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DVD lifespan?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Samari, Sep 5, 2004.

  1. Samari

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    Hi, how how much longer do you think DVD's will be around for. I'm thinking of spending alot of money building up a big DVD collection but what is holding me back is the thought that in DVD's will like VHS's soon become a thing of the past and be obselete. So do you think or have you heard of new type of techknowlegy that is set to replace DVD's?
     
  2. FoxyMulder

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    Blu-Ray or HD-DVD will replace the normal DVD that we use today but from what i understand those players will be backward compatible ( or at least HD-DVD will be ) and they will be a niche market for many years until prices fall and more HD Monitors are available so spend your cash and rest assured DVD will be around for a long time yet.
     
  3. MagicBoy

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    The next format will probably be Blu-Ray. Check www.blu-ray.com for more information. Same basic idea as DVD, but with updated compression codecs and 5x the capacity.

    I'd argue that VHS isn't a thing of the past and obsolete. It's been technically surpassed which is unsurprising considering it's analogue and the underlying technology is still the same after 20+ years. Most movies available on VHS are also available on DVD, but the installed userbase is such that VHS titles are still released. VHS will be around for quite some time yet.
     
  4. nwgarratt

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    DVd's will still be around for 10+years at least. There is so much money and user base in DVD, it will be around for a very long time.
     
  5. SilverPenguin7

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    I'd be more worried about your dvd's malfunctioning and not working after several years (yes I'm still bitter that my hardly ever used Toy Story Ultimate boxset is up the spout).
     
  6. Lex

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    I agree with what has been said - I can't see DVD disappearing for many many years, I think they will be around at least as long as CD has been.
    I mean the technology of the CD was superceded years ago, but it hasn't been replaced in the mass market because there is no demand for it - most people are very happy with CD and do not feel the need to invest in something new which is only (as far as most people are concerned) marginally better than what they already have. I think it will be exactly the same with DVD, it will only be specialist high end users who adopt blu-ray as for most people DVD is 'good enough'.
     
  7. NinjaKi11a

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    I seem to recall that in his book, Bill Gates pointed out the unprecedented proliferation of cds to almost every form of media meant that they'd be very very difficult to replace as a form of standard data storage. With regards DVDs, I also would have thought that future technology will be backwards compatible.
     
  8. AML

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    I agree, DVD s will be here to stay. So many people out there are doing just that, building a collection, so im sure they wouldnt be too happy if DVD suddenly became obsolete.

    The only thing I dont like about DVD is that the quality is still not perfect. The layer change, the bad conversion of dark/shaddows into Mpeg 2 still annoys me.
    Hopefully, blu-ray or HD-DVD will sort this out with a higher bit rate and and HDTV like quality picture and resolution.

    Even though i still buy DVDs im actually waiting for one of the newer formats to rear their heads. And as people already mentioned, the newr format players will be back wards compatible. BOTH of them. Blu-ray players currently out in japan are conpatible.
     
  9. DamH

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    To be contrarian... I've virtually stopped buying DVD's now (unless they are very cheap). Waiting for High Definition (of either format) to come out to see what the improvement in quality is like.

    Must also disagree with earlier poster, it is not clear at all which of the new HD formats will win (particularly if Warner buy MGM and refuse the Blu-ray consortium access to the MGM/Warner back catalogue)

    My advice: if you can wait a year then do - you may prefer to build an HD collection.
     
  10. ns1col

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    I never look at it that way, if dvd will die and be replaced. I just buy a dvd if I like it and then only if it's cheap so my collection just grow's as i buy.
     
  11. Rob20

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    While I'm excited about the release of the next gen hi-def dvd format, for me the cost of the hardware/software will determine when I jump onboard. I was always put off dvd's at first by the cost of the software as much as hardware cost, probably more so. £20-25 for a movie seemed excessive. It was only when my brother introduced me to internet companies like Amazon and Play, (as well as shops like HMV offering 241 deals), did I finally get a dvd player early 2001, some 3/4 years after the formats uk intoduction. Now brand new movies can be found for as little as £7-11 delivered if you're prepared to order from abroad. I can't imagine buying into the next gen system till 2010 realistically, (assuming a 2006 blu-ray release). Especially as it's likely discs will be £25-30 IMO.
     

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