HBO Max controversies serve as a reminder of the importance of physical media


It’s probably not surprising that a fair number of /Film writers have a physical media collection of some sort. Whether it’s a relatively small network or a massive network built up over years, they all have their reasons why they prefer physical over streaming or VOD. However, one important element outside of guaranteed ownership and better image quality stood out in their responses, and that was the community aspect of buying physical media.

“I really like being able to lend people things,” wrote writer Danielle Ryan. “When I recommend a movie or show, I like that I can hand them a copy of what it is so they don’t have to look for it themselves.”

“I just love the visual representation of my collection,” explained editor Ethan Anderton. “Someone can walk in and see my shelves full of movies, and it represents my passion and love for filmmaking. It can also create some interesting conversation starters.”

Perhaps the most important sentiment on the subject, however, came from editor Jacob Hall, who simply said, “A physical disc reminds me that a movie isn’t content. It’s art.”

That couldn’t be truer in this climate. Movies and TV shows are art, and they deserve to be treated with the respect they deserve, not just “content” dumped on streaming platforms and deleted if they don’t attract a number of viewers. Records can wear and tear over time, but at least they carry these art forms to the highest quality and with the utmost care. In order to ensure the future of art, the purchase of physical media must make a comeback, and it must be done quickly. Otherwise, who knows how much media will be sucked into the indifferent vacuum of database machines.


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