Physical entertainment is on its last legs — and they’re getting gammier by the month. Before we know it, DVDs and Blu-rays will have gone the way of LaserDisc and VHS tape. To the streamers and torrenters of the world this will be viewed as no big loss: they think it’s an obsolete format that’s overpriced, prone to scratches and less convenient than digital downloads.
But not me. Here’s why I’m sticking with discs to the bitter end, and why you should too. (Also, get off my lawn.)
When it comes to movies and TV shows, physical media is definitely on its last legs. For traditionalists, this just means that prices have never been better! JB Hi-Fi is in the midst of a massive clearance sale with more than 350 DVDs and Blu-rays going for under $10. Here are 50 hand-picked titles that everybody should have in their collection. To make life easy, we’ve also included links to each deal.
Dear Lifehacker, since January of this year I’ve been looking to buy an external Blu Ray burner so I can burn Blu-rays and DVDs to watch on my TV. Every site has their own “Top 10” but they’re all different. I’m not looking for the greatest, but at the same time I don’t want to spend 20 bucks on a piece of junk. I’m on an iMac that’s only a year old — so it’s not an outdated paperweight.
The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) has released its market data for 2014. In a trend that will surprise few Lifehacker readers, physical disc sales continue to dwindle. What’s more surprising is that the decline was roughly identical in the Blu-ray (BD) and DVD categories. Could the era of Full HD physical media be almost over?