2012: the end of the DVD?

Tue 24 April 2012 13:00, Tamara Yadvichuk

2012: the end of the DVD?

Educational site TheDegree360 published an infographic which practically buried the DVD format: according to it, this year the number of movies viewed online will for the first time exceed the number of movies watched in all physical formats combined! 

It looks like the DVD format might disappear just like the VHS tape and Lasterdisc did a few years ago, as more and more movie-lovers switch to streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, not to mention numerous ways to download pirated movies.

Similar things are happening all over the world with movies, TV-shows, music, and to some extent, with books: physical formats are struggling to compete with the ever-growing amount of online alternatives.

Music companies are trying to stop their copyright content from being distributed on the Internet for free - remember the copyright case between GEMA and YouTube? As for books, magazines and newspapers, there are lots of ways to get them online (paid or free), and read on e-readers or tablets. Google even went a step further and combined all the entertainment content in an integrated cloud with Google Play.

I asked a few friends what they think of this ongoing ‘internetization’ of entertainment, and in which format they prefer to watch movies, listen to music and read books. It turned out that for the majority only paper books couldn’t be replaced by digital ones (holding the book and flipping pages appears to be much better than reading from the screen). As for CDs and DVDs, 3 out of 5 people agreed that it’s cool to have your favorite movie on a special edition DVD, or a CD signed by the band at the concert where you bought it, but you can’t possibly buy and store all the movies and albums you want to watch and listen to.

Let us know in the comments how YOU prefer to watch, listen and read. Meanwhile, here’s the infographic by TheDegree360 predicting the imminent end of the DVD format. Enjoy!


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