Will Streaming Services Ever Take Over from DVDs?

A study in the UK revealed that the digital video industry was worth £1.3 billion last year. The same study also revealed that there was a big jump in revenue from digital video services. The amount covers sales from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The same trend can be observed around the world, including in the United States.

Many believe that the rise of digital video services marks the end of optical discs. Sales of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs will soon be in steep decline, according to experts. Will streaming services ever take over from DVDs?

Changes in Lifestyle

The shift to digital streaming services is only natural. People consume media differently thanks to improved mobile devices, capable internet connections, and the available services themselves. Instead of waiting for a movie to download, it is much more convenient to stream the movie on Netflix over a high-speed internet connection.

The shift in lifestyle also brings additional benefits. For starters, there is no need to have big hard drives for storing movies and TV series. Digital content and supporting files are stored in the cloud and all you need to access them is a valid account.

Streaming services are about convenience. Even when you’re traveling, you always have access to thousands of movies using a native app on your smartphone. Viewing experiences may vary depending on the device and internet connection, but the opportunity to watch movies anytime and anywhere is present thanks to streaming services.

The Same Shift in DVDs

While the shift to digital streaming services is affecting downloadable digital contents, it doesn’t have the same effect on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. In fact, the way people now use streaming services triggers a shift in the way people consume DVDs and Blu-Ray discs too.

DVDs may not be the main way to watch movies today, but it is still an essential part of the experience. Movie lovers now find DVDs very collectible. Even better, movie distributors invest more into the DVDs they circulate, adding special cuts, bonus materials, and even memorabilia and special packaging as part of the product.

Yes, DVDs are turning into collectibles for true movie lovers. At the same time, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs offer a more stunning movie viewing experience with the help of digital mastering and HDR.

Opportunities for Indie Filmmakers

There is another reason why DVDs aren’t going away just yet: indie filmmakers. Indie films are being distributed using DVDs as the primary media. It is just a unique – hip – thing to do and it matches the indie filmmaking culture perfectly.

You can find more tools to support this movement. Regular people are turning to DVDs and optical discs, especially with websites such as providing free software and other resources.

So, how does the future look for DVDs? It is safe to say that DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are destined to live alongside streaming services and digital delivery. You’ll still see a lot of movies being made available as DVDs and they will continue to get better in terms of packaging and content.

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