Is DVD going away?

miTunes75

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I was at Wal-mart today and noticed that DVDs (unless new releases) have dropped dramatically in price. I also noticed that wal-mart had a small selection of blu-ray. With the dramatic drop, ya think blu-ray or hd-dvd is going to take over?

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Iscariot

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Personally, I'm much more interested in digital distribution or renewable media sources. There's a heavy manufacturing and environmental toll associated with CDs and DVDs. With our current broadband speeds, digital distribution is more environmentally sound than purchasing CDs, and as internet access speeds increase the same may soon be said for video as well.
 

Abstract

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Moving from VHS to DVD will be considered fast relative to the switch from DVD to HD Video of any sort. You need a TV that can display HD properly, and not everyone has that. In fact, most people today STILL aren't buying HDTVs when purchasing a new TV. These people are going to make a slow transition over to HD, as they wait for their current LCD television to age.

A new TV wasn't required (for most people) when moving from VHS to DVD. Also, I don't think most people watch DVDs thinking, "Wow, I really wish the picture quality didn't suck so much." Most people are generally content enough to not "need" a new HDTV and Blu-ray or HD-DVD player.
 

MacNut

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People are also waiting to see what format wins, HD or Blue-Ray, I don't think DVD's will die anytime soon.
 

Ugg

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Moving from VHS to DVD will be considered fast relative to the switch from DVD to HD Video of any sort. You need a TV that can display HD properly, and not everyone has that. In fact, most people today STILL aren't buying HDTVs when purchasing a new TV. These people are going to make a slow transition over to HD, as they wait for their current LCD television to age.

A new TV wasn't required (for most people) when moving from VHS to DVD. Also, I don't think most people watch DVDs thinking, "Wow, I really wish the picture quality didn't suck so much." Most people are generally content enough to not "need" a new HDTV and Blu-ray or HD-DVD player.
Yep, it's not the disc that counts but the screen you view it on. I've been reading that the larger HD LCDs will probably drop in price this next year so adoption of HDTV will probably accelerate but until 2/3 or more of the population has HDTV, adoption of HD or Blu Ray will be slow.

I'll bet that it's not until 2010 before HD or Blu Ray takes off in a big way.
 

zap2

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Cheap DVDs...I'm loving it!


Childern of Men, came out last year, was only 10 bucks at Best Buy...I picked it up!




I'd really starting to buy more DVDs, rip them, and watch them on my Mac/iPod/iPhone

If I recall DVDs recently passed VHS in total number of players in homes...some time in '07. I see DVD being sold, with all the new movies easliy into 2010
 

jlewis2k1

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At my new store that I have transferred too (target), I have noticed that the Music department is cut down dramatically due to digital sales. Also, that my Movies department is considerably larger with more blue-ray and HD movies. Before, they had only like 2 or 3 sections of blue ray and HD movies. Now, they have 2 to 3 aisles of them. On top of that, there are nothing but HD TVs that we carry in the new store. I have also noticed that most of the tvs are ready for the 2009 requirement from FCC. For those of you that are not familiar with the requirements established by the FCC, all TVs must be digital ready or HD ready.

So, I personally, do not see DVDs going anytime soon only because the sales of them is still growing strong. Just like others have said, it would be a good 5 to 7 years before DVDs are phased out.

Note: By all means I am not a representative for Target, just a specialist for Movies, Music and Books.
 

notjustjay

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At my new store that I have transferred too (target), I have noticed that the Music department is cut down dramatically due to digital sales.
Part of it, I think, is a vicious circle of self-fulfilling prophecy. People have a huge variety in taste for music, and no retail store is ever going to stock everything. You can, however, find just about anything online, whether iTunes, etc. So sales at Wal-Mart drop because they don't have what you're looking for, and when sales drop they don't feel the need to order more, which makes it all the less likely that they'll stock the CD you were looking for, so you go online...

Given the choice I try to order the CD online from Amazon or someplace, before I'll buy a purely digital download. I like having physical media to put on a shelf.
 

twoodcc

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so does anyone think like steve jobs.....how he said that dvds are going away? not that blu-ray or hd-dvd will replace it (it will eventually), but that broadband will be the replacement

in a sense, as someone already mentioned, it would be nice to use hard drives instead of disks. the only downside is your hard drive will fill up, and you can have hundreds of dvds on the floor.

as a movie/music collector (kinda), i'd rather have everything in itunes, instead of pulling out my dvds and searching for something to watch, the old fashioned way