DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says

37 Replies to “DVD and Blu-ray sales nearly halved over five years, MPAA report says”

  1. Which is a shame, since many of the digital services can just flat-out revoke your permission to see films you’ve bought.

    I’m still a fan of physical media, even if I love my Plex, Netflix, Prime, etc.

  2. For me physical media still matters. I have a few dozen shows on DVD that are no longer purchaseable or steamable.

    Mostly stuff like older shows that had limited releases, some anime that will likely never get another NA release, semi obscure stuff.

  3. I haven’t bought a new dvd or blue ray in years, but when I go to yard sales or flea markets I always try to grab movies I like that I have on dvd and see if they are on blu ray for like 1-2 bucks. Same with VHS, I’ll look for dvds of them.

  4. There is a market for a few types of personas now:

    -Underconnected communities with limited high speed internet bandwidth options

    -AV purists who care about bit rate and surround sound quality.

    -Cinephiles who demand to have bonus features l, directors cut, deleted scenes, making of, gag reel, commentary, behind the scenes.

    -Price sensitive folks who prefer the idea of “owning” over “renting” and who like to know their favorite movie will always be there.

    Technology is gradually eroding the argument for these segments, but it isn’t there yet.

  5. I’ll be sad when they totally disappear. My library has tons of DVDs and Blu-rays available to borrow for free. That’s how I’ve seen some movies that aren’t yet available on the streaming services I subscribe to.

  6. I’ve gone the opposite direction, my collection of BluRay and 4K discs has massively grown the last 2 years after I got a big 4k TV and surround sound setup. I get the best possible sound and picture and don’t have to worry about a crooked ISPs bandwidth caps or throttling.
    I really don’t understand who still buys DVDs in 2019 though. They must be completely blind, because DVDs look like shit compared to BluRay or even streaming.

  7. Physical media is the only way to have media that can’t be taken away after the fact. That’s why I keep buying it. I hope people aren’t so short-sighted as to let it die off.

  8. I buy UHD 4K discs, it comes with a Blu-ray copy for any of my friends who want to borrow the movie, plus it come with a digital copy that I import into my iTunes collection. I prefer the hard copy, I like having them displayed in my entertainment center and I believe that the video and audio quality is superior to streaming. I have a Dolby Atmos sound system and I can hear the difference between a stream and a hard copy. Plus…I really like special features!

  9. If not for physical media, I wouldn’t have the entire run of “WKRP in Cincinnati” with the original music, not the bastardized versions they give us in syndication. Also, my “Homicide Life on the Streets” collection and Peter Gabriel Blu-Ray concerts. To name a few. I’ll never give up physical media completely. Hell, I still own two VCRs. 🙂

  10. I’m still buying Blu-Rays, I got burned in the past when the streaming service I “bought” movies from filed for bankruptcy.

    Another reason is that no current streaming service is giving us the quality we can get from blu-ray, not saying the quality from streaming is bad because it isn’t bad, but quality of video and audio is better on blu-ray than streaming.

  11. Streaming “1080p” and streaming “4K” just don’t compare to those resolutions straight off a disc. I’ve been picking up quite a few movies from my local exchange for around $5 a pop, and I actively seek out 4k releases. I can understand the majority of people not really caring though, and just rely on streaming.

  12. I am not really surprised, if you have a 4K TV and want a decent player with up-scaling expect to pay well within $100+ range. At that point you start looking into alternatives like streaming.

    And add to the fact that each Blu-ray/DVD that comes out is not the “definitive” edition, there is no reason to buy one until they release one or two versions later.

  13. Until streaming gives me lossless video and audio, I’ll always buy the best available physical copy of movies I want.

  14. I’m going to keep buying them until they stop making them. Nobody can take away my access to them (barring actually breaking into my house and stealing them).

  15. My blu-ray player has been sitting in a closet for three years. But even before it went in the closet it wasn’t being used.

  16. It’s been years since I’ve bought a new DVD/BD. I’ve actually been slowly selling off my collection of physical media, and the ones I can’t sell have just been getting shipped off to my stepson.

  17. Only reason I’m buying physical is to claim digital copies. But is nice to be able to fall back to a disc you’ve already paid for when your favorite movie or show suddenly disappears from streaming services.

  18. It’s impressive that DVD has held on for so long. It’s been 22 years since the first films were released on DVD in North America, and DVD even managed to do well against its logical successor, Blu-ray.

    However, VOD keeps growing each year, and now with new free ad-supported streaming services and LEO internet satellite constellations getting closer to reality, the DVD’s days are numbered. The last remaining markets for physical media will be collectors and libraries, and they’ll generally be after Blu-ray discs, so content distributed on regular DVD will likely just go over to internet downloads, which is a transition they’ve already been making for a few years.

    That doesn’t mean that the collector’s market won’t be thriving though. I could see the Blu-ray market turning into something like the revived LP record market is in modern music, appealing to collectors and fans with designer cases, special features, alternate cuts, fold-out posters, film stills, and even booklets that detail production notes and trivia from the film.

    Still, its clear by now that we’ve reached the end of the dominance of physical media, and it is now making the somewhat painful transition into becoming a niche product.

  19. I know people love their physical media collection, but I look at mine and just think about how I have only watched most of them only once. They take up so much space. It’s why I try to only purchase media, physical or digital, only if I plan on having multiple re-watches.

  20. These days, I don’t even have time to watch everything I want to see, let alone care about watching it more than once. So DVDs no longer have any purpose to me.

  21. If/when my local DVD/Blu Ray store ever dies, I will go on a shopping spree to pick up whatever I can at a discount, but as long as they’re still around selling used DVD’s and BR’s at $3-5 under MSRP, they can go float a boat.

    I used to be a habitual buyer of these things, but as they’ve shown with… six format changes over the years that reached mass market, I’m kind of done upgrading my movies for whatever’s new and popular.

    Beta -> VHS -> LD -> DVD -> BR -> UHD BR

    If an 8K format ever hit mass market retail, they’d be trying to pull it again on me and I bailed in the middle of the BR push.

    I own 3 UHD movies and I only bought them because they were SE’s. I honestly don’t feel the urge to upgrade EVERYTHING and haven’t since I bailed on DVD in 2007.

    I mean I had a full 1:1 DVD collection to my VHS collection, many obtained through BOGO and B2G1 free offers as well as a few years in the Columbia House club. I had sold those old VHS through resellers and managed to replace about 80 DVD’s through reselling VHS since I was a VERY early adopter.

    When I got to BR, it was primarily waiting for sales occasionally at Frys Electronics or Black Friday deals. I traded in over 400 DVD’s to replace about 20 of my titles on Blu Ray.

  22. Funny, most of the good deals at places like Best Buy have disappeared in that span too. Maybe it’s a price thing too.

  23. You can still buy VCRs though. Interestingly they’re usually more expensive than DVD and Blu-Ray players. Way more moving parts I’m guessing.

  24. I’m actually buying more physical media than ever. With the way streaming rights are being handled now, it won’t be long until every company has everything they have the rights to locked behind their own streaming service. Sure, Disney+ sounds great now but it’s only a matter of time before they start raising prices and vaulting IP to generate an air of exclusivity.

  25. I’ve purchased maybe 3 DVDs this entire decade and it’s probably been 5 years since the last purchase…..I’m surprised it’s only halved.

  26. Matt Damon spoke on the Bill Simmons podcast that the main reason why we don’t see many movies with a $40-80m budget anymore is the decrease in dvd sales. He made his start with movies like The Rainmaker, Courage under fire, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and the Talented Mr. Ripley, all within that $40-80m range.

    But now that studios can’t make back a decent chunk of change on movies after the theater run they’ve gone to either complete Indy films under $20m budget or super blockbusters over $100m. That middle tier that made up most of the 80’s and 90’s has completely disappeared as those movies are way to risky to make.

    And it’s clear that is why we don’t see many quality unique movies. It’s just not worth it to make a $50m movie that has a decent story with the risk it bombs and the studio loses money.

  27. I haven’t bought any in probably five years, haven’t used a redbox in close to three. Does anyone know how Redbox is doing?

  28. my desire to watch 4k movies and my 1TB cap from comcast are not compatible at the moment, so I’m going to stick with disks for the movies that I want to see in full UHD

  29. The big reason I still buy physical is Buffy. I had started going towards digital to save space and stopped buying the series because it was going to be streaming. And if you haven’t seen the remaster for the series it is bad. I worry more studios will not only limit what I can watch but how it is watched.

  30. Remember when Blu Ray first came out and retail outlets were charging $25-30 bucks per movie just because they could? That was when I gave up on physical media for good.

    Now studios aren’t even releasing physical media for tv shows because they think it dilutes their streaming rights.

  31. It’s sad. As an enthusiast in alot of things the consumer is just not always smartest.

    Crossovers suck
    Bluray bitrates are great

  32. Are all of those from the same retard who bought in different Countries and assumed region coding didn’t exist?

    Anything else that’s actually true?

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