Future of DVD

Jim Scholtz (jscholtz@sdln.net)
Thu, 6 Jan 2000 10:01:47 -0800 (PST)

I must say that, until today, I've been viewing all this DVD craze with
some hefty spectism - probably due to my age and my unwillingness to leet
go of video (VHS format). On the Today program this morning I saw a DVD
video camera that will be going on the market soon for $1500-$1800. Now,
presumably, when it comes on the market, VHS, C-VHS and 8mm video cameras
will hit the wall price-wise and come tumbling down (heck, they're already
available for $400+). The fact that DVD wasn't easily a recordable medium
has put the stops on it consumerwise in the recent past - as was the
problem with laser/magnetic discs in the 80s. I also happened to see the
new DVD title - Star Trek the next generation - ressurection shown at
K-Mart. The store had a "comfy" chair and surround sound equipment set up
with a 54in TV in front - all you needed extra was beer and chips to
provide the ultimate viewing experience!! Also that title was being sold
for $20 and they were all sold out. I was sin heaven and my son wanted to
buy everything!! Luckily, he has very little money. I am convinced that
DVD is here to stay. I'm not so sure that the medium is more archival in
nature than VHS, or more stable/indestructible or longer-lasting (remember,
archivists said video seems to be outlasting some CDs - the pits on some
music CDs seem to be "popping" up in irregular fashion. I'm not quite ready
to give my VHS player and titles to the dump yet and think that, with the
number of VHS recorders currently in homes today, that VHS will still be
around for the next 5-years but the market certainly is going the DVD way.
Now, we'll just have to convince the educational vendors to retool for DVD
duplication instead of VHS - that may take a while, because it's a costly
retooling. Jim Scholtz.