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Consumers Want To Back Up DVDs: NCL

Washington — Consumers are interested more then ever in being able to back up their DVD collections to their PC, according to theNational Consumers League (NCL).

The survey of 1,000 consumers, ages 18 to 64, conducted in March, found the desire to download DVDs stemmed from the fact that the people are playing videos more frequently on their laptops and portable movie players, resulting in damaged discs. The owner then has to go out and purchase a replacement.

Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said they or members of their family watch DVD movies on a computer, either desktop or laptop. This number increased to 74 percent for families with children. About 40 percent of families also use a portable DVD player to view. The more the DVDs are used outside the home, the higher the risk of damaging the discs, the NCL pointed out.

The survey found 90 percent of DVD owners, 93 percent with kids, believe they should be able to burn videos to their PC for backup in the same manner they now do so with music CDs. Forty-six percent of these people said they have had to buy a second copy of a movie in order to replace one that was damaged.

“Clearly, advances in technology have left consumers expecting a great deal of freedom when it comes to movies that they’ve purchased,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director. “Consumers’ attitudes towards saving content have been shaped by their ability to freely copy the contents of their CD collections to their computers and iPods. Our survey shows that they are eager to have that same ability with their DVDs and are frustrated that the market has not adapted to meet that desire.”