DVDs going the way of the Dodo

Sony has worked out that DVDs are on their way out and have started to hand out pink slips and P45 to workers making the little shiny disks.

Sony Pictures has told 450 people mostly in the United States to clean out their desks and is not going to hire a missing 100 positions.

The move is partly to cut costs but also because DVD is fast becoming an also ran in the format wars. Not only Blu-ray, but piracy, and other formats have eaten into DVD sales.

Sony told employees about the cuts in a memo yesterday. The layoffs represent about a 6.5 per cent reduction in the 6800-strong work force at Sony Pictures.

Most of the cuts will occur by the first week of March and will be in the home entertainment and information technology units.