Why DVDs Shouldn’t Go Bye-Bye
Dead weight or dead format? Best Buy's organization plan could be the death knell for discs.
October 06, 2010 by Rachel Cericola

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before… after years of stacking DVD cases upon Blu-ray cases upon A/V cabinets and end tables, I finally got my media collection under control—just in time for it to be completely obsolete.

I have and love my streaming Netflix subscription. However, it just doesn’t fill all of my movie needs. They are working on it, with recent deals to add content from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM. However, it still doesn’t have all of the titles that I want on a whim. That’s where my impulse buys come in—or used to come in. It seems that discs may soon be going the way of the dinosaur.

It’s not that I didn’t see this coming. However, now I just feel sort of sad, as well as stumped about what to do with all of those discs. Why the sudden panic? Well, according to Cinematical, Best Buy is planning to “reorganize” its retail space this holiday season. That means there will be a lot less DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs to stuff into stockings. They want to give that precious retail real estate to products that people actually want, like games and computers. So in other words, when you set out to buy someone the complete Ernest collection this Christmas, you’re going to be out of luck, at least at this retailer.

Yes, there is always Amazon. However, there’s something about strolling through the aisles and scooping up those impulse buys. Also, a girl’s got to get a little sunlight at some point, right?

I do get the CD thing. The music industry has been whining for quite some time. However, is Blu-ray about to bomb? That would be excellent timing, considering how the cost of players has really come down. Still, some studios aren’t exactly helping matters. It’s surprising how many titles still don’t get a Blu-ray release. I was frothing over the upcoming Larry Sanders Show box set (“Hey now!”), until I found out that Shout! Factory isn’t going to bother with a Blu-ray version.

Without a doubt, Apple TV, Google TV and Netflix are the wave of the future. After all, DVDs are already in the $1 Redbox rental bins. Will anyone out there miss discs? Do you currently still buy and rent discs—and if so, do you bother going to a retail store? Or are you all about streaming and want to put disc media out of its misery?

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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