Re: DVDs

Randy Pitman (
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 12:52:44 -0700 (PDT)

Predicting technological trends is often, at best, a matter of luck and more
often still a fool's game. Still, I think that we will be seeing a lot more
educational DVD very quickly. PBS is set to roll out Ken Burns' "Baseball"
soon, as well as other titles. WGBH has selected NOVA episodes avail. in
DVD. "I, Claudius" lands its twisted Roman butt on DVD in August...and so
on. As for DVD being replaced by the next format, I don't think there will
be another "physical" format that will seriously attract consumers; the next
stop on the tech track will more likely be Download City. Also, DVD
recorders will hit the consumer market very soon (high priced initially,
with prices dropping precipitously over the next few years).

Randy "Jeanne Dixon" Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270

----- Original Message -----
From: Trent Nicholas <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 12:23 PM
Subject: RE: DVDs

> I must say I like Daryl Diggers clear-eyed view. Just how fragile is DVD
> anyway?? How long before a new format makes DVDs obsolete? And where were
> all these DVD customers when Laserdiscs ruled the high end?
> My particular concern: At my museum, I loan almost exclusively
> educational visual materials with an emphasis on art, and I see very
> on DVD. Only Hollywood product.
> Does anyone know if and how soon will be the big push of educational
> programming onto DVD?
> Thanks,
> Trent Nicholas
> Statewide Media Resource Coordinator
> Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
> Richmond
> <>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 11:13 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Re: DVDs
> We are no longer purchasing videocassettes unless a faculty member
> specifically request the item be in that format or if the item
> needed is
> not yet on dvd (which, for educational titles, is the vast
> majority).
> >Are any Audiovisual Librarians changing their collection
> development policies
> >to purchase only (or primarily) DVDs? Anyone have thoughts on the
> wisdom of
> >such a policy? My Library Director is urging us to buy DVD, and
> only DVD,
> >unless a title is not available in this format. Feedback on the
> pros and
> >cons
> >would be much appreciated. Thanks--Maureen,
> Scott Allen
> Media Librarian "Trying to stay afloat
> Midwestern State University in the seas of
> technology"