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FEATURE: Why you should get rid of all your DVDs and Blu-Rays

September 2nd, 2013 by bash 4 Comments

Yes, I’ve taken the plunge. I have sold all my DVDs (hundreds of them) via musicMagpie and decided not to go with Blu-ray but with instant streaming. Why do that I hear you ask?

Well, it’s a decision that suits me and while it won’t keep everyone happy to do the same, I think it’s the smartest one if I plan on saving money, storage etc. Of course, over time I could spend more on streaming and downloads, whereas I’ll always have the DVD/Blu-ray at hand, but let’s be honest, 99% of people eventually move on from what they had before. Remember VHS?

With the growth of devices such as iPads and the Kindle Fire, people, like myself, are now watching their favourite shows and movies on such handheld equipment (I regularly watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer on my iPhone). While a lot of people still prefer to have that physical property in their hand it’s interesting to note that there is now an increasing number watching things online via the likes of Netflix.

According to a report last year by research firm IHS Screen Digest, digital viewing is on course to outpace the physical medium. It says that the main force behind the growth in online content is the aforementioned Netflix and Amazon Prime, which made up 94% of all paid movie viewing in 2011.

“We’re looking at the beginning of the end of the age of movies on physical media like DVD and Blu-Ray,” said Dan Cryan, senior principal analyst for IHS.

In recent months, of course, there an has been an effort to increase the sales of Blu-rays because of the growing popularity of online streaming, through the release of combo packs with Blu-ray Discs and DVDs as well as digital copies that can be played on computers and iPods. For me, this doesn’t help as it is still taking up valuable space at home.

While Blu-Rays obviously have their advantages (superior picture quality being the most pertinent), it’s only a matter of time before online streaming catches up. Until then (and it should happen a lot quicker than people think) I’ll continue to watch content online and save that extra space for my books, but that’s a topic for another day…..

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Hi all. I'm Bash and love anything and everything to do with Star Wars. Although I've watched hundreds of movies, read dozens of books and played numerous computer games from other genres and franchises since, nothing has come close to seeing George Lucas' epic for the very first time. I hope you all like the site and come back often.

4 Responses

  1. Marcus A. says:

    You’re an idiot. Home media will never be obsolete. Just as electronics makers continue to innovate with handhelds, the home media will also stay progressive. Always. Netflix and the likes will remain viable options, but there will always be a huge demographic of those who enjoy building actual librarys for the sheer organic thrill of it, if not only to enjoy the decor which provides theatre ambiance. …and if downloads (Netflix, Amazon etc.) is so advance, then why is it taking so long for the picture quality to catch up blu ray? Yeah, go ahead and give one of your technically filled, gibberish answers to make you appear smarter, but one that your readers will shrug off as “he doesn’t really know”. All told, stop trying to be the “end all, be all” de facto authority on the matter and embrace all formats.

    • Ben Anonymous says:

      If you read the article you’ll see Bash said it’s not for everyone but it suited him. He never claimed to be an authority on anything. Thanks for your comments Marcus but we’d appreciate it if you chilled out a bit. Cheers. M

  2. Marcus A. says:

    I read the article, which clearly stated, “you’re looking at the beginning of the end”. I merely disagreed with that assessment. No blogger or columnist can make a definite proclamation to that. If that was the case, the actual theatre would be obsolete by now. Studios would allow brand new movies to be down loaded. That wont happen because people still go out, just as they are very much into building their own libraries/catalogs. Because someone else speaks what they feel about the subject matter, doesn’t require them to “chill out”.

    • Ben Anonymous says:

      Your opening statement was ‘you’re an idiot’. Plus Bash stated facts and figures that support his claims. We’re open to debate, in fact we encourage it. However when your opening salvo is to insult someone then you are rendering your argument, no matter how fair or accurate, redundant. I stick to my previous recommendation to chill out. M

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