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Old 12-18-2020, 06:14 PM   #1
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Only 14 days till the New Year and I've been wondering why DVDs are still in production. Yes, for its time they were great, but now it's just old technology considering Blu-rays and 4K UHD exist now. Plus, streaming is normally all in HD (and even 4K).

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Old 12-18-2020, 06:17 PM   #2
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Only 14 days till the New Year and I've been wondering why DVDs are still in production. Yes, for its time they were great, but now it's just old technology considering Blu-rays and 4K UHD exist now. Plus, streaming is normally all in HD (and even 4K).

What's your opinion?
There's an existing thread on this. I'll see if I can find it for you. The long and short of it is that DVDS make up the majority of sales in the physical market. As long as that's the case, I don't see them no longer being produced in the immediate future.

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Old 12-18-2020, 06:24 PM   #3
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How much longer will DVD last ?

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread...8#post18159738
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I can't for the life of me find the thread I'm thinking of. Hopefully Lee's will have information for you.
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:40 PM   #5
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Let's hope this doesn't happen anytime soon, because if it did a lot of movies and tv series probably wouldn't get released at all on physical media!
Look at all the tv series never released on blu-ray but were released on dvd.
Much better to have on dvd than NOT at all, don't you agree?
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:52 PM   #6
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All three disc formats will live and die together. As of last year it was still a $10 billion market (worldwide).
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:52 PM   #7
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Only 14 days till the New Year and I've been wondering why DVDs are still in production.
Because they make money. So why should they be discontinued?
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:53 PM   #8
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Libraries need dvds, especially those in cash strapped areas that can’t afford blurays.
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Only 14 days till the New Year and I've been wondering why DVDs are still in production. Yes, for its time they were great, but now it's just old technology considering Blu-rays and 4K UHD exist now.
BD/4K players and drives are not as accessible or widespread to consider them viable alternatives to DVD.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:00 PM   #10
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Because they make money. So why should they be discontinued?
I was thinking as a customer. That is, quality over quantity, but I agree that if distributors decide to still release a movie/show on DVD today then it's better than nothing.

I mean, there is streaming and digital purchases though you don't really own that.

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BD/4K players and drives are not as accessible or widespread to consider them viable alternatives to DVD.
What? A PS3 console has a BDP and they're so cheap nowadays, and so are standalone BDPs themselves.

That would have been true 10-12 years ago, not now.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:18 PM   #12
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DVDs still sell, and a lot of people are not interested in owning any video game console, let alone one that can play Blu-ray or UHD.

I very rarely buy/watch DVDs, but I'm in the minority. If DVD makes someone happy, more power to them.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:23 PM   #13
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Only 14 days till the New Year and I've been wondering why DVDs are still in production.
Because they still sell. Most people aren't video snobs, and fast internet isn't available in all areas for HD streaming.

Fact is, people obsessed with video quality and bitrates are in the minority. As are hardcore movie fans.

DVD is "good enough" for a lot of folks and most casual viewers.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:25 PM   #14
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There are still many things I cannot buy on any format but DVD. While SD content can be put on a Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray has this perceived notion that it should only be used for HD content with a number of consumers severely criticizing anything less.

My question is, why can't DVD continue to exist? Why do people hate DVDs so much that they wish it would go away? What would it fix? Absolutely nothing. We would only get less on physical media.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:34 PM   #15
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I can only speak with experience about Broward County, FL and Bernalillo County, NM public libraries. All have hundreds and hundreds of DVDs to rent for free. All you need is a Library Card which is also free.

Best Buy still sells a $20 DVD player while Walmart sells 5 different models all under $25.
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What? A PS3 console has a BDP and they're so cheap nowadays, and so are standalone BDPs themselves.

That would have been true 10-12 years ago, not now.
You're saying that an out-of-production gaming console is anywhere near equivalent of the hundreds of varied equipments that include a DVD drive?

Even talking about computers alone, the amount of those that had a BD drive is virtually insignificant.
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I can only speak with experience about Broward County, FL and Bernalillo County, NM public libraries. All have hundreds and hundreds of DVDs to rent for free. All you need is a Library Card which is also free.

Best Buy still sells a $20 DVD player while Walmart sells 5 different models all under $25.
Not to mention those are in 1080p variants these days and aren't a tangled mess like in the RGB days, which is rather nice.
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No. Why?

We should all be supporting all forms of physical media against the scourge that is streaming.
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I would love to see shows (that were filmed on tape) go to SD-Blurays. I love the concept of SD-Blurays. I just for the Fist of the North star series (153 ep. on 3 discs). It's space saving and you get a small boost in quality.

On the flip side, I still get DVDs if the bluray isn't worth the upgrade
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4K UHD discs have a better chance of going the way of the laserdisc before DVD
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