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This Perfectly Preserved Blockbuster Offers a Fascinating Glimpse Into Life in 2010

Thanks to the brain cell-killing power of alcohol, many of us can barely remember what it was like in the early 2010s, when visual content was still primarily consumed via plastic video discs, but one lucky urban explorer got to experience it firsthand when he discovered a deserted but otherwise intact Blockbuster store in south Texas. Read More >>

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The Best Sci-Fi Blu-rays, DVDs and Boxsets of 2015

2015 has been a pretty great year for science fiction, both on television and in the cinema. Plenty of those great offerings also made their way onto DVD and Blu-ray, so if you're still looking for some last-minute Christmas gifts there are plenty of great options available to you. Read More >>

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The 40th Anniversary Python Holy Grail Box Set Doubles As a Working Catapult

It’s hard to believe that the greatest achievement in comedic filmmaking is already 40 years old. And to help get another generation hooked on the antics of Monty Python, the 40th anniversary box set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail includes a tiny (but working) cow catapult. Read More >>

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The Metal Once Used to Coat DVDs Could Make Ultrathin Colour Screens

It's 2014 and DVDs are years past futuristic. But researchers at Oxford think that a metal alloy in DVDs could also be used to make thin, flexible, and low-power screens for wearables. Here's how it works. Read More >>

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Porn Stars Ask Rabid Consumers to #PayForYourPorn

The masses of porn torrents that someone else or a virus mysteriously queued up on your computer are ruining the porn industry, and if you really cared about the sex world you'd start paying real money for access to grot. That's the thinking behind the #PayForYourPorn initiative, backed by one adult movie studio. Read More >>

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The Government Has Seen the Light; Ripping CDs and DVDs is Being Legalised

As it turns out, it is still illegal to rip CDs and DVDs, even if you have no intention of distributing them. Fortunately our government is doing something sensible (you could argue, for a change) and from July backing up physical media will no longer be a crime -- as long as it's for your own personal use. Read More >>

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Researchers Have Found a Way To Cram 1,000 Gigabytes Onto a Single DVD

Now that its bigger brother Blu-ray has stolen the spotlight, paltry 4.7 GB DVDs have slowly started to fade into obscurity. But could they be poised for a comeback? A trio of Chinese scientists have discovered a breakthrough process that could, at least in theory, allow a DVD to store a whopping 1,000 GB—or a full petabyt—of data. Suck on that, Blu-ray. Read More >>

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A Blu-ray Disc That Lasts 1,000 Years Guarantees Uncle Buck Lives On

They last a lot longer than the tape-based storage of yesteryear, but optical discs, particularly the type you burn at home, aren't guaranteed to survive even a decade. So if you want to pass on that wedding video/vacation photos/copy of Uncle Buck to your great-great grand kids, you'll want to opt for Millenniata's new 25GB Blu-ray compatible M-DISCs, which are guaranteed to last at least 1,000 years. Read More >>

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Play’s Shutting Up Shop and Turning Into Ebay

That Jersey tax loophole that the government shut last year was essentially the life-blood of many a cheap DVD shop. Now Play.com's bitten the dust, as it can no longer sustain direct sales to the UK. It'll be reborn from the ashes to be a market place, just like Ebay or Amazon Market Place. Read More >>

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This 92-Year-Old DVD Pirate Is a Total Badass

Strictly speaking, bootlegging movies isn't right. Hyman Strachman knows this, and he does it anyway. According to the New York Times profile of the notorious pirate, he's shipped 300,000 ripped-off movies overseas to the troops—for free. Read More >>

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It’s Official: People Love Streaming More Than DVDs

Confirming what pretty much everyone already knew, streaming is officially more popular than renting discs, at least according to LoveFilm. Having gone big with its LoveFilm Instant in the battle with Netflix, streams are now the most popular way people consume stuff from the Amazon-owned company eclipsing DVDs, Blu-rays and games combined. Read More >>

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Greedy Government Forces DVD Prices Up

For ages now, we’ve been able to get our DVDs, games and Blu-rays on-the-cheap from Jersey, thanks to a little tax loophole called LVCR. Of course the government has been clamouring like a fat kid after cup cakes for all that missed tax. Now it’s been given the go-ahead to crush LVCR, meaning discs are going to get pricier from next month. Read More >>

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Regional Lockout Doesn’t Have a Place In Today’s Globally Connected On-Demand Online World

With the launch of Netflix in the UK, we've had another chance to directly experience the dreaded regional lockout; by that I mean the practice of only making certain content available in certain geographic locations. And it's not for localisation reasons either. It's simply to do with money, and it doesn't have a place in our globally connected internet world. Read More >>

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Cheap Blu-ray Channel Islands VAT Loophole Closed From 2012

All those packages you get from Jersey and Guernsey will soon cost a bit more, thanks to the government giving in to EU demands to stop businesses in the Channel Islands skipping charging VAT on small purchases. Read More >>