First, it was vinyl. Then 8-tracks and cassettes, beta and VHS tapes.
What’s next to land on the endangered species list? DVDs?
That’s a very likely scenario, according to reports which address Netflix and companies like it that are hinting at online streaming only of films and TV shows.
Much of Netflix’s posturing is directly related to the cutbacks on one-day delivery of the U.S. Postal Service, which would signal the end of one-day movie arrival.
Netflix has downplayed plans of the DVD demise, but its spokesperson said recently that while the company is going to work with the USPS on the delivery quandary, Netflix does have plans to go stream-only in the U.S. “at some point in the future.”
Meanwhile, Sony is experimenting with exclusive features embedded into its iTunes movies in an era when DVD sales have dropped substantially and online piracy has surged.
The added bonus extras will apply to digital sales and not rentals, reports said.