DVD's Are Obsolete
Are dvd's obsolete?
Is it the end of an era for dvd's and Blu-ray? I don't know about you but I just recently bought my first Blu-ray player a few months ago. I had to wait that long for the technology to be cheap enough. And as for dvd's, well I am a big movie buff and I own over 4,000 dvd's.
There is a new era upon us. It seems that Apple's new line up of computers will come without any dvd drives. Apple users won’t be needing so much storage because they will be releasing the new iCloud service this fall. It will have 5 gigs of free storage where you can "store your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more". Once a file is loaded on one device it will be available on any other Apple devices owned by the same person.
Most technology now can be hooked to your Ethernet line where your files are easily transferred over the Internet. For example if you own a PlayStation3, you can hook your ethernet cord to the back of your machine and stream movies through your Netflix account. Though this is very convenient and easy to use, will it actually make dvd's obsolete?
I do not believe it will. Here are a few reasons why I believe Blu-Rays and dvd's are going to stick around despite Apple's best efforts.
Dvd's are cheap. You can buy a whole spool of dvd's for around $20.00. Blu-Ray's are more expensive. But for that $20.00 I spent I have 50 disks that I can put home movies on. I can back up other dvd's that I own. I can store many files on that dvd. Hard drive's are great, but what if it crashes? Then all of those family pictures and videos are just gone. When you could have easily backed them up onto a dvd. And maybe even backed up your back up copy.
Dvd's are easy to find. I remember I had a lot of VHS tapes of old movies. When dvd's came out a lot of the old movies were never transferred over to dvd's. This is going to be an issue for the digital frontier. People are going to want to watch movies that they grew up with. But I guarantee you not all of your favorite movies will be available for the foreseeable future. Besides there are plenty of places around that distribute movies that you just cannot get. Take Chinatown for instance. Say you grew up in China but you live in the states now. You cannot just go into your local Blockbuster and rent as many Chinese flicks that you want that are in your native tongue. You might find a few in the foreign section, but only having a few movies available to watch would get boring pretty quick.
Not everyone has a high-speed connection. I know a lot of people find this hard to believe but there are still plenty of people out there using dial up. Personally I couldn't sit there and listen and wait while a modem pings up and you wait for 10 minutes for a page to load. But hey there are plenty of people that do it.
And finally I believe that dvd's will be around for at least the next 15 to 20 years because there are a lot of people that just aren't tech savvy. Or they do not want to get rid of their collection of dvd's that they spent thousands of dollars on. I know for me personally I just finally gave away all of my VHS's a couple of years ago. Well, I still kept some that are not available on dvd yet.