VHS is officially dead, and it looks like DVDs might soon follow.
Discs might well have been the go to medium for home cinema a few years back, but fast forward to today, and compared to monthly subscription for online platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime, buying new DVDs seems a waste. According to a report by British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) 2016, retail spend on digital services overtook discs for the first time in the UK, while companies like Netflix grew from 61.4 million subscribers in 2015 to 74.8 million in 2016.
But the digital revolution for all its progression was meant to kill vinyl as well, and yet that’s seeing a resurgence in popularity. In many of the same ways as Vinyl, rare DVDs like special editions of old movies still have unique footage, deleted scenes and director’s comments, make them valuable for collectors and ultimate movie fans. And don’t forget Blu-ray, which presumably still has the best film quality, as streaming services lag behind for true HD. So maybe all we need is a hipster movement and DVDs will become the new vinyl.
Vinyl salesmen however, don’t quite agree. “Only if we’re talking about it in nostalgic way, like preferring paper books to digital ones,” says Jamie Kingett, salesperson at ‘Sister Ray’ record shop. “DVDs are pretty much the same as digital films – they are a collection of zeroes and ones, while vinyl gives a unique sound.”