I am going to be honest with you – In last 2 years, I have not bought a single Music / Movie CD or DVD. I either watch it in the theatre or stream it online. In recent times, Increasingly, I see myself shifting to streaming / renting it online. In addition, there is always an option for me to watch pay per view through my satellite cable provider.
The point I am trying to make here is that very few people now-a-days buy a DVD or a CD to watch movies (atleast in my opinion), unless it is a classic or a rare one which generally you may not find online.
However, MoserBaer, a leading CDs / DVDs manufacturer based out of Delhi thinks otherwise. They have recently launched Boxofficeboss.in, an online shop where you can order CD, DVD or Blue-Ray movie titles.
Talking about the site itself, it has a good collection of Bollywood, Hollywood and even local language VCDs and DVDs and price range of these movie titles range from Rs. 299 to Rs. 1499 (for Blue-Ray).
The site also offers pre-order facility for movie titles that are yet to be released on DVDs. Overall, it is a good site if someone is interested in buying a movie DVD online.
The Real Question – Is There A Market For It Anymore?
Though the site is good, the real question to be asked is – Is there a market for online CD, DVD buying anymore. Now, Here are the various cheaper and easier alternatives user has before he thinks of Buying a DVD. Please note, we are not including option of downloading torrents of movies and watching it free, though if you consider that option, everything else becomes expensive.
So, here are options I will look at before buying a DVD!
- Is it available on my Pay-Per-View basket of DTH provider – Generally that costs around Rs. 50.
- Is it available on Youtube Movies or Yahoo movies free of cost. Yeah, many popular movies are offered on these or similar video platforms.
- Is it available for online streaming or renting on sites like boxtv.com. This options works out very cheap as well. You can see unlimited movies for 1 fixed fee on these sites
- Is it available on rent on Google Play Store or other similar stores. Here for Rs. 50 rental, one can watch streaming movie over a period of one month.
So, if I have exhausted all the 4 options above (not including torrent), then buying a DVD movie makes sense.
DVD collectors out there, don’t bash me up for stating the obvious. You guys are a dying breed. Times are changing and so are people. I think Mosebaer needs to consider this before spending huge budgets marketing this platform.
What is your take?