The case for Physical Media

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The case for Physical Media

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Recently in The Atlantic, the following article was published on physical media verse digital media.I'll share the first few paragraphs below and the link, but I highly suggest everyone here who is interested on the subject read the entire article.

When you purchase a movie from Amazon Instant Video, you’re not buying it, exactly. It’s more like renting indefinitely.

This distinction matters if your notion of “buying” is that you pay for something once and then you get to keep that thing for as long as you want. Increasingly, in the world of digital goods, a purchasing transaction isn’t that simple.

There are two key differences between buying media in a physical format versus a digital one. First, there’s the technical aspect: Maintaining long-term access to a file requires a hard copy of it—that means, for example, downloading a film, not just streaming from a third party’s server. The second distinction is a bit more complicated, and it has to do with how the law has shaped digital rights in the past 15 years. It helps to think about the experience of a person giving up CDs and using iTunes for music purchases instead.


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While I download music (I'll buy the album for my favorite artists), I like to have back-ups of my back-ups of my back-ups...I just would hate to lose all of that downloaded (and paid-for) content; I have never downloaded a movie...I still buy the physical copies. I have a decent-sized collection on my Disney Movies Anywhere account (I've never downloaded any of them yet, but it's nice to know if I ever go anywhere, I could watch them).

What happens if you have all of your music/books/movies just electronically and then, *poof*, technical difficulties, they're all gone?!
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Valid point indeed! I myself prefer the physical item if purely for the sheer joy of unwrapping those often beautifull packagings. That being said I detest digital purchases altogether since you pay the same if not more without the ensurance that your purchases will still be available in the near future because of either an expiration date or a failed digital format in the long run
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This is my philosophy; having your favorite movie or TV show on a physical format, knowing it's there ready for you to watch whenever you want is comforting and a joy.

I love and will take physical media any time and any day over digital. Now yes, I do streaming, but it will NEVER ever replace physical media. Not by a long shot.
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Viral Tweet Claims Warner Bros. To Phase Out DVD and Blu-ray Beginning in 2022
https://comicbook.com/movies/amp/news/w ... s-in-2022/
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I knew this would all start happening eventually. I'd like to think they still will make Blu-rays / DVDs available in some niche online somewhere though? :( :( To me, it's just such crap to do away with physical media altogether even if they want to make digital the focus.

A few weeks ago, I went to a Walmart I don't usually go to and they didn't have a single CD in the whole store. :o But they had a whole aisle of vinyl records? Like, is the universe on crack these days? :lol: Nothing makes any sense.
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Jerry Beck wrote:"Wow – I blew up the internet! It looks like a little response I made to a cartoon fan wondering if Daffy or Tweety’s anniversary would be celebrated on DVD or blu-ray has blown up and gone viral.
First of all: anyone claiming that Warner Bros. is planning to phase out DVD and Blu-ray beginning in 2022 has taken my words and blown them way way out of context.
Secondly, I do not work for Warner Bros. - I occasionally work freelance as a writer or consultant to their home video group. I know nothing about the inner workings of that department. A few days ago I was asked a few questions by anxious fans worried about the future of physical media – and unfortunately, from my point of view, I didn’t have anything new to report.
Warner’s IS restoring their classic cartoons for HBO-Max (and to air on MeTV) and its obvious that the streaming service is where the Warner cartoon library will live on for the time being. But, I repeat, I do not know anything about what’s going on concerning their Home Video department.
I do know that DVDs and blu-rays will continue to be produced, and that department still exists. All we can do is hope that they will continue to release their cartoon shorts on physical media. That’s all I know – that’s all I can say about this matter."
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as of last year, one of the main suppliers in new zealand of cd's, dvds and vinyl records stopped selling them entirely. they still sell console games, but even that may change before long. now, if i wish to buy a dvd in person, my nearest store is 3 hours south.
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Oh no, that's really terrible, sunhuntin! Unless you can order online?
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yes, we can order online, but only from a select few stockists. the one that recently stopped selling used to get some really random titles at times, and not every store would get the same ones. one of the last i found was the complete series of "on the buses", something that would not really appear elsewhere at an affordable price.
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Oh, I am sorry it's so few and random sunhuntin! You can't get all you want from Amazon?
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