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Disc sales down 14%

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Wednesday, 10th January 2018, 23:25

http://www.darkhorizons.com/the-disc-sales-decline-surged-in-2017/

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Disc sales were down by 14% last year, falling to $4.7 billion. That comes just one year after registering a decline of nearly 10%. The drop in physical rentals was even more visible with video rental stores and kiosk rentals declining a combined 17% – falling to just over $2 billion.

I love and prefer physical media, for movies anyway, don't really care about it for games.

It's so annoying that the industry has stuck with it's old business models of region encoding and too high priced releases. It's like they want to put their content at the mercy of Amazon and Apple, completely unaware of how that will affect their profits over time.

Wonder Woman is £13 on Blu-ray, £9.20 on DVD, £20 for the 3D release (no wonder people don't bother with 3D when it's so expensive to buy the movies), and £25 for the 4K version (it's like they are trying to make UHD still-born).

Rent it from Google via YouTube or Play for £3.50, let's face it most people only want to watch it once.


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RE: Disc sales down 14%

Pete-MK (Elite Donator) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 10:09

I'd certainly buy a lot more Blu-rays if I could easily play them on my PC. But no, jumping through hoops is the way forward, apparently

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RE: Disc sales down 14%

mbilko (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 12:50

Back in the day i was an avid collector, i mean a ridiculous amount which are still in assorted lofts at mates and ex gf's, i had wall units with hundreds up which drove the other half nuts :), anyway, i couldn't tell you the last time i actually bought a dvd, been racking my brain and honestly no clue, the fact i travel loads and now have the MacBook air so no dvd drive probably doesn't help.

RE: Disc sales down 14%

sj (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 16:51

What's the difficulty watching them on a PC Pete?

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RE: Disc sales down 14%

bandicoot (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 17:52

Have to agree that new released DVD's are overpriced.
They are cutting their own throats with such high prices.

i wanted 'Death in Paradise' season 6 (3 disc set) for one of my Xmas presents, as I have the whole lot of DVD's going back to the beginning, and it was £16.99 on release, which I would never pay for. In the months up to Christmas, I got it in HMV for £9.99.

I rarely pay a tenner now for a DVD unless I am specifically looking for one like the above, and tend to get them secondhand out a Charity shop, or new (resale) in Pound shops.

RE: Disc sales down 14%

marksparks999 (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 18:31

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What's the difficulty watching them on a PC Pete?

Having just researched laptops to buy one for my daughter, it appears the cd/dvd drive is history, very few seem to have them, i specifically chose a a dell pc as it had one.

RE: Disc sales down 14%

Jitendar Canth (Reviewer) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 19:10

Got an external DVD and an external BD connected to my laptop, it has an internal DVD too, so that’s not too much of a chore. DVD software is ubiquitous, practically standard, but for BD you have to shell out for dedicated playback software, and/or a decryptor on top, and none of it plays as well as a stand alone Blu-ray player.

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RE: Disc sales down 14%

Pete-MK (Elite Donator) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 19:14

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sj says...
"What's the difficulty watching them on a PC Pete?
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Blu-rays won't play on a standard monitor via  a VGA cable, which I have. they'll play through a HDMI to a small TV setup, but for me, I don't really want to be watching a TV screen from 18 inches away.

There was a way to strip out the enconding with AnyDVD HD but the copyright companies (led by Sony, IIRC) took them to court and the software is now owned and released by Redfox, who want 59 euros a year so you can watch your own Blu-rays on your own PC.

I've managed to find another player to watch them, but there's no menu control, so if you're the type of person who likes the behind the scenes stuff as much as the movie itself, it's a case of trawling through a list of untitled chapters, without knowing what's you're actually watching. Also, some movies, like X-men apocalypse, are still so heavily encoded they're unwatchable anyway.

It's just obstructive, infuriating and unnecessary, when DVDs are, and have been playable from day 1. The introduction of a new media was obviously seen as another way to cling onto property, even though the consumer was paying their fair share anyway


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RE: Disc sales down 14%

dkuk2000 (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 11th January 2018, 20:36

I have around 1500 DVD's in my collection however I rarely buy new now unless they are on offer (under a tenner), Most DVD's I buy these days are from music magpie for a couple of quid.


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RE: Disc sales down 14%

sj (Elite) posted this on Friday, 12th January 2018, 09:26

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Pete-MK says...
"Blu-rays won't play on a standard monitor via a VGA cable, which I have. they'll play through a HDMI to a small TV setup, but for me, I don't really want to be watching a TV screen from 18 inches away."
I thought you could connect a PC with a BD Player (and software) to a TV (HDMI surely?) and it plays.  What is the actual issue that makes everything so difficult?  Why does HDMI only play to a small TV?  I completely understand why it wouldn't work through VGA as you could easily strip out the video and copy it.

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