Hollywood Sees The Big Picture With DVDs

from the amazing dept

Now this story amazes me. The Washington Post has a huge article about how DVDs have rejuvenated the movie industry, and how DVD sales are now a huge part of any movie release. They talk about how it’s changed the very market for movies, and quote studio execs talking about the importance of the DVD to their business. At the same time, however, the movie industry still relies on Jack Valenti to lobby for them to Congress. Jack Valenti who said the VCR was the equivalent of the Boston strangler to the movie industry. If Jack Valenti had his way, the movie industry never would have had the chance to offer DVDs because they would (obviously) kill off the movie industry. Here’s a perfect example of a technology redefining and broadening a market, and at the same time Jack Valenti is still talking about how the internet is going to kill the movie industry. It’s amazing that they can “embrace” this one technology while not seeing that the other technology offers opportunities as well.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Hollywood Sees The Big Picture With DVDs”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
david says:

DVD killed the video star

Um….. DVD’s carry copy protection. That is why hollywood enjoys the technology – the video content remains protected while the consumer gets a high quality product. I don’t think hollywood has expressed a fear of technology, but rather a fear of having little control over where/how their products are distributed… a fear many in the technology world share.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...