Just because the home entertainment industry has seemingly embraced a transition to digital delivery doesn’t mean there aren’t a few brave souls willing to fight for the continued role of physical media. How and why the industry found itself in this position was a major topic of discussion during the Blu-ray producers panel moderated by Bill Hunt of TheDigitalBits.com at San Diego Comic-Con International July 9.
Several top DVD and Blu-ray producers, including Robert Meyer Burnett (“Star Trek: The Next Generation” Blu-rays), Charles de Lauzirika (“Twin Peaks”, Alien, Blade Runner: The Final Cut) and Cliff Stephenson (“Hannibal”, The Hunger Games), expressed their laments about an industry that seems ready to abandon them, during a panel that quickly turned into a checklist of complaints about how disc formats have been mistreated the past few years.
“They want to get rid of us,” Burnett said. “If the alternative is to have a file that you can stream, then you get rid of all the manufacturing costs. You get rid of packaging. You get rid of everything. You just send the file and it’s out of your hair. And you get rid of us, which a lot of people would like.”
More about the “pause” of physical media and what streaming may or may not have to do with it at Home Media Magazine.