Physical media supply chain already being affected

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Expect shipments of DVDs, Blu-rays and 4K discs to hit delays too in the coming weeks.

Already in response to the spread of Coronavirus, we’re seeing cinemas around the world close down as a precaution, and it’s hard to see many of them opening for a month or two. As such, lots of us are staying at home for the near future, and raiding our home movie collections.

But perhaps inevitably, we’re already hearing quiet murmurings of delays in the physical media supply chain. That whilst there are lots of films heading to DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray over the coming weeks, it may take a little while longer to actually get them to people.

For it seems that supply chain is already under some pressure, from manufacturing to the trucks delivering them to distributors. The impact is already starting to be felt, we’re hearing.

Even Amazon, with its extensive distribution system and not always particularly joyful stories of what some of its staff have to put up with has started to put up notes on its website declaring that shipments may be taking longer than usual.

Who knew? In times of national crisis, food, drink and bog roll is more important than the June 1st DVD release of Cats. Priorities, eh?

We’ll keep you posted as we hear of any release date delays. But expect one by-product of this time to be a transformative era for video on demand…

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