It’s no secret that DVD sales have been on the decline for years. So are DVDs dying out? Will that nostalgic round disc become obsolete in the near future? While predicting the future is difficult, it is likely that DVDs will experience a similar fate to VHS movies.
DVDs will never completely die out. As long as there is a demand for DVDs, there will always be a niche market for it. DVD discs will therefore not become obsolete, but turn into a collector’s item. However, the average consumer will move on from DVD and Blu-ray to digital streaming services.
Keeping your old DVDs is definitely worthwhile. A DVD could be worth a lot of money and turn into a rare collector’s item in the near future. It can be worthwhile to check if old movies might be worth anything. A lot of rare DVDs are already worth $1000 USD or more on eBay!
DVDs Are Dead, Long Live DVDs!
It’s no secret that the vast majority of people no longer buys those ‘old-school’ discs. ‘Netflix and chill‘ is what the youngsters are all about these days. You don’t put a disc in a player, you simply select the streaming service of choice and immediately start watching.
But that doesn’t mean that people no longer appreciate old video formats. In the popular days of DVDs, there were still a lot of VHS-enthusiasts. And similarly, right now there are a lot of people still very interested in the world of disc-based movies.
In fact, it’s quite amazing that a lot of stores still have a large section for DVDs to this day, as they aren’t optimized for 1080p HD. That’s where Blu-ray was supposed to shine, right? The new video format did take over the majority of the market share, but that shouldn’t take away our love for the older formats.
Blu-Ray Made DVD Obsolete
Don’t bother to put a Blu-ray disc in a DVD player, because it won’t be of any use. The newer video format is capable of High Definition-quality, so it’s a whole different beast. Blu-ray is a confusing beast with many different varieties, from old to new:
- Standard Blu-ray (BD-25)
- Blu-ray Extra Large (BD-XL)
- Ultra HD Blu-ray (4K)
Not confusing at all, right! Blu-rays might have made DVDs obsolete, but the Blu-ray disc variety is so confusing (and often incompatible) for the consumer, that it’s not really a good replacement either. That’s where digital streaming services started to take over. The logical next step: taking the video data to ‘the cloud’.
The Rise Of Cloud Streaming Services
DVDs can go bad in storage, but cloud streaming is forever. Well, you don’t really own the movies. It’s just a monthly subscription that gives you access to data that’s not yours.
The introduction of digital streaming services gave users access to a huge library of movies, TV shows, and other multimedia. And they are competing for the market share, as more and more streaming services are being introduced:
- Amazon Prime
- HBO Max
It’s just a small cross-section of the market that’s about to take over the world. Or have they done so already? The virtual movies that you borrow for a short moment are extremely popular. No ownership, only subscriptions. Convenience at its best!
And obviously, every streaming service will have its own exclusive shows and movies to choose from, so users are forced to have multiple subscriptions. Capitalism at its finest.
The digital streaming world has arguably made both Blu-ray and DVD discs obsolete. Over time, streaming services will take more of the market share Blu-ray and DVDs currently have. However, there will always be room for older video formats such as DVD for collectors and nostalgia-seekers.
What’s your opinion on the shift that the movie-world has seen over the last few decades? Do you miss DVDs, or disc-based media in general? Or are you still actively using them? I’d love to hear about your views, so share them in the comments below. In the meantime, make sure to keep enjoying those ‘dying DVDs’ while you still can!