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Anyone remotely familiar with the home entertainment landscape knows that DVD is in serious trouble, and another new study seems to confirm it. The study, released by research firm In-Stat, predicts that physical disc sales will decline by $4.6 billion by 2014. Blu-ray disc sales should grow, but not enough to counteract the sharp drop in DVD sales.

Streaming, on the other hand, should grow from its current $2.3 billion to $6.3 billion over the same time period, says the study. In-Stat principal analyst Keith Nissen offered the following on the shifting home entertainment marketplace:

“Video disc rentals will continue their significant decline . . . The convenience and utility of the online offerings are simply too compelling.”

How many of you think the DVD format will still have a place in your home in five years, Insiders? Are In-Stat’s numbers about right, or could streaming supplant physical media even more quickly than they are projecting?

(via CNET)

15 Responses to “Report: Streaming Contributing to Steep Decline in DVD Sales”

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    Vernon Dent [visitor]

    -How many of you think the DVD format will still have a place in your home in five years, Insiders?

    The big loser here is going to be the BD format.

    -Are In-Stat’s numbers about right, or could streaming supplant physical media even more quickly than they are projecting?

    Predicting the inflection point timing is difficult, but it’s inevitable that physical media is will no longer be a *growing* distribution format.

  2. Member [Join Now]

    I think DVD will be around for a few more years at the very least. Blu Ray has an uphill battle. As Bill Gates once said, “Blu Ray will be the last physical format before streaming takes over”.

  3. Member [Join Now]

    It will be interesting to see what happens when people start getting sticker shock from the charges they incur from their ISP when they get charged for major bandwidth usage.

  4. Member [Join Now]

    DVD and Blu-ray will be around for a while yet. Heck, I still have VHS tapes.

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      Shifty [visitor]

      Me too…can’t sell ’em at a garage sale, and now can’t even give ’em away. Found one person who said they will give them a good home at least. Just gave her 80 programs, movies, TV series, etc. She was happy to get them – I was happy to reclaim the space.

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    Jamie [visitor]

    DVD will still be around for quite a while because any major shift in technology takes a long time for a major portion of the population to catch on. Streaming definitely is the future as long as more and more content is made available through that method. Right now they have only taken a chip off of the iceberg in regards to the amount of dvd content available to stream through multiple channels and providers.

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    disks still store information for a very cost per bit.
    streaming movies in crappy quality will never really catch on unless
    there is another way to deliver movies in prestine quality for the rest of us.

    so if dvd is going away then br will take over. in general blu-ray has 6 times the density/quality of movie, thus any other medium will have to compete with that
    level of storage (25 to 50gb) and with 3d coming add 20gb more. yes 70 gig disks are coming.

    so if not blu-ray then what will be the distribution?
    100gb cards? they will cost way too much. bluis the answer.
    they are already working on disks that can hold over 1TB.
    disks will never go away. and bill gates can suck my D!


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    I suspect that we will use a combination of various media and streaming to watch content in 5 years. Many folks have too much invested in dvd disks to simply let them go by the wayside. DVD Players will still be around in some fashion. If you doubt that, note that you can still get turntables to play lp phonograph albums. Personally, I already converted any content that I really care about to digital media (HDD) and have it backed up on another HDD. I will only stream content that I can’t get as physical media.

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    carmine [visitor]

    This article is very stupid…. Streaming is not profitable for studios… they will crush it with Blu Ray… they have to otherwise bootlegging torrents will kill their revenue model… if they keep it in store they will keep their profits.

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      Buzz Killington [visitor]

      I really disagree. The market dictates what is going to work, not the studios regardless of what you believe. Witness Redbox vs. Blockbuster. People didn’t want to pay $5 for a rental when they could get it for $1. We all know where Blockbuster went. Look at the trend of CD Sales – 5 years ago you would have laughed if someone told you Itunes and the various online stores would be making a killing. The fact is the studios don’t like selling singles for $1, because they want to sell the entire album – but they will take $1 over nothing. So where is their power to “crush” itunes? Exactly.

      The reality is that physical media in general is declining – I work in IT and rarely see physical media – virtually all the software we get is via download.

      Whether it is Netflix Streaming, On-Demand/PPV from the cable/satellite company..etc, I can’t see Blu Ray ever reaching the modicum of success that DVD did. Unless the prices dramatically drop, there isn’t a whole lot of benefit from getting a Blu Ray. For me the better picture is not work the markup.

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    Jimbo [visitor]

    Until the sound quality improves with streaming DVD and Blu-ray will stay around.

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    timscarlet [timscarlet]

    With Netflix removing their friends community section, there is a new site for Netflix friends:

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    VCR to DVD Converter [visitor]

    Could I take my VCR wedding recording and transfer it to a Dvd?

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    Joe LittleBear [joe-littlebear]

    Absolutely,, all you need is a VCR/DVD recorder and select VCR -> DVD dubbing….STOP when the wedding tape has ended……then finalize the disc…..or use a separate VCR and DVD recorder…..Use a 3 wire RCA plug patch cord…..plug one end into the VCR on the ” out” side and the other end into the ” input ” side of the DVD recorder…. put a blank disc into the DVD recorder……allow it to format….start the VCR on play and the DVD recorder on record… stop both when the VCR tape is finished….then finalize the DVD disc… Good Luck

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    David [visitor]

    I won’t bite on any streaming service until they start getting the newer movies faster. That is why I haven’t tried Netflix streaming yet. Why would I sign up for Netflix streaming to watch a movie I want to see that they don’t have when RedBox has it ready for me to rent right down the street?