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Chris Hicks: A golden age for collectors of movies

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  • Not So Fast Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    The problem is, there is less and less reason to collect any movies. All respect to Mr. Hicks but who even buys DVDs at all these days? They are as dated to me as cassette tapes or 8-track tapes.

    Instead, studios will need to put their libraries on demand for streaming content for a fee, perhaps 99 cents for titles like the ones Hicks lists, and then instead of buying the title, we will watch it when we wish to watch it.

    This has happened or is happening to every media delivery system, including newspapers, and will continue. The last time I visited a "media" store like F.Y.E. it was a ghost town. The age of buying movies or games or television shows for home use is passing quickly and for many of us is already past.

    Now, when civilization ends, Hicks will be prepared to entertain but until then, my computer is all I need.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 6, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    I wouldn't get so worked up about stuff, not so fast. While it may be true that, for you at least, DVD and blu-ray are a thing of the past, some people still do it the old fashioned way; after all, redboxes are doing a killer business.

    And, obviously, these companies that Hicks is talking about have made an educated decision that there is a market for this product, and, according to Hicks, they have found a large market for these titles.

    And I would imagine that soon they will end up on an movie streaming service. But DVDs and Blu-ray haven't quite gone the way of 8 track and cassette. Not yet anyway.

    And even ultimately I don't see them disappearing from the market, at least not for quite a while. I think people still like their hardcopies of movies. I imagine a more apt prediction would be a future for DVDs comparable to LPs.