Re: DVD Cometh

Gary Handman (
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 12:33:50 -0800 (PST)

At UCB we have about 2700 international cinema titles (out of a total
collection of about 9000 titles). Use of the cinema constitutes at least
40% of our total circulation...most likely higher. UCB has a middling film
studies program...the balance of use of the cinema collection is by ethnic
studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, foreign language departments,
history and political science. DVD is definitely on our horizon.

Gary Handman

At 11:32 AM 11/02/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>We are a medium-sized state university, California State
>University Sacramento. Our collection consists of about 4500
>video titles of which about 10%, or 450, are "movies" -
>theatrical releases. If 50 of those titles are used as
>curriculum support, I'd be surprised. The balance of our
>circulation of movies is pleasure viewing by students, staff and
>faculty. I haven't had a request yet for DVD. Unless or until
>educational titles are released in DVD format, I really can't
>make a case for owning DVD equipment or titles. Am I the only
>one who feels this way?
>Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:30:03
>-0800 (PST) Reply-to: From:
> Rick Provine <> To: Multiple
>recipients of list <> Subject: Re:
>DVD Cometh
>I think this will go much like the laserdisc market went, only better.
>Laser never caught on as a consumer format, but was absolutely necessary
>for collecting feature film in something like its original form
>(widescreen, decent audio, decent picture quality, commentary, etc.) DVD
>as least has the advantage of more widespread consumer acceptance, due
>mostly to the industry's unprecedented support across companies for the
>format (Circuit City excepted).
>If you want to collect feature film, then DVD is an absulute must due to
>its features and picture quality. Because of the large install base of
>DVD-ROm drives, there is a broader acceptance of the format. The rap on
>laser was that it couldn't record. That was set up as a condition for the
>success of any new format. But most people never record with their VCR's.
>And they are now realizing this.
>We may never see the more esoteric titles on DVD, but VHS isn't going away.
> Multiple formats is part of doing media these days, and why we all have
>Ramble ramble....
>At 08:46 AM 11/2/99 -0800, Gary Handman wrote:
>>Hi folks!
>>In my frantic desire to justify buying ten new DVD players ("cheapie" Sony
>>DVP S330's about $250 a pop...if you care), I began nosing around industry
>>other trade sources in search of indicators of the viability of this
>>medium. Some interesting stats from an Oct. 18, 1999 Phillips Businss
>>Information report:
>>Projected growth of DVD Content and Devices:
>>DVD Discs in U.S. and Europe for '99 -- 77 million units (sold)
>>DVD Discs expected by 20002 -- more than 2 billion units (sold)
>>Worldwide DVD Devices for 99' -- 17 million (sold)(I think this may include
>>DVD-ROM drives as well as DVD players)
>>Worldwide DVD Devices expected by 2005 - 144 million (sold)
>>The August 16, 1999 Phillips report quotes the International Recording
>>Media Association in its projection that "there will be nearly 25 million
>>DVD players and a billions discs sold worldwide by 2003
>>The Phillips report for May 14, 1999 indicated the following projections:
>>US DVD-ROM Title releases (I think this includes both movies and games?)
>>1998 - 100
>>1999 - 750
>>2000 - 2000
>>2001 - 4000
>>2002 - 7000
>>20003 11,000
>>Still, one wonders how much of the current body of analog
>>video--theatrical, documentary, educational,etc.--is likely to make it over
>>the fence into digitaldom... Somehow, I have this continuing fear that a
>>lot of wonderful and weird will never make the transition...It occurs to me
>>that, like Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens, we're likely to see the
>>evolutionary dead-end and the evolutionary vanguard existing in uneasy
>>tandem for some time to come.
>>gary handman
>>Gary Handman
>>Media Resources Center
>>Moffitt Library
>>UC Berkeley 94720-6000
>>"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)
>Rick E. Provine
>Director for Media||Robertson Media Center
>Clemons Library||University of Virginia
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Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

"Everything wants to become television" (James Ulmer -- Teletheory)