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 From: videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Jonathan Miller Sent: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 9:19 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 streaming? 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? Thanks! Curiously yours, Jonathan Miller Jonathan Miller President Icarus Films 32 Court Street, 21st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.IcarusFilms.com<http://www.icarusfilms.com/> http://HomeVideo.IcarusFilms.com<http://homevideo.icarusfilms.com/> Tel 1.718.488.8900 Fax 1.718.488.8642 jmil...@icarusfilms.com<mailto:jmil...@icarusfilms.com> ________________________________ This email and any files transmitted with it may be confidential or contain privileged information and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, please be advised that you have received this email in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this email and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please immediately delete the email and any attachments from your system and notify the sender. Any other use of this e-mail is prohibited. Thank you for your compliance.
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