Just read on DoctorWhoNews http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2012/10/ultraviolet-121012174508.html two pieces of good news, although one is definitely more important than the other.
The first news is that Series 7, Part 1 will be released on DVD, although the article didn't give the release date.
But the more important news is that DW 7.1 is being released in the new UltraViolet format. This is the first time I'm hearing about UltraViolet, but it's total consumer squee. UV allows "purchasers to 'buy one, play anywhere' - a digital version of the item they have bought is also made available, which can then be played on up to twelve different devices, such as computers, mobiles and tablets, as well as streaming and download for online/offline viewing."
In other words, UltraViolet is, finally, some good news for the consumer. You get a digital version of the show, along with the DVD you've purchased, that you can view on up to 12 devices. You don't have to struggle with unpacking the DVD files and sending them to yourself or putting them on a thumb drive, just so that you can watch the show on your skinny laptop that doesn't have a DVD drive.
Although UltraViolet does nothing to dislodge onerous copyright laws and licensing models, it's a step toward convenience that consumers have waited a long time for.
Now, where's that violet nail polish, so I can celebrate?