Dear Jonathan,

We just ordered a DVD from your company last week. Recently, there has been 
discussion on this topic in this listserv. I can speak for my university only. 
We develop our collection in both formats. We do have some streaming and we 
also have a large collection of DVDs. Students want only streaming. Faculty 
don't care what format is the program as long as there is an easy to use 
playback machine. They are interested in having access to specific contents 
only. We do not have a large budget for AV so if your company decides not to 
produce DVDs, we cannot subscribe to Docuseek2 instead and we are forced to 
tell our faculty that we no longer can get your programs. The problem for 
university libraries with small budget for AV is that we need individual 
programs from a variety of publishers. But each of these publishers are in a 
different streaming platform such as Docuseek2, Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, 
Infobase, etc. We are never able to subscribe to all of these services. But we 
are able to purchase individual DVDs from each of them as needed.

Farhad Moshiri, MLS
Post-Masters Advanced Study Certificate
Audiovisual  Librarian
Subject areas: Music, Dance, Copyright issues,
Middle Eastern Studies
University of the Incarnate Word
J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library
4301 Broadway - CPO 297
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-3842

[] On Behalf Of Jonathan Miller
Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 9:19 AM
Subject: [Videolib] No more DVDs?

Dear Videolib friends

As many of you know Icarus Films has been helping to build, and currently has 
over 300 titles on, Docuseek2, to provide colleges and universities streaming 
access to our collection over the internet.

Yes, we continue to invest in producing and releasing DVDs of the same titles. 
And, as streaming usage increases, selling fewer and fewer of them.

It is making me wonder if we should stop selling DVDs altogether, not producing 
them at all for new films, and not ordering any more once we sell the last one 
of an older one.

What do you think would happen if we did that?

How many of you would definitely NOT buy or use a film that a professor or 
collection development librarian wanted to have, if it was ONLY available via 

I'm serious in asking this question, I think it may be time to take a (perhaps) 
drastic step, and not another small incremental one.  What do you think?  

Curiously yours,

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller
Icarus Films
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201<><>

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