Sony to Take Over Disney's Physical Media Business

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Via Variety: Disney Strikes Deal for Sony to Take Over Its DVD, Blu-ray Disc Business. From TFA: " As part of the deal, Sony will market, sell and distribute all Disney’s new releases and catalog titles on physical media to consumers through retailers and distributors in the U.S. and Canada. Disney will continue to manage its own digital media, like premium video-on-demand."

Some stores like FYE, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Walmart still carry some physical media while Best Buy retail stores are in the process of phasing it out. In many markets, local media and record shops might be an even better bet as the once-ubiquitous 5-inch digital versatile disc is increasingly a niche product, albeit one that has enjoyed a much longer and arguably stronger life than VHS.

With streaming being what it is - a constant, changing world of movies shifting from platform to platform - some older fans have found physical media to be a good way to buy licensed content that someone can't steal or deactivate remotely, as has been seen by the Otaku of the world in recent months. If you have a good, DRM-free digital copy you're golden. But you probably don't. As such, this story will be interesting to watch develop and see if Sony does what Disney didn't and finds a way to bundle toys or other collectibles with discs to entice purchases from a certain kind of older fan.