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Plain Old DVD Suits Me Just Fine

24 Mar, 2004 By: Jessica Wolf

All the talk of emerging high-definition technology tends to make my head spin a little bit.

Granted, I'm no technophile, but I am interested in the newest, coolest stuff, just like most people who love movies, music and TV are.

But HD-TV, hi-def DVD, overall it kind of makes me go “meh, whatever.”

I saw a demonstration of D-VHS at last weekend's IRMA conference, and I'll admit it was striking in picture and sound quality — it looked just like what you see in a good movie theater.

But I don't know that I'm really all that worried about my home viewing looking exactly like what I see in the theater — that's what makes actually going to the movies special to me.

I saw Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen a few years ago at a screening when the special edition DVD was coming out, and I just don't think any home-viewing technology, no matter how advanced or how amazing it was, could match the awe factor of that gigantic screen, the event-type nature of watching a movie in a theater.

I'd love to have my own mini-movie theater someday — in my gigantic future home, of course — now that would be exciting home viewing for me.

But otherwise, DVD suits me just fine.

I think that as a consumer, I skew more toward the average than the early adopters and technologically advanced crowd who are currently gobbling up HD-TV sets and taking advantage of increased options for hi-def TV.

And I think DVD will still remain attractive to my marketplace counterparts and myself even after we upgrade our hardware to hi-def.

Jim Bottoms, president of media research group Understanding & Solutions, made a good point at the IRMA conference when he said: “Consumers have been encouraged to replace their VHS libraries with DVD, but we probably won't see consumers jumping to replace their DVD libraries with HD discs.”

I have to agree. I think, after the hi-def market finally settles itself into a format and starts to take off, shoppers like me will likely be enticed to buy the newest releases in whatever format comes out alive.

But as for the thousands of dollars it would take to replace our ever-growing DVD collections, I think the little disc may suit us just fine for quite some time.

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