I recently read article that included DVD players in a list of “dying technologies” that people should no longer buy. It said that sales of DVD and Blu-Ray disc players have declined substantially over the last several years due to the availability of movies and TV shows via streaming on the Internet at such sites as Hulu and Netflix. However, I’m not going to give up my DVD player just yet. And if it were to break anytime soon, I would probably buy another one, that article notwithstanding.
That’s because many of the movies that I enjoy on DVD are not available streaming anywhere. I am Netflix subscriber. I know how many movies that service offers on DVD versus how many it offers for streaming. Even though Netflix has greatly increased the number of movies it offers for streaming over the last couple of years, there is still no real comparison between the number of movies it offers on DVD and the number of movies it offers for streaming. I would estimate that it has 20 movies on DVD for every movie that it has in its streaming service.
Now if you are the kind of person who is only interested in the most popular movies, streaming will probably do the trick for you. Most of those movies are already available via streaming, or soon will be. But you’re like me, and are interested in lots of obscure and independent films, you will still need a DVD player for quite a while. Almost every movie released in the last 30 is available on DVD, while only a small percentage of them are now available via streaming. Until the number of titles available for streaming catches up to the number on DVD, I’m holding on to my DVD player.
But even if the number of streaming titles suddenly caught up with the number of DVD titles, I still wouldn’t give up my DVD player for a while. I prefer watching movies on my TV as opposed to on a computer. I know I could watch streaming movies on my TV, but I don’t want to hook another box to it or replace it with a “Smart TV.” So I’ll just stick with my DVD player for now, thank you.