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Is Disk Technology Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?

August 16, 2017

Since the introduction of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV, and Hulu, the question of the longevity of the DVD and Blu-Ray disk technology has been whirling around. Digital formats make it quick and easy to access the latest television shows and movies without running to a RedBox or loading a disk. But are the DVD and Blu-Ray disk headed for extinction anytime soon?

  • Profitability – As soon as movie studios stop making money from DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks, they will stop making them available. So far, that has not happened. Additionally, as is the case with new technology, there are always early adopters and those who will “wait and see.” Once the “wait and see” crowd is fully on board, disk technology could be in trouble.
  • A better viewing experience – Right now, it is not easy to discern which is the better option when it comes to picture clarity and dependability. Streaming can be inconsistent and have disruptions in service.
  • No Wi-Fi required – In addition to disruptions in streaming broadcasts caused by internet or streaming service issues, there are still areas of the country that do not get internet service or Wi-Fi. Until Wi-Fi capabilities are available everywhere, DVD’s and Blu-Rays are not going anywhere. Additionally, disk technology is often preferred when traveling simply because it does not require the user to utilize their wireless data, which can add up quickly.
  • Teaching an old dog new tricks – Some people are just comfortable with what they feel is the tried and true option. This is the case with digital streaming versus disk technology. The Generation X crowd grew up with disk options and this is what they prefer. Not because it is better, but because it is what they are accustomed to. The habits of these users needs to change before there is a complete shift away from DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks.  

Digital streaming providers are working hard to make their viewing experience easier, more reliable and more accessible to users. In short their goal is to put an end to the DVD and Blu-Ray player. And, just as the VHS and Beta tape players of the past have fallen by the wayside, at some point, so too will disk technology.

If you want to learn more about digital streaming and find the right television for this capability, visit the experts at Davis TV.

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