Movies are often more than an immersion in another world. Depending on your age, interests and when you grew up, films can be an investment that takes you back in time to when you first viewed your favorite movie.
DVDs and Blu-ray releases stand as the last physical release method before the age of streaming services. Collectors around the world hold onto DVDs and Blu-rays for a number of reasons, but what’s the future of this platform? Think twice before giving up on DVDs, because they’re more valuable to your viewing experience than you might think.
Advancements in Digital Media
Streaming services have their fair share of benefits. However, paying one monthly fee for access to “unlimited” content can be somewhat limiting. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime may not have your favorite titles available for streaming.
When you rely on streaming services, your viewing desires are limited to what’s available within your subscription. If you don’t find the title, you can’t watch it — not to mention you’re going to need a reliable internet connection to stream on the go. If your internet service ever goes down you will be out of luck for anything to watch.
Will DVDs Be Discontinued?
It’s not uncommon for old media to be replaced by newer technologies. After all, we saw this happen after VHS tapes were slowly replaced by DVDs. While the future of DVDs and Blu-rays is uncertain, the future of playing them isn’t looking too bright.
Samsung officially announced this year that it would stop producing its line of 4K Blu-ray players in the United States. Don’t let this scare you if you currently collect DVDs and Blu-rays. Households often have multiple players under one roof, so Samsung is only cutting back where necessary.
Filmmakers need to worry about the content being released to DVD and Blu-ray. If DVDs and Blu-rays were going to die out, we wouldn’t continue to see Redbox rental stations and stores with new releases. It’s difficult to say if or when DVDs and Blu-rays will be discontinued, but you should pick up your favorite movies while you can for their incredible viewing experience.
Should I Buy DVDs?
DVDs and Blu-rays remain superior to streaming technologies when it comes to how you view a film. Physical releases don’t require the compressing of picture and audio that occurs with streaming. Home Wi-Fi and file sizes largely dictate what you get from a streaming server.
DVDs and Blu-rays offer 4K resolution, which outperforms the industry standard of 1080p. Blu-ray discs and DVDs offer more picture information than HD streaming, which will give you more control over factors such as contrast and color.
Whether you should continue to buy DVDs is dependent on what you want to get from your media. Streaming services can’t provide you with special features, deleted scenes, outtakes, interviews and commentaries like DVDs and Blu-rays can.
The Future of DVDs and Blu-rays
DVDs, Blu-rays and streaming services all have their advantages, so only time will tell what’s going to happen to our favorite platforms. If vinyl records could disappear and resurface, why couldn’t DVDs and other home video paraphernalia? Consumers are playing a pivotal role in the future of the filmmaking industry whether they realize it or not.
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