British supermarket chain Tesco will begin to end the sale of CDs and DVDs in its stores, insiders have revealed.
A tip provided to Movie stories suggests that the company will no longer receive inventory of new physical media, as stores are expected to have sold or removed any remaining products by the end of February 2022.
“We will reduce the general entertainment, electrical and toy product lines [in stores]», We read in an internal Tesco communication obtained by Film Stories. The memo would specifically refer to “CD and DVD removal”.
The move comes after Sainsbury’s last year announced a similar policy regarding the sale of physical media, with the holiday season of 2021 marking the channel’s latest push to sell its remaining inventory of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.
While Blu-ray discs are not specifically mentioned in Film Stories’ report of Tesco’s decision, it is likely that they, too, will fall victim to the chain’s massive removal of physical media from its stores.
TechToSee understands that video games will not be included in the move.
A new life ?
It remains to be seen whether this move reported by Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, will spell the end of physical media products such as CDs and DVDs.
On the one hand, Amazon and HMV are still engaged in the physical media market despite the widespread shift to digital streaming, and Tesco’s possible removal of CDs and DVDs could simply force consumers who remain interested in these products to buy elsewhere.
It’s no secret, however, that the CD and DVD industries as a whole have endured a scorching decade. Wired recently reported that only 300 million DVDs are expected to have been sold worldwide in 2021, compared to an average of 2 billion each year between 2005 and 2009.
Still, the advent of 4K and Ultra HD DVD content remains an enticing proposition for many die-hard movie fans in 2022, especially as TV display technology continues to improve as well.
Additionally, while CDs have been largely destroyed by music streaming services, they may enjoy a vinyl-like cultural renaissance in recent years.
In December 2021, The Guardian reported that vinyl sales were up 8% from 2020 figures, marking the 14th consecutive year of growth since 2007. At the end of the year, vinyl accounted for nearly one in four album purchases – the highest proportion since 1990.
Perhaps CDs will then benefit from the same nostalgic boom. With traditional DVDs, they might soon have the same foggy look as their 12-inch counterparts.
Don’t expect to find them in Tescos any longer.