- Dec 21, 1998
The MPAA recently reported the sales of BluRay/DVD has taken a dramatic drop of 50% . Streaming was reported as the reason for the drop in sales of physical media. Netflix alone was reported to have almost 150 million subscribers. Recently important people in entertainment asked for rule changes so movies produced and financed by Netflix did not qualify for the Academy Awards. The reason for this request is based on Netflix not following the voluntary rule that movies displayed in theaters are not released on BluRay/DVDS for 90 days. Those people are doing everything they can to protect the theater viewing from having a similar fate as BluRay/DVD sales. What we are seeing with BluRay/DVD sales is what we witnessed in the audio industry, CD sales, several years ago. For the majority of the general public cost and convenience are what is most important to them not high quality audio and video. What does all this mean for collectors, for those of us who prefer a physical copy of the movie? With the buying market shrinking most likely older titles, know as catalog titles, will be held back from release on BluRay/DVD. For many titles on BluRay what is available now maybe as good as it ever gets. Do you now buy a movie with better quality than the DVD release but falls short of a quality BlyRay? BluRays of Fall of the Roman Empire, El Cid, Barabbas are prime examples. Will we ever see The Alamo, Raintree County or At Play in the Fields of the Lord on quality BluRay? Sadly probably not for them the VHS Tape maybe as good as it gets.