Broadcaster’s view: Goodbye DVDs, you’ll be sadly missed

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 November 2018


It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of the DVD.

John Lewis has said it will stop stocking DVD players.

Now what am I going to do with all those DVDs that I never watch? I’ll never manage to flog them now.

I feel bad for the DVD because no one will mourn it.

It’s not like vinyl. Vinyl is an outdated format but people still go on about it.

You meet people at parties who say, “Actually I listen to all my music on vinyl, yeah, you just can’t beat that authentic sound, you know.”

But what you hear them say is, “Please like me and think I’m cool. Please.”

OK, the DVD format wasn’t as fun as video where you could press pause at the right moment and make the people in the film look like they were headbanging, but there will be things we’ll miss.

We’ll look back and remember how you’d put the DVD in, settle down, and have to sit through five hours of warnings from the FBI. You couldn’t skip them. I felt like I was told off more by the FBI than El Chapo.

These days everyone is watching their films online and streaming, which means they will never know the joy of seeing some random bloke come walking into a pub, slinking up to you and asking if you want DVD.

For just £5 you had a copy of the back of someone’s head who was watching the film you wanted.

Maybe we say no. Refuse to go quietly.

You make a stand, keep your DVD player, keep the format alive and buy all the DVDs you can get no matter how high the price.

If you need to buy some I have some for sale.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

West Ham footballers helped bring some early Christmas cheer when they visited sick youngsters, including a little girl from Dagenham.

Did you know one in five people think the NHS struggles during winter because people use the wrong services?

Yesterday, 17:36

A teenager has been hit by a van near Barking and Dagenham College.

Yesterday, 17:35

A fourth man has been charged with the murder of Abdulrahman Nassor Juma, who was fatally stabbed in Barking in May.

Yesterday, 17:08

A Dagenham market trader has been found guilty of torching a £260,000 Ferrari during an arson attack in Emerson Park that was revenge for a business deal gone wrong.

Yesterday, 17:00

Bola Johnson is in Year 10 at All Saints Catholic School. The 14-year-old Rhiannon Long about knife crime and the pressure young people face in Dagenham.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now