What Do You Think? (Video Disks)

Going up in flames?

About 10 years ago, I could not imagine a world without video disks of movies. Over several years I had amassed a vast collection of movies (lost cost) on DVD. Then along comes BluRay. GEEZ, now I have to start replacing all of my favorite DVDs into this new, high-definition format.

What’s a girl to do? 

Well over the past several years, what has happened is not what I expected to happen – I have not replaced that many of my DVDs; in fact my DVD purchasing has very nearly ground to a screeching halt. Why?

After giving this question some thought I have come up with the following reasons:

  1. Most of my movies in my DVD collection were not shot in the high-definition format thereby making purchasing them in HD a moot point.
  2. Economics – as I have gotten older, the economics of purchasing movies is no longer as feasible as it once was. My discretionary income is now divvied up into other categories.
  3. Death of bricks and mortar – let’s face it – the “see me, by me” retail model really does have an impact on your decision to purchase merchandise.
  4. (more importantly) I have discovered various alternative means of acquiring my video content. Whether it is via streaming, digital downloading or a host of other products and services made available, I just have not been purchasing or ordering video disks of movies in any form lately.
I wonder if this is an overall trend or just something that I am experiencing? I know anecdotally that DVD/BluRay sales are not exactly where the movie industry wants them to be, but I have not looked up the hard numbers to support this claim. Have any of you seen the data?
In addition I have the following questions for my audience:
  • Have your DVD/BluRay purchase patterns changed drastically over the past several years?
  • What is your principle means of acquiring copies or gaining access to your favorites movies nowadays?
  • What do you think is the future of purchasing hard copies of your favorite movies?