My understanding is that DVD is cheaper to reproduce, but that the initial
mastering costs are quite high. Can anyone shed some light on the costs of
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Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 12:24:27 -0700
From: Gary Handman <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [Videolib] DVD vs. VHS in public libraries -- survey
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Thanks, Mike...this is purty darned interesting...
There's a rather depressing implication buried in these statistics, I
think. If libraries let the format rather than the content determine
collection development policies and directions, I despair. Let's face it,
although some distributors of educational/documentary works have
enthusiastically hopped on the DVD bandwagon, many more have not, and may
not for a looooong time to come (or never). A collection of non-fiction
works that veers heavily toward DVD titles will almost certainly bypass
many, if not most, works produced by independent documentary filmmakers--at
least in the short term. Letting format determine the nature of collection
at this particular point in time means building a collection heavily biased
toward home video... Seems to me that it has been an on-going, uphill
battle in most public libraries to build collections that venture beyond
popular movies and mainstream fiction works... I certainly hope that the
advent of a new format doesn't make this battle even more grim...
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