for a rude awakening as they abandon physical media. All this jumping on the bandwagon has happened AFTER the great XP and Mac OSX hardware/software/media purge. If you're too young to remember the thousands and millions of dollars worth of products rendered inoperable -- and unreadble -- by an OS "upgrade", just ask your elders who lost their music files, games, video files (Real Media anyone?).

That said, unless Hitler comes back from the dead and takes over and orders everything destroyed, if no new physical media were issued ever again as of tomorrow, there is still ample product already in circulation and available in the secondary market to keep me watching TV, if I wanted to, 24/7 for the remainder of my life. Ditto books and CDs.

As an archivist, I see red as short-sighted people interested in new shiny things push us towards what will be remembered as "the digital gap" by future historians. As a collector, I'm rubbing my hands with glee as I consider the possibility of my copy of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer becoming a rare collectable as everyone else throws their DVDs away.


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Old March 22 2010, 03:58 AM   #5
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Re: why buy DVDs?

CDs are as good as dead, but I don't think DVDs ever will be. Particularly Blu-Rays. The bandwidth just isn't there to take over for them.
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Old March 22 2010, 04:15 AM   #6
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Re: why buy DVDs?

I don't like renting, and I like having tangable media. I like sitting back and looking at my collection filling bookshelves and masturbating to it, er, smiling at it. The idea of my movie collection sitting on a hard-drive in a device in my home that I may or may not have in five years, or that can fail, or having the collection on a server on the otherside of the country doesn't appeal to me.

I will always have tangable media if it is available to me.
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Old March 22 2010, 04:46 AM   #7
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Re: why buy DVDs?

I probably own 10 DVDs in total, mostly stuff I got as gifts. These formats come and go, why invest in any of it? Netflix is great. I consider it my own personal library, and I don't have to devote any of my own storage space to all that crap. There's so much new stuff to watch, I can't get around to rewatching the little I have on DVD. I got Star Trek for Xmas and I still haven't watched it on DVD.
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Old March 22 2010, 04:56 AM   #8
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My friend Mike has never switching over to DVR. He has a network of 6 VCRs at home where he records his shows...I'm amazed he can even find blank VHS tapes...

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Old March 22 2010, 04:59 AM   #9
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It could happen tomorrow if it weren't for three little letters D-R-M. Everything that bad digital music such a success is being ignored for digital movie. You have no rights to import your DVD-Blu Ray library. There are no industry standard file formats. Why? Greed. Every company wants to lock you in to their stuff exclusively to maximize profits. Well, except if you factor in that digital movies and settop boxes just aren't selling.
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Old March 22 2010, 05:16 AM   #10
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Re: why buy DVDs?

RobertScorpio wrote: View Post
My friend Mike has never switching over to DVR. He has a network of 6 VCRs at home where he records his shows...I'm amazed he can even find blank VHS tapes...

People still sell them, what I never seem to see in stores other then Goodwill is actual VCR's.
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Old March 22 2010, 06:05 AM   #11
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You're right. There is a thrift store that sells VCRs, nice ones for their time. I got mike two of them for XMAS to "update" his VCR tech.

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Old March 22 2010, 06:09 AM   #12
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I consider my DvD purchases as economic votes for the kinds of movies and TV shows I want to see produced. It was after all the great sales of Firefly DvDs that brought us the Serenity movie.
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Old March 22 2010, 07:09 AM   #13
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Davros, you hit it right on the head.. Until the industry recognizes downloads as valuable as outright DVD purchases, we'll always see a market for them.

I guess if it wasn't for my kids, my DVD purchases would be few and far between. But there will always be a few movies I want to have some tactile connection to. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Serenity/Firefly, Trek, etc...

I've given up on Netflix, as we never seem to get around to watching the movies we order. The movies we want, we buy.
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Old March 22 2010, 07:48 AM   #14
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I have maybe a thousand or so DVDs and Blu-Rays though my purchasing has slowed down significantly.

I have a Sky+ box, a Sky Movies subscription and Sky Player on my Xbox 360. That gives me a pretty much all you can eat buffet of movies on demand.
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Old March 22 2010, 04:30 PM   #15
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I own a lot of movies, but they are mainly $5 DVDs from Walmart, and TV shows.

Why buy DVD, because I don't have an HD TV and I don't care to get one.
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