For lovers of TV and movie fare, Amazon has an enticing list to peruse titled "The Ultimate List of Spendy DVDs". These are not your average boxed sets of DVDs, but the "Ultimate" sets.
For example, top on this list is "Seinfeld-The Complete Series", which is every Seinfeld episode done of course, plus a lot of extras. Amazon's selling it for around $205. Here's what it includes:
- DVD Features:
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Features 32 DVDs with all 180 episodes
- More than 104 hours of amazing extras
- The Official Coffee Table Book: a 226-page bound anthology filled with photos, quotes, and trivia from every episode
- Bonus disc featuring the reunion of the cast plus Larry David on the ninth anniversary of the series finale
- Packaged in a handy collector's case that will look great on your shelf
- Documentaries for all nine seasons
- Inside looks
- Not That There's Anything Wrong With That (bloopers)
- In the vault (deleted scenes)
- Yada Yada Yada (commentaries)
- Notes about nothing
That's about $6.40/DVD for 32 DVDs of entertainment about nothing.
And that's just the first set.
Others in the list include the complete and ultimate sets of everything from James Bond to the X-Files to Star Trek (most of the series) to Ray Romano.
It's not just TV or movie franchises from a specific brand title.
How about the UA (United Artists) 90th Anniversary collections of 90 movies for $650?
Or the Warner Mega Classics Collection of for $3,800?
A veritable cornucopia of pop American culture.
Amazon's even got a convenient button at the bottom if one wanted to buy all forty "ultimate spendy DVD box-sets. Just add them to the shopping cart with one click.
It'd run you about $14,000, or an average price of $350 per "ultimate spendy" set.
Wouldn't be too portable though, with 40 "ultimate splendy" DVD sets easily filling up most of the bookcases in the average home library.
I did some back of the envelope calculations based on some assumptions. Here some resulting observations:
1. Assuming that the average set has about 30 DVDs, this would be about 1200 DVDs.
2. If each DVD takes about 2 hours to watch, and one sets aside that much time per day to watch a DVD, one would be done with this collection in a little over 3 years. One set would take 60 hours of non-stop viewing. We're talking about 2400 hours of programming here.
3. Each physical DVD would cost about $12 per DVD. Note that most of these are regular DVDs, not HD or Blu-Ray High Definition discs, which typically retail for more per movie or TV show.
5. If each DVD represents about 4.5 Gb of data, the whole collection would be about 5.4 Terabytes.
With hard drive vendors like Seagate promising 37 Terabyte hard drives by 2010, we may be actually be able to put these drives to use. As this piece in Blorge.com points out:
"Seagate says a 300 Terabit hard drive, or one that stores 37 Terabytes, will be available to purchase by 2010. That means over 6000 Blu-ray discs on a single hard drive!
The way technology moves forward, 37 TB on a 3.5-inch hard drive may not seem so big in 2010. But here in 2007, it’s a lot of data, especially when Seagate’s largest single hard drive capacity is a paltry 750 GB in comparison."
We could probably get an iPod that'd have a 5-6 Terabte hard drive by then.
Consider this prediction by a Google executive at a conference in Asia a few days ago, via Macworld UK:
"In the foreseeable future, all the world's content will fit in the palm of your hand, according to Google, which made some fascinating IT predictions at the 2007 Captains of Industry Conference held in Singapore in November.
The forecasts came from Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, the vice president of Google's Asia Pacific and Latin America Operations. She told the conference, entitled "Innovation Drives Growth & Creates Opportunities in the Marketplace" that...
"...if this trend continues, and the cost of storage continues to decrease, we estimate that somewhere around 2020, all the world's content will fit inside an iPod, and all the world's music would sit in your palm as early as 2015," Cassidy surmised, "rendering the CD format unnecessary."
We'd better get the media industry working on how to price that ultimate splendy collection.