CES - Why movies sold on disc still matter

DVD is a tough act to follow

Over the course of the past couple of years, as the Blu-ray Disc vs. HD DVD smack down continued, I've often seen postulating in the press and among the public that neither disc format is going to matter in the future.

Admittedly, no one can say with certainty that these formats--most likely Blu-ray, in light of Warner's recent exclusivity announcement--will match the success of their predecessor, DVD. No question DVD is a tough act to follow: the format is widely considered the most successful consumer electronics format ever launched.

The reality is that, based on where we are today, the demand for packaged media--and devices to play them--appears quite healthy. The Digital Entertainment Group, which exists to promote the video industry, highlighted some industry numbers at its annual event that underscore why movie studios and hardware manufacturers both care about finding the high-def successor to DVD.

The DVD category alone was responsible for US$45 billion in spending worldwide, according to DEG data. DVD and high-definition packaged media numbers, in terms of dollars, were also impressive: US$300 million in high-def disc sales, and US$23 billion in disc software sales in 2007.

"The buying and renting of packaged media remains a core choice for consumers," says the group's executive director, Amy Jo Smith. In the future, "digital delivery promises additional options, but we believe packaged media will continue to co-exist [with downloads]."

This, ladies and gentlemen, illustrates why the industry is rallying around a disc-based format for high-definition content. Not to mention the impact of the spending we consumers do on growing our personal DVD movie libraries.

Next stop, high-definition discs anyone? Who's ready to take that plunge?

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Melissa Perenson

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?