DVD Player = Trash Bin
By pmonday on Feb 25, 2008
My nearby Hollywood Video shuttered its doors this weekend. My MVP membership was automatically canceled by the company. As far as the personalities go, I enjoyed all of the folks there, it was nice to get real recommendations from real people. As I stood in line with my son to purchase a few stray DVDs I talked to my son that in 3-5 years he would never step into a video store again. I got a few stray looks in line. The more I told him about never being in a video store or a music store again, the more I realized what a foolish purchase those plastic cases and metallic disks in my hands were.
I convinced my son we didn't need the DVDs and I promised he could login to Amazon Unbox on the Tivo and rent a movie when we got home. We set the DVDs down, left the line, and I walked out of a video store with my son for the last time ever.
We went home, rented "Mr Bean's Holiday" at home (no, it wasn't my choice) and I'm boxing the DVD player and putting away whatever movies I do have.
And here is a message for Blu-Ray. I haven't looked at a Blu-Ray player, I'm not looking at a Blu-Ray player and I swear I will never have one in my house, period (unless I purchase a video game system with one but then I won't get movies for it anyway). Revel in your victory oh Blu-Ray backers, but it will be short lived, physical media for content is short-lived. I actually think Microsoft XBox is fine if they can get the video downloads working ASAP on their platform. These are pro-gamers, renting online will not be a problem and I doubt pro-gamers show off their DVD collection.
When I don't have my Tivo with me, I can download to my Media Center PC and plug it into the TV through the S-Video port, works great, portable media, very nice.
One less black box in my house is a good thing. Thanks for your time of service DVD player, I'll show you to the door.