DVDs and Blu-rays are essential when changing broadcasts.

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In 2021, I did a purge. Marie Kondoing was not thin-minded—no glee erupted. I just wanted less. My husband, Chris, and I were about to move, and my goal was to get rid of as much as possible. I didn’t want to pack something up, move it 200 miles, unpack it, and then never touch it again until our next move. So I went through books, clothes, kitchenware, tchotchkes.

But Chris wouldn’t let me near the hundreds of DVDs and Blu-rays we’d collected. We almost never use it, thanks to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Peacock, Showtime, AMC Plus, Apple TV+, and PBS Passport. (Yes, that’s an embarrassingly long list. In my defense, we usually don’t get it all at once – although now I think we actually do? And there are one or two free ones through other services, even though the free year of AMC Plus expired in December without me realizing it? Why am I telling you all this? Because I need to tell everyone about all my flaws.)

“What if the broadcast stops?” He was saying as I begged to donate some – not all! – who are they.

“You will never go Away’ I want to say. ‘They probably won’t have many choices. But we can always rent a movie digitally if you really want to see it.”

Refusal. And every time HBO Max pulls another movie or TV show I love from the platform, I cringe thinking: Chris was right.

My Sweet before the illustrious—a very strange and interesting show in which people from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, and 19 suddenly appearedy The century began to appear all over the world – and passed. That’s how it is Summer camp island And shut down. That’s how it all is a lot of things You may have enjoyed it but never heard of it. Some are now available elsewhere – I can purchase or rent digital copies from before the illustrious on Amazon Prime. Looks like Starz will catch on minxwho adored him

I like to re-watch my favorite shows and movies, often as background noise while I’m doing something else. And the idea that platforms are now removing even their original software — which I assumed was sacred — makes me worry about the future of other digital content, too. So I’m glad we extracted all the DVDs and Blu-rays (even if I still think we can unbox them and organize them some other way to save a bunch of space).

But I also hope viewers make a Blu-ray of their original content. I should be able to buy complete BoJack Horseman On Blu-ray to keep forever – what if something happens to Netflix? But I can only find Chapters 1 and 2—Most streaming originals don’t contain any physical media for sale at all.

I still don’t use our DVDs and Blu-rays much. But every time I see them lined up on the shelves, I get a little comforted. Because when I need them, they’ll be there.

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