Frank's Opinion: On The Death of Disc formats.
This is one of those subjects, which will be debated for many years to come. Will Discs go the way of the vinyl LP? With so much illegal downloading of music, movies, software, etc.. Many critics claim the deaths of the Dvd and CD formats will be very soon, in five years some predict. What will take there place is Video-On-Demand(VOD). A format which will stream/download music, movies, software and more to your TV, Computer, PDA, MP3 Players, etc. Do I think the disc formats are going to die? No. Not yet anyway. Almost all consumers have CD players, lots of consumers have DVD players (Note, the dvd format was predicted to kill off the VHS format, which never happen). CD and DVD players are cheaper then ever before, which will continue the consumer use of those formats. CD and DVD burners are cheaper also, so things are not going to change so easily!
Even when Americans start using VOD services, it won't stop the hackers from "breaking the codes." In my many years on the internet, I seen many things that were "hack proof" become "hacked" with ease. Some of these hackers are geniuses. Bored with common things, but once a challenge appears, I promise they will find a way to break this format as easily as they did with the CD and DVD formats. As technology becomes cheaper and more available to hackers as well as common folk, nothing is "hack proof." I'm not on anybody's side on this subject, I'm a software designer, so most people will think I'm on the "corp companies" side. Nope! I used to remember CD's being almost $21, sometimes even more! So the consumers started fighting back when CD burners became cheaper. Same thing is going to happen with the VOD format. I'll get back to you all on this subject when I learn more of it.
Frank Reese, CEO of CoDec Enterprises
Posted by ragesets
at 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 28 September 2003 2:28 PM EDT