Michael at UK DVDs Online tells us about his love of British
TV and Film which he has turned into an online business. With
classics such as The Ealing Comedies, Hammer Horror, the Carry
On movies and British Cult TV titles, UK DVDs Online has about
6,000 titles to choose from. Michael can also source those
rare and hard-to-find British titles.
business idea probably started when DVDs first became
available on the internet. I started collecting British
films and television programmes but I found it
difficult to find out what was available, as most sites mixed
British with American titles which made it a bit
overwhelming. When you consider that even today British
titles only represent a small proportion of the currently
available 60,000 + titles.
So I started to create my own database of titles I wanted
– a wish list if you like. As my collection started to
grow and storage became limited I decided to sell some of
them on Ebay. I enjoyed it so much I became addicted to
selling online and ended up selling off all my DVD
With no titles left to sell I then started looking for DVD
suppliers. No easy task, but persistence provided me with my
first source. Through this one supplier we now have a whole
network of contacts from DVD labels to wholesalers,
distributors to little known specialist sites.
This gave me a firm grounding of where to find all the rare
titles. I found customers started to email us with their
wish list and this gave me a reason to research and
investigate the title. I’m fairly confident now that if I
can’t find it then it is because it has yet to be released
We now encourage customers to contact us with their wish
list, particularly as we now receive regular information of
titles on provisional release long before the major retail
sites are aware of them. We currently have a list of 300 –
400 film & tv programme titles that we know will be
released over the next couple of years.
Over the years we have accumulated a customer base from all
over the world seeking out these long lost titles. Customers
from Australia to North America & New Caledonia to
Ethiopia are our typical customer base. American customers
purchase films & TV drama titles that are not otherwise
available in their country. Scandinavian customers love the
old b&w war films. The Japanese seem to like Benny
Hill and the ex-pats love the old comedy films and 70s
We relaunched our website in March 2010 with a new
management company. They have assisted us in driving a far
larger volume of traffic than previously and as such our
sales have started to grow.
With the increase of customers came an increase in interest
of our newsletter. We will be producing a new weekly version
shortly as it will contain the weeks’ new releases along
with a few titles on price promotion. This regular
notification will save the subscriber time in finding
out what’s new on DVD concerning British TV and film.
Relaunching the new website allowed me to reassess the site.
With the database now holding 5500 – 6000 titles I decided
to subcategorise them in order to make it easier and more
interesting for the browser. All films are categorised not
just by genre but also by decade. The same for TV programmes. There’s a category for Hammer and Ealing
studios. Doctor Who can be browsed by the Doctor Who actor.
The same as for James Bond.
There is much more depth of info on the product pages as we
now include a lot more actor details that are not found on
the DVD artwork, plus we include all episode titles where
Our next phase for the website is to provide additional
search facilities such as by actor or director & more
content info on the product pages. A new facility is coming where a
customer can subscribe to be notified when a new title has a pre release date.
Also, with a page containing their
wish list of titles both currently available or not.
As for the future, there are still a huge amount of British
TV programmes and films that have yet to be released on DVD.
Then there is Blu-ray which we have just started to stock
along with film & TV soundtracks on CD.
We are a UK based internet
company specialising in British television programmes &
films on DVD. From period drama to cult classics, nostalgia to
contemporary and newly released to hard to find titles.
All our DVDs are genuine region 2, new and original discs
We offer worldwide delivery with subsidised shipping &
Free UK shipping
We have many rare and hard to find British films & tv
programmes on DVD.
For all enquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
UKdvdsonline, Mullions, Dark
Lane, Wroxton, Oxfordshire,OX15 6QQ, United Kingdom