If Video Killed the Radio Star...
Just as video once killed the radio star, it seems the digital world is now preparing to push the DVD off the cliff. Last year digital sales of films and television shows overtook DVD and Blu-ray sales for the first time, subscription services such as Netflix, Apple’s iTunes and Amazon Video are gaining subscribers at a growing pace. This has mirrored an increase in donations of DVDs to FARA shops, so the question is: what to do with the DVD?
The total UK revenue from music, TV shows, films and video games hit a record high of £6.3bn last year, with digital sales and streaming services overtaking sales of physical DVDs and Blu-rays. 2016 saw the number of UK subscribers to Netflix alone rise to six million users, with other services such as Amazon Video steadily on the rise. This has led to the collapse of the DVD, following in the footsteps of the VHS it once replaced. The good news about this is that FARA has received a rising number of DVD donations. In these times of austerity our donation levels have taken a tough hit, but DVD and Blu-ray donations look to continue to rise as the digital world further penetrates the home entertainment industry. So why should you pick up a DVD from your local FARA shop?
In recent years DVDs and Blu-rays have become something of a collector’s item, with avid film fans hoarding hundreds of the discs in their collections. Many argue that owning the physical disk is far more satisfying than online downloads, with the often, beautiful cover art and ability to display your collection. Our FARA shops hold a wide range of DVDs, with everything from cult TV classics and blockbuster hits, to niche, more hard to find films and TV shows. Plus, our thirteen dedicated FARA Kids stores stock a selection of children’s films, TV shows and educational DVDs. With new DVDs costing around £10, and Blu-rays often costing up to £20, shopping at FARA will also save you money when purchasing your next film or boxset. Save yourself the fortune of cinema tickets and have a nice night in in the comfort of your own home.