Will Studios Stop Making Blu-Rays? Heck No

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Most new collectors of Blu-Ray are under some false assumption that collecting these discs could turn out to be a pointless exercise and the production of this type of media could cease in the near future.

I’m here to tell you that this opinion is so far from the truth. Blu-ray is alive and well and will continue to prosper.

But let’s answer a common question directly that many people have, Will studios stop making Blu-rays?

Blu Rays will continue being made as they rake in billions of dollars in sales per year.

However, the amount of companies that distribute them is likely to decrease as only so much of the pie can be shared for a billion-dollar industry.

Blu-Ray is in no jeopardy of ceasing production any time soon.

I will explain why I think this in more depth in the following sections.

From covering topics like the current market of Blu-Ray as well as the litany of reasons why this market has a customer base that is going nowhere in the near future.

Major players have already ceased production

There is a lot of gloom and doom from most collecting Blu-Ray as there is a constant fear of more companies refusing to sell them anymore.

For example, if you live in Australia you are SOL as Disney is not selling Blu-ray anymore in that area.

Also, companies like Zavii are not shipping to Australia either. Blu Ray player manufacturers like Samsung have ceased production and left the market, etc…

For the most part, though I don’t think the supply of Blu-Ray is in jeopardy. Yes, more physical stores are ceasing production, like Target for example but that just follows the trend of many retailers from a macro level.

People buy things online now for the most part.

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy going to Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, and Walmart to see what is in stock on the Blu-Ray shelves but I’m perfectly fine buying the discs I want on Amazon.

Shopping online you have a bigger inventory to choose from and can purchase with the click of a button.

This is part of a larger cultural shift in how people buy things and shouldn’t be looked at as a problem Blu-Ray is suffering from.

Here are some popular Blu Rays below (affiliate link). I own the Dune 4K Blu Ray and it looks phenomenal on my OLED TV.

Best Movie
Top Gun Maverick [4K UHD]
  • Reference quality atmos track
  • Good use of height channels
  • Stunning contrast
Best Atmos
Dune 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Possibly the best Dolby Atmos track I have ever heard
  • Stellar black levels
Best HDR
Blade Runner 2049 4K Ultra HD
  • Mesmerizing Dolby Vision HDR
  • Extremely Diverse Color Palette
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Although not mainstream it’s still a billion-dollar industry

Are Movie Studios really going to cut the cord on a billion-dollar industry? I don’t think so. There is one thing Hollywood loves more than anything else and that’s money.

Blu-ray and DVD sales amounted to 1.58 billion in 2022 which is still a solid income stream for the industry, even though it’s shrunk dramatically with the rise of streaming.

Blu-ray discs are cheap to produce and can be distributed at a massive scale.

Studios are not going to stop producing them and retailers will continue to sell them, although the amount that do will decrease.

Not everyone wants digital, there are collectors out there

A big appeal of buying Blu-Ray is collecting physical movies. This is especially prevalent with formats like Steelbook, of which you can see below (affiliate links).

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You can’t collect anything on digital really and if you try your entire collection can be taken from you at any time.

Distributors are constantly selling the rights to the movies they own. It’s also nowhere near as fun as collecting physical copies of Blu-Ray.

Christoper Nolan said it best, when you own a Blu Ray you hold something that is a real thing with nice artwork.

Blu-ray is the most widely available high-fidelity format out there.

Yes, there are higher fidelity formats on the market like Bravia Core and Kaleidiscape but have you ever even heard of them before?

Also, you’d be hard-pressed to afford their technology as it’s insanely expensive.

Blu-ray offers the gold standard for most households when it comes to video and audio quality, it vastly outperforms streaming.

It’s a big reason why Blu-Ray is still popular.

I’ve written several articles about this subject on this site that I will link below but let me give you the quick run down.

Blu-Ray allows for lossless high-fidelity audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, something which streaming can’t provide.

They also have more better video quality as they are not at the mercy of internet speeds and saving bandwidth.

The bottom line: the easiest way to watch movies in the best possible format today is Blu-Ray.

Additional articles: Sound Quality of Blu-Ray, Streaming 4k isn’t worth it.

There are more Blu Rays being made now than ever before

Private label companies like Kino Lorber, Arrow Video, and Eureka Entertainment pump out an insane amount of Blu-rays on a monthly basis.

These companies understand there is a niche market out there and are doing quite well for themselves.

There really has never been a better time to collect Blu-Ray than right now. Boy, does that go against conventional opinion!

Blu Rays Will survive but they are undoubtedly a niche product now, similar to vinyl.

Streaming is the mass market item, not Blu Ray, this is similar to the music market where Spotify dominates but vinyl is still selling billions per year.

The amount of Blu-Ray that will be produced will shrink but there will be more than plenty of them available to fuffill the current market.

You heard me right, Blu Ray will survive. They have no competition. Who is competing against them in the physical market?

No one is and no one will, it’s too small of an industry to see several large players. No one is going to replace Blu-Ray.

This is actually a good thing as consumers don’t have to worry about adopting a new format and shelling out a bunch of money on new equipment.

You also don’t have to worry about Blu-Ray becoming obsolete as they have shown that they will continue to upgrade to modern technology standards with the introduction of 4k Blu-Ray as well as adopting newer audio formats like Dolby Atmos and HDR technology like Dolby Vision.

As mentioned before Blu Ray is the most high-end format on the market right now. It is not old technology even though most people would have you believe that.

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