We’re still spending $1 billion a year on this collectable…so why won’t we let go? 28



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Everywhere you go outside now, there’s ads and billboards telling you to get your free trial or to sign up to streaming services, so it would be easy enough to assume that more and more people are looking for digital copies of movies than DVDs. Well, that’s actually the opposite of what is happening.

According The Australian, the DVD business in Australia is still booming and is worth just under $1 billion a year – that’s 54 million DVDs. It seems odd that Aussies in their droves are still going to their local music retailer and purchasing DVDs in 2015, but it is true. In comparison to digital sales for screen entertainment, well, we’re spending just $160 million a year.

So why is this? At a time when every area of our lives is turning digital, and as tangible products lose their value, it could signal that Australians are much slower to adopt digital technology than the rest of the world. B&T magazine reports that Australians also appear to believe that they can get their favourite shows first on DVD rather than waiting for them to appear on pay TV or streaming services.

And what were the top three most popular DVDs we bought last year? Frozen, The Lego Movie and Games of Thrones season three.

Another answer to why we continue to buy DVDs might lie in why we still buy CDs. There’s a nostalgic tinge to it: we want something we can hold in our hands and present. It’s like our record collection from the 70s and 80s – we loved showing it off, and record sales have recently soared, too. There’s also the quality factor: sound and image can be distorted in downloads or streaming, or thought that it will be distorted. Blu-rays quality are currently the best way to view film content and cinephiles know that.


So tell us today, do you own DVDs, or even VHS tapes? Why do you purchase them? 

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  1. Our internet service can be iffy. I occasionally watch things using Quikflix and at times the buffering as it recaptures the signal is very annoying. There have been times I have given up as it just won’t load satisfactorily. Buying a DVD allows you to watch it any time interruption free and loan it to others. My car even has a never used DVD player for the back seats.

  2. I don’t steal anything, if I want it, I pay for it, they can check my internet usage any time they want. There are to many problems with Netflix so for now I am not even attempting to get it.

  3. There’s nothing like the smell of DVD in the morning, for viewing when commercial TV adverts get out of hand.

  4. I’m currently in the process of trying to sell all my DVDs. I have over 300. Have already sold 100. I just don’t watch them anymore.

  5. Living in regional WA you soon learn that internet bandwidth is far too weak to allow such things as streaming movies. I can’t even get through a song on youtube without it buffering at some stage. Skyping too remains a far off dream. We are a long way behind most of the developed world here.

  6. Unless you’ve got huge data pack DVD s still cheaper. Especially if you have kids that want to watch same thing over and over as I understand they do.

  7. I don’t buy many DVDs at all. So few decent movies around these days. At the moment I am still enjoying videos and cassettes because my players still work. Streaming would use up our download quota very quickly.

  8. I have DVDs, music CDs, vinyl and cassettes, and VCR tapes. And they all still get used (the cassettes not so often these days due to not wanting to wear them out, most are in VGC).

  9. My favourite DVD is Mama Mia. It gives me a real lift if I’m feeling a bit low and that’s why I bought it after I had seen the movie.

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