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Old 09-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #3751  
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:09 AM   #3752  
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I keep duplicate files on two of the drives for backup of all our music that I have ripped.
I could probably rip my entire music cd collection uncompressed (as *.wav files) onto a 2TB hard drive. But I haven't bothered yet, and most likely won't anyways.

Too much work for hundreds of titles that I never listen to anymore.


I suspect by the time 25+ TB hard drives are inexpensive and common, most of my dvd collection probably would have been collecting dust for many years. I might not have much motivation nor the patience anymore by then, to rip my entire dvd collection to a 25+ TB hard drive.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:51 AM   #3753  
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I would sure hope that's the case. Certainly much better than the alternative scenario, but unfortunately, much less likely IMO.
Kosty SAID he was going to stop posting for a while, due to "work", despite the fact that he was posting 24/7 for the last 7 years. Despite the fact that he was posting on at least 6 different message boards. Despite the fact that he just recently set up an entire subforum over at the HTF for discussion about blu-ray sales and news. Despite the fact that he racked up at least 40,000 posts in the last 7 years (which works out to a lot of posts per day, every day).

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I have been very busy the last couple weeks on annual business meetings and business travel and a lot of professional stuff that has made it pretty hard to keep up on the conversation. I will continue to be pretty busy next week as well.

Besides, at this extremely slow time of the year in July there has not been a lot to talk about anyway.

I'll get back to a more regular posting schedule after next week.
Blu-ray player sales are declining. Blu-ray disc sales are flattening. Cinram declared bankruptcy. Singulus is tanking. Technicolor is still bleeding after returning from bankuptcy. Sharp, Panasonic, and Pioneer are bleeding cash in the CE sector. Sony closed down their blu-ray drive plant. Viacom CEO just said the economics of Hollywood have changed due to declining disc sales.

Viacom CEO: Declining DVD Sales Have Altered Moviemaking Economics

The possibility exists that Kosty's interest in disc based home video is/was more than just a "hobby".
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:04 AM   #3754  
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Another related article.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/viac...her-franchise/

Some amusing comments after the articles.

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1. “We reduced the number of releases to about 15 a year and focused on existing franchises, developing new franchises, and developing our brands.” = money makers without a shred of originality.
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Paramount’s really desperate to some sort of stable of “franchises” under them. Smacks of short-sightedness and shallowness.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #3755  
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If Paramount is in the dumps, one wonders whether Star Trek is still bringing home the bread in large enough amounts.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #3756  
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Kosty SAID he was going to stop posting for a while, due to "work", despite the fact that he was posting 24/7 for the last 7 years. Despite the fact that he was posting on at least 6 different message boards. Despite the fact that he just recently set up an entire subforum over at the HTF for discussion about blu-ray sales and news. Despite the fact that he racked up at least 40,000 posts in the last 7 years (which works out to a lot of posts per day, every day).



Blu-ray player sales are declining. Blu-ray disc sales are flattening. Cinram declared bankruptcy. Singulus is tanking. Technicolor is still bleeding after returning from bankuptcy. Sharp, Panasonic, and Pioneer are bleeding cash in the CE sector. Sony closed down their blu-ray drive plant. Viacom CEO just said the economics of Hollywood have changed due to declining disc sales.

Viacom CEO: Declining DVD Sales Have Altered Moviemaking Economics

The possibility exists that Kosty's interest in disc based home video is/was more than just a "hobby".
Well if he doesn't come back, then we'll probably never know. Like I said, I would prefer that possibility (which I agree does exist, however small) to him being unable to post due to illness or death. Kosty has sent me several lengthy emails arguing his position about Blu-ray, so that alone tends to make me believe he that Blu-ray was merely a passion/obsession for him. Besides, how many people anymore really read the subforums dealing with Blu-ray adoption? It's not like he was reaching out to many people.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #3757  
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Kosty SAID he was going to stop posting for a while, due to "work", despite the fact that he was posting 24/7 for the last 7 years. Despite the fact that he was posting on at least 6 different message boards. Despite the fact that he just recently set up an entire subforum over at the HTF for discussion about blu-ray sales and news. Despite the fact that he racked up at least 40,000 posts in the last 7 years (which works out to a lot of posts per day, every day).



Blu-ray player sales are declining. Blu-ray disc sales are flattening. Cinram declared bankruptcy. Singulus is tanking. Technicolor is still bleeding after returning from bankuptcy. Sharp, Panasonic, and Pioneer are bleeding cash in the CE sector. Sony closed down their blu-ray drive plant. Viacom CEO just said the economics of Hollywood have changed due to declining disc sales.

Viacom CEO: Declining DVD Sales Have Altered Moviemaking Economics

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Is the guy from Viacom saying that he doesn't see DVD going away?
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“Happily, digital revenues are growing but it’s not a perfect transference [with disc sales] at this point,” Dauman said. “The rate of decline up until this point has been pretty significant on the DVD side. It’s not going away, but I don’t personally expect that it will go back to where it was.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:11 AM   #3758  
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Is the guy from Viacom saying that he doesn't see DVD going away?
Somebody in an official capacity admits the truth.

The question is what exactly does this executive mean by "dvd". Do they mean dvd discs alone, or is bluray also lumped into the "dvd" category.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:59 PM   #3759  
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Well if he doesn't come back, then we'll probably never know. Like I said, I would prefer that possibility (which I agree does exist, however small) to him being unable to post due to illness or death. Kosty has sent me several lengthy emails arguing his position about Blu-ray, so that alone tends to make me believe he that Blu-ray was merely a passion/obsession for him. Besides, how many people anymore really read the subforums dealing with Blu-ray adoption? It's not like he was reaching out to many people.
Very odd that he would just drop out of every forum without another word.
Even to just say on one of them that he is busy now and cannot post for now.
I fear something bad has happened, and I am hoping that it is just computer breakdown and nothing else. Is there no way one person can track down anyway to contact this guy.
After 4 years of posting, I do not feel bad when some posters dropped off the forum, but Kosty has a passion and intelligence that made it fun and interesting.
Miss ya Kos, come back soon so we can disagree again
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:35 PM   #3760  
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Somebody in an official capacity admits the truth.

The question is what exactly does this executive mean by "dvd". Do they mean dvd discs alone, or is bluray also lumped into the "dvd" category.
He which is referring to DVD which has dropped 5 years in a row.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:16 PM   #3761  
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Well if he doesn't come back, then we'll probably never know. Like I said, I would prefer that possibility (which I agree does exist, however small) to him being unable to post due to illness or death. Kosty has sent me several lengthy emails arguing his position about Blu-ray, so that alone tends to make me believe he that Blu-ray was merely a passion/obsession for him. Besides, how many people anymore really read the subforums dealing with Blu-ray adoption? It's not like he was reaching out to many people.
Even if he came back today we will never really know. He could say he was just busy. But really? Too busy to check in to one site that you devoted your life to for years? I don't buy that. I would think it would be very unlikely he is sick. Because he did say he wouldn't be posting for awhile because of work and because there was nothing much to talk about during this time of the year. Well, no good Bluray news that's for sure. But that's all he really wanted to talk about anyway. I think his gig ended and that was his exit post. He was very private so he could reappear at a later date as someone else with a new agenda. Oh well. At least I know the guy doing the charts now is pretty neutral. And reports the news very neutral! Thanks Bruce!
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:28 PM   #3762  
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Very odd that he would just drop out of every forum without another word.
Even to just say on one of them that he is busy now and cannot post for now.
I fear something bad has happened, and I am hoping that it is just computer breakdown and nothing else. Is there no way one person can track down anyway to contact this guy.
After 4 years of posting, I do not feel bad when some posters dropped off the forum, but Kosty has a passion and intelligence that made it fun and interesting.
Miss ya Kos, come back soon so we can disagree again
Kosty often posted from his phone/tablet when at events. IIRC, he even posted from his hospital bed when he was sick last January.

I got some people in mind to ask.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:47 AM   #3763  
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Perspective from the UK.

http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/09/...rtainment.html

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- The UK movies & entertainment market had total revenues of $7.4 billion in 2011, representing a compound annual rate of change (CARC) of -3.4% between 2007 and 2011.

- Video sales were the most lucrative for the UK movies & entertainment market in 2011, with total revenues of $3.6 billion, equivalent to 48.7% of the market's overall value.

- The performance of the market is forecast to decline even faster, with an anticipated CARC of -3.7% for the five-year period 2011 - 2016, which is expected to drive the market to a value of $6.1 billion by the end of 2016.
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Time Warner's CEO claims that dvd sales decline is "moderating".

(Is it hitting an absolute bottom, or a temporary trough?)

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/war...derating-28375

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Sept. 20 told an investor group that while sales of movie discs continue to decline, the drop off is moderating a bit due to evolving strategies aimed at making content ownership easier and more price effective.
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Time Warner's CEO claims that dvd sales decline is "moderating".

(Is it hitting an absolute bottom, or a temporary trough?)

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/war...derating-28375
Viacom CEO: Declining DVD Sales Have Altered Moviemaking Economics

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told an investor group that the ongoing slowdown of disc sales of new-release movies continues to reverberate through Hollywood, leading studios to rework the entire economics of moviemaking, among other issues.

Speaking Sept. 19 at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York, Dauman said multiplatform pay-TV platform Epix (which is co-owned by Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures), Redbox and subscription video-on-demand services continue to supplant slumping DVD sales only to a point.
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/par...conomics-28359
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