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Submission + - Digital movies cost 429 times more to store (computerworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Fewer than half of all movies made prior to 1950 are around today due to film degradation issues. But, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the lifespan for digitally-recorded films could be even worse as storage for it costs $12,510 per year, compared with $1,059 for celluloid, and storing the outtakes and voice recordings cost up to 429 times more to store per year — $208,500 per year for digital materials vs. $486 for film. On top of that, motion pictures being recorded digitally today and not on celluloid film may not survive over time because of backward compatibility issues and digital degradation.

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