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Best Buy Will No Longer Carry Physical Movies in 2024, Marking End of an Era

Video games are safe... for now

In a move emblematic of the evolving landscape of entertainment consumption, Best Buy, one of the nation’s largest electronics retailers, has announced the cessation of sales for DVDs, Blu-Rays, and possibly soon, all physical media. This decision marks a significant shift in the retail giant’s strategy, reflecting broader industry trends toward digital streaming and downloadable content.

Best Buy, long known as a go-to destination for purchasing movies and television shows in physical format, has faced mounting pressure in recent years as streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ have surged in popularity. With the convenience of on-demand streaming and the vast libraries of content available at subscribers’ fingertips, many consumers have increasingly turned away from traditional physical media in favor of digital alternatives.

The decision to discontinue in-store sales of DVDs and Blu-Rays represents a strategic realignment for Best Buy, as the company seeks to adapt to changing consumer preferences and streamline its product offerings to focus on high-demand categories. This shift away from physical sales underscores the declining relevance of DVDs and Blu-Rays in today’s digital-first landscape and might be the final death bell for the format in general.

In October 2023, The Digital Bits first reported Best Buy’s plans to phase out physical media sales. The massive retailer later confirmed the news, telling the Associated Press the way people “watch movies and TV shows is much different today” compared to the past.

As of now, physical video games seem to be safe, but there’s a very real possibility that they will soon be gone as well. Many games nowadays, even if bought physically, don’t even come with the disc in the box, but instead a digital code to download said game.

Physical media has faced a steady decline over the years and its future is looking even more bleak than ever. While the convenience of digital media can’t be denied, it raises serious concerns about the long-term preservation of movies, music, and video games, and larger worries of being held at the whims of these larger companies.

Despite the decline of DVDs and Blu-Rays in the retail sector, physical media continues to hold appeal for certain niche markets, including collectors, cinephiles, and aficionados of classic films. For these consumers, the tactile experience of owning a physical copy of their favorite movies, complete with bonus features and collectible packaging, remains a cherished tradition that transcends digital convenience.

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