- Mar 29, 2003
How many more years do you think dvd's will be around for?
As long as people buy them.Well, that is what's keeping us from moving on to HD media. DVD was never intended to be a long term format; aside from a smaller size, it didn't do anything that laserdisc didn't, and laserdisc had not only run its course by 1997, but was rendered obsolete, along with DVD in 1998 with the introduction of HDTV.
The real question, given that DVD picture quality is no longer good enough for quality home theater, and DVD sound quality never was very good, is:
How quickly can we get rid of it?
ALL my books are made of cardboard an paper, most of them last for more than 20 years already. Some more than 40 years. NONE of my books is made of plasticYeah, I have some pretty old books myself - but books are generally thick and well bound. Snapper cases are just flimsy pieces of cardboard surrounding a plastic disc holder. They're much more fragile than the average paperback. It's all in how you take care of them I suppose. Incidently, anyone else hate it when the store places security or price tags on the front of a snapper? My copy of the Green Mile suffered a pretty nasty accident because of an ultra sticky price tag
Well, that is what's keeping us from moving on to HD media.Do you mean 'high definition' or 'hard disc' in this instance? If the latter, then that's nonsensical, because until there's a staggering increase in affordable capacity, hard disc storage is limited in what it can take (or are you seriously suggesting we should be happy to own just one movie each?).
If the former, then you'll have a harder job persuading PAL than NTSC regions of the picture improvement.
I've seen HDTV demo'ed - against NTSC there is a big difference, I agree. Against PAL, there is an improvement, but to be honest, it's not all that wonderful.
Regardless of this, DVD is likely to stay simply because it has too strong a grip on the market.
What I would be far more concerned about is the future of the CD.
DVD is the new VHS. VHS was with us for what, 20+ years? I think DVD will be around for a long time.I agree with this, and, sorry Charlie, I disagree with you as well.
Too many people are jsut getting into DVD, or just took the plunge in the last year or so, for us to see this go away anytime soon. I know in my own case, I only started getting into DVD's in late 2000. One key indicator of how the market was and has moved, at that time, Blockbuster (2 near me), only had a small selection of titles for rent on DVD. Mostly the newest releases and a few catalog titles. Now their inventory of catalog rentals has grown dramatically, (Still not what Netflix is, but what the heck), and we are seeing the death knell for VHS. For example, the recent (post holiday season) move by Best Buy to stop carrying VHS for sale. DVD is really just moving out of childhood and into it's prime.
I would say that the plastic "snapping" part is the weak link in the snapper cases. The cardboard should hold up fine as long as you don't set your drinks on themA few of my cardboard snappers have worn around the spine of the cover where the it folds shut. You can see the white cardboard underneath the printed cover. I suppose it depends on how much you watch them and open and shut the cases.
DVD has time and again given us not only a better picture, but also better sound than LD.That's silly. I'll agree with the better picture comment, but DVD soundtracks are a downgrade from LD soundtracks. Full bitrate DTS DVDs have become an extinct species, and that's the best the format has ever had to offer. And DVD has almost never made use of uncompressed PCM. Add the fact that a lot of DVD producers are downmixing movie soundtracks to make them more friendly to wimpy HTIB systems and you have the perfect recipe for mediocre sound.
Give me 1080p with MLP compression for 8-channel audio, and I'll be happy to send DVD packing.