Why are some films more successful than others?
Are we becoming a society more likely to watch a film on Netflix as opposed to buying a DVD?
Will DVDs eventually die out?
Keep reading to find some answers…

Infographic timeline of home entertainment developments

Created by Jordan Copperthwaite- Trenditions

In the digitized world that we now live in, it’s hard to say how long technology will last before better tech overtakes it. For example, DVDs were invented in 1995 and revolutionized the way in which we watch movies.

Since then, Blu-Ray has been introduced to give better quality DVDs. We have also seen many developments in viewing quality within cinemas (especially with 3D and 4K developments). But most importantly, streaming services have made a huge difference to how we view content. Netflix and other online streaming services now enable us to watch films and TV shows at any time.

 

Will DVDs die out?

Let’s face it, we’ve grown accustomed to streaming and downloading movies instead of watching them physically, right? So it wouldn’t be surprising if DVDs came to an end at some point in the near future.

I mean, they’re still popular in places where internet penetration is low. But once this internet barrier is overcome, I guess the internet could overtake DVDs completely.

I mean, I’m not sure about you, but I miss the days of being able to walk to Blockbusters and rent some films out for a week for a small price. Those were the days. But of course, with Netflix and other streaming sites, you can still do this by simply paying a monthly subscription, and you have no faff with physical copies. And it seems having everything as a digital copy is the way of the future now.

Why are DVDs still here?

DVDs could be argued as cheaper compared to many alternatives. For example, it is not a surprise that Blu-Ray discs never completely overtook DVDs when you look at how much dearer Blu-rays are. This affordability may be a prime reason why DVDs still exist. But buying patterns are still declining rapidly, with many more people moving to streaming services.

Does this mean that, like blockbusters, shops such as HMV will one day come to an end? If it is true that we are a digitalized generation, shops like HMV have no need to exist anymore. So, will these shops one day go bust? The Guardian released an article yesterday stating how HMV has already collapsed in administration, with 2,000 jobs being put at risk. How much longer will it survive?

 

The Streaming Service Revolution

We have now reached a point where there are more UK subscriptions to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime video and Now TV than there are to traditional TV services such as Sky. It is no surprise that newer generations have moved online, due to the fact that we have grown up within a digital revolution.

I mean, let’s face it, everyone up to the age of around 40 now watches some kind of streaming content online. It is only really the older generations that still like to stick to traditional services. Stats from Ofcom show that over-65s watch four times as much broadcast TV as children.

This could be seen side-by-side with the developments in a range of smart devices that allow you to stream content. These developments put hand-in-hand has made it quicker and easier to view content online.

 

What effect does this have on us?

Unfortunately, as a world that has become more and more interconnected with new technological devices, we are, as a result, less social and connected with society.

This has happened with streaming platforms being available on many devices. This technological development has meant that family members don’t need to be in the same room as one another to watch a movie or TV show. Each member of the family is now able to watch different things on different devices, all at the same time.

This means that what used to be a tradition of a ‘film night’ now becomes a reality of mum and dad watching whatever they like on the TV downstairs, with the kids watching something different on their own devices in their rooms. This has meant that families now spend less time as a unit together, which could impact future relationships and socializing skills.


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Here’s some articles I read for inspiration if you want to take a look:

Huffpost- the death of DVD will haunt us

Howstuffworks- Are DVDs becoming Obsolete?

Howstuffworks- how DVDs work

Ofcom- TV streaming services overtake pay TV for first time

Tech.co- Video Streaming Services Are Changing and It’s Bad News for Audiences

Twentify- the rise of online streaming services

The Guardian- HMV collapses into administration