Universal and Sony have sold up. 😕
They used to jointly operate Zoom for the sales of physical media and a few bits of merchandise. Now they’ve been taken over by a company I’ve yet to look into – based in the UK at least.
But unless this outfit is REALLY good at pushing physical media this does not bode well. Warner Brothers recently closed their online physical media shop as I previously posted. They have a ‘section on Amazon’ now which is utterly useless to savvy shoppers like me who don’t have an Amazon account.
I remember when a company took over AudioGo from the BBC – and that was selling Audiobooks – I think almost all of which were digital audiobooks. They closed a couple of years later – which of course meant unless you’d downloaded everything you would have been robbed of your purchases (ala Google Play Music). If those buffoons couldn’t even keep a digital audiobook site afloat, imagine how much harder these people are going to find keeping a mainly physical media outlet in the black.
It’s a harder sell than ever, what with paid up media outlets constantly telling you to watch this and watch that on trash streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (I know it’s not called that but fuck them because you can’t access it without Prime and even then other stuff is behind yet more paywalls, so let’s just tell it like it is, shall we). Add to that ‘the cool kidz’ on forums constantly smugly telling you you just need to adapt and accept streaming is going to replace physical media – they themselves either brain rinsed by the barrage of Netflix-paid media or without a discerning fibre in their whole being – entirely happy to have a vacuous, projectile vomitesque pile of shit streamed at them all at once for about £20 a month, totally fooled into thinking that represents “choice”.
I’d love to be proven wrong, but I have this depressing feeling Zoom won’t be around much longer – severing another choice that once had pretty much direct access to 2 of the biggest film studios around for assured supply of 4K films.
Clouds are gathering….