The Cutting Room Floor: The Development Of Hollywood In The Household

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Remember Betamax? Depending on how old you were during the 80s, you may well not. But there was a time when Betamax and VHS competed in a fierce format war, which would see VHS emerge victorious at the end of the decade after Betamax creators Sony began to produce their own VHS players. Of course, video tapes of any sort are a curious anachronism these days, consigned to history alongside other formats such as the Laserdisc – an early CD-based medium that would gain some popularity in the far east but was all but unheard of in the US and Europe.

While DVD has become the industry standard, the future is very much HD thanks to the Blu-ray disc – though not before Blu-ray had its own format war with HD DVD, a rival HD medium principally supported by Toshiba. It would eventually be discontinued in 2008 due to both declining consumer interest and the fact that several major movie studios moved to commit to the Blu-ray format.

At this point, it’s possible that you’ve amassed a fair DVD collection, but it’s not just Blu-ray that might tempt you away from it. Numerous ways to stream HD movies and TV programs have sprung up in recent years, available via cable and satellite networks, your computer or games console, or even directly through your TV. Soon you may have no need for a physical library of DVDs at all, with everything available on demand at any time you please.

But for those who want to maintain a physical collection, Blu-ray increasingly has more to offer than the humble DVD – not only is it a high-definition format, the larger capacity of the discs allows for more bonus features to be added on to your favourite films. This can make it tempting to upgrade your DVD collection, particularly with the increasing availability of boxed sets of films and TV series. But if you are going to make the jump to Blu-ray, what should you do with your old DVDs?

Well, musicMagpie has the answer. Enter the barcodes on your DVDs into their website, or scan them with your webcam or the musicMagpie app, and you’ll find out what they’re worth. Then you can send anywhere between 10 and 500 DVDs to musicMagpie, free of charge – and they’ll even collect them from your door if you’ve got more than 25 to sell. You can even sell Blu-rays too, if you’ve got any you no longer need. Once the order gets to musicMagpie and is verified, it’s dead easy to get paid – you can have the money transferred into your bank account, be sent a cheque, or even get an e-voucher delivered to you straight away. There’s even the option to donate the money to charity if you’d like.

So if you’re thinking of upgrading your DVD collection, look to musicMagpie to make it more cost-effective – not only will you have cash to show for it, you’ll also have plenty of space for all those new Blu-rays!

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