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Downsizing the DVD Collection

14 Feb, 2006 By: Stephanie Prange

Late last year, a Goldman Sachs report noted catalog sales are about to be tapped out as consumer libraries bulge. Warner's upcoming catalog onslaught aside, I can attest to the fact that the studios have dumped a good portion of catalog into the DVD market. DVDs, especially kids DVDs, this year had begun to take over my house, and I came up with the only logical solution an owner of a small tract home can. I decided to jettison the DVD cases.

Yes, I've let go of the packaging in packaged media. We bought a few folders designed to hold DVDs, kept the liner notes and the discs and stored the keepcases in a box in the garage (we tossed the snappers). Instead of looking through piles of DVDs, my kids can now flip through folders looking at the liner notes.

I don't doubt many other households are doing the same thing. My local Target can't seem to keep DVD storage folders in stock. I begin to question just how many DVDs a house can hold. Hundreds, maybe, but certainly not with the cases.

DVDs are becoming like any software. When you buy a Microsoft program, do you keep the box? Heck no. When you've loaded the program onto your computer, do you jettison the disc? Heck, no. You keep it around, just in case you need to reload the program.

While video-on-demand proponents envision a world in which every household has a large hard-drive or remote site that houses its entertainment collection, I beg to differ. I think households will hold on to the movies they like, perhaps making a copy (current legal questions aside) for the family hard-drive, but keeping the disc in case something goes wrong. When it comes right down to it, the disc is a rather nice storage device. And while packaging may go, disc libraries won't.

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