Dear BluRay & DVD,

We knew this day would come. Even though you and your buddies may have found a home on a number of shelves over the past few years, neatly alphabetized and ripe for the taking when I needed you, the time has come where we both go our separate ways.

It’s not me, it’s you. Your various special edition, limited edition box sets really just don’t mean as much as you used to and you’ve put a dent in my wallet for the last time. You can dress it up however you like, but you’re still taking up space I could be so much better off with. And let’s face it, it’s an effort just to come and see you at HMV. I know we used to have so much fun in our routine walks up and down the aisles every other week, you under my arm in stacks. Those days are gone, though. Now that cute Jack Russell sat by a gramophone may as well be hearing the funeral march, instead of his master’s voice.

I know what you’re going to say; sure, you can change, ‘we can make it work with 4K Blu-Ray’. They might have exceeded even you in terms of début unit sales, but they didn’t encounter a competitive physical format like the HD DVDs (they meant nothing to me by the way, not as much as you).

The truth is, I’ve met someone else. You may have noticed them in passing for a while now. That little black box under the telly? It’s getting pretty serious. I don’t know how to explain it, It just sort of…happened. I needed something to channel Netflix and NOW TV and they understood me from the off. We just clicked. I was thinking of you the entire time, I swear and I tried to plan it over in my head of how to tell you. Would you understand? Would they be okay with the transition? Sure you had digital codes with hard copies occasionally but you didn’t deliver every time – I mean, I still can’t forgive you for UltraViolet. What the hell were you thinking?

Instead, now I feel so much better off. I ask them, and they just know – I push the right button and we can spend a whole day together and I don’t even have to get up. They’re so considerate, as well – always asking if I’m still watching. You just used to play the DVD menu on loop – did you even think what damage that would do to my TV screen? Course not! It was always about you, your special features and limited edition copies – well not anymore! I’ve bought the Lord of the Rings trilogy in a different format for the last time, and this one I can take with me on a plane to New Zealand and back again!

I don’t want to make this more painful than it is. You’ll find someone out there that treats you right, I’m sure. There’s even apps to get you back in the game – eBay, Amazon Marketplace. Hell, I can post about you on Twitter if you’d like? Someone’s bound to have you.

I didn’t mean it like that. It’s just I know someone will treat you right but I just need my shelf space and adaptability. I’ll be moving soon, and there’s just not enough room for 6 or 7 boxes of discs I’ve barely taken off the shelf. I can’t speak highly of you enough and I want to thank you for all the good times we had. So many memories. Even those wild times where we experimented and we tried you on my PlayStation 2 back when it was all the rage. Gosh, we were crazy.

I hope we can still be friends and I want to promise that if we ever meet again, I hope times are different and you’re better off. I’m going to give you one last viewing, for old times sake, before you go but know that whoever gets you will realise you’re still loved by someone – just not someone who wants everything stored on the Cloud (still don’t quite know what it is).

Thanks for the laughs, the language selections and the love.

See you around,

Nick.

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