It makes sense. Digital technology is fast replacing everything from film photographs to taped music. The Disney studios are saying that the movie theater format is next to go:
“I’m referring to digital cinema. In today’s world you go to a theater to view a piece of 35-millimeter film that uses an intense light source behind it to project onto a big screen. The notion of shipping, warehousing, reclaiming, restoring, and destroying reels of film will one day, potentially sometime in our lifetime, become obsolete.
This will happen in favor of a digital system where everything from the way the camera captures the image, through the method the content is edited and cut into a final product, to the manufacturing process for distribution, which will most likely occur on DVDs, distributed through satellite or another form of terrestrial distribution. [It’s] all to be determined. It will have a dramatic impact on supplier relationships and infrastructure supporting all that supply chain. “
Applications for scientists and researchers and physicians are sure to precede those of the entertainment industry.