DVD, Blu-ray sales continue to decline
Okay, maybe I've been wrong. Though I've long been a fan of Blu-ray -- still the best home viewing choice for movie lovers when it comes to top quality -- and have long hoped Macs would offer Blu-ray playback support, apparently I'm in the minority.
Fewer U.S. consumers are buying and collecting DVD and Blu-ray discs, according to new data from the IDC research group. Less than one-third of survey respondents report buying a DVD or Blu-ray more than once or twice a year, and over half of purchasers say they are buying less than they did a year ago.
The reason? Digital options such as the iTunes Store. Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I still like to have physical media. Guess if all my movie purchasing goes digital, I'll have to invest in some big honkin' hard drives.
(As for the survey, it was conducted entirely online in September 2011 with individuals over the age of 18 who subscribe to broadband Internet service at home in the United States. The 2011 U.S. Consumer Video Survey focused primarily on online video, pay TV services, and the home video market. Total respondents numbered 1,512. This document presented results split by age as well as by those that do and don't subscribe to Netflix.).
-- Dennis Sellers