Australia’s NFSA is Moving To Digital Only

Ok, this news should alarm any physical media collectors in Australia and the rest of the world:

The NFSA (National Film and Sound Archive) of Australia is moving to digital only availability of all films and media. What this means is that from October 1st 2019 there will no longer be the option of purchasing the Australian content that the NFSA provides on DVD or Bluray. It will only be available via digital means.

The quote on the website is as follows:

The shift in consumption to digital delivery of audio and visual content has dramatically reduced demand for physical sales of NFSA CDs and DVDs. The NFSA will cease sales of DVD and CD formats on 30 September 2019.

Consumers shift to digital delivery of audio and visual content has seen a dramatic decline in interest and physical sales of CD’s and DVD’s. The NFSA has therefore taken the difficult decision to cease sale of DVD and CD formats on September 30, 2019.

From 1 October, 2019 all items on the NFSA Online shop will be delivered digitally with a number of options available.

Until 30 September 2019, DVDs and Blu-rays from the NFSA and the Film Australia Collection are available to licence and purchase for non theatrical, educational and home viewer use.

NFSA Website:

At the moment, the NFSA is the only place that people can purchase physical copies of The Story of the Kelly Gang, The Sentimental Bloke, or Australia’s first feature animated film, Marco Polo Jnr Versus the Red Dragon, or the AFI Best Film winner, Annie’s Coming Out, or Cunnamulla, alongside a huge wealth of other Australian films, documentaries, curios, and TV shows.

I want to stress, these films will still be available to stream online, but the physical copies will no longer be available. You have until September 30th 2019 to stock up your Australian film collection before these physical copies are no more.

Andrew F Peirce

Andrew is passionate about Australian cinema, Australian politics, Australian culture, and Australia in general. Found regularly talking online about Sweet Country, and reminding people to watch Young Adult.

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