According to CNET, DVD sales are down 20 percent.  And while I can’t speak for anyone but myself, I know that if there’s a choice between downloading a movie via iTunes or purchasing a DVD, I will virtually always go with iTunes.

That’s taking into account that my internet connection isn’t the fastest, and that it can take at least an hour or so to download a gigabyte (1024 MB) of data.  The same thing applies to Netflix in that, despite the sometimes iffy picture quality of streamed films (particularly those that are older), I can wait till a film appears there, as opposed to purchasing a DVD.

Then there’s the realization that iTunes movie downloads are sometimes cheaper than a comparable DVD. For example, iTunes has the Green Hornet (with iTunes Extras) for $12.99, minus any sales tax.  Amazon sells the DVD for $15.99, and the Blue-ray version for $19.99.

Part of the problem is that, as consumers get more savvy, they realize that there are more options available to them.  These options increase almost exponentially when they realize that they can wait for a new release, as opposed to getting it the minute that it leaves the theater.

Now keep in mind that, according to the same article, that DVD sales still are a multi-billion dollar business, though that’s decline from past levels.

That being said, I would worry less about DVD sales than Blue-ray sales because it has been relatively slow to catch on among the public, and supposedly was to replace DVD’s.

So, if the decrease in DVD’s isn’t being to some degree compensated by an increase in Blue-ray sales, then the movie industry is truly in trouble.

Though, also according to CNET, Blue-ray disks are selling just fine.  If this is the case, it seems to me to be saying that what we are witnessing–in reference to the decline in DVD sales–is a transition from one platform to another.

Using this logic, we can probably expect DVD sales to fall even more, while Blue-ray continues to make an upswing.

2 thoughts on “DVD R.I.P?

  1. I’d personally rather have a hard copy than an iTunes copy or other digital copy. Digital copies take up space on my hard-drive that I need for other things. I also can’t watch a digital copy on my TV with my current setup. These are all reasons thatI don’t worry about getting a digital copy.

    Blu-ray is taking time to launch because players have only just started to become affordable and the selection is only a fraction of comparable DVD sales. Just visit a store and look at the Blu-ray Vs. DVD section. The Blu-ray only takes a fraction of the space to display all available titles that the DVD section needs. Blu-ray will take off once the selection grows and people can’t find the movies they want on DVD. It takes a few years to switch from one storage medium to another.

  2. I see your point about hard copies, but while a digital copy may take up space on your hard drive, hard drives are cheaper than ever. I don’t know about you, but I have at least a hundred music CD’s, most of which have been already digitized, so what they do is take up space in my living room.

    Personally, I would rather just get another hard drive and box the DVD’s (I would sell them, but I can’t shake the feeling that the minute I do, I will be hit by an EMP or electro-magnetic pulse, rendering my electronics little more than expensive paperweights.

    My issue with Blue-ray–though prices are coming down for players and Blue-ray DVD’s–is less with the format that the movies themselves are in than many movies aren’t worth owning.

    I mean, does it really matter how great the pictures quality is, when the film is barely worth watching (I use the same argument for high-definition, or HD, television).

    Which is ironic because I really love movies, and while many are worth seeing, relatively few are worth keeping.

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