Netflix is no slouch when it comes to dematerializing DVDs, what with all the new gadgets at CES that feature the video company’s streaming built-in. By all measures, the DVD’s days appear to be numbered.
Or are they?
First comes news of a deal with Warner Bros. that delays the rentals of the studio’s films for four weeks after they’re released on DVD. Now Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tells Peter Kafk of All Things Digital’s that we may be stuck with the little red envelopes — and the DVDs sheathed within — for a couple more decades.
When do you think you’ll get to the point where you’re no longer shipping DVDs to your customers? 2030, says Hastings. … Another 20 years.
At least the company’s streaming offerings are beating Blu-ray. “Streaming is a rocketship. Blu-ray is not, but it may get there,” says Hastings.
Source: All Things Digital