MutantPie, on 01 March 2012 - 06:40 AM, said:
" the same movie in 1080p would tip the scales at roughly 10.64GB. That’s a lot of data to download (especially in these days of bandwidth caps from most major ISPs). It would also take a long time to download, and eat up a lot of storage space."
I know, huh!?! If only there was some kind of media that we could instantly interface with a TV or other devices that can handle digital data (and here's a crazy idea kids) like a computer, perhaps on a disk, that would give us full HD resolution, not take any time to download, and was reasonably priced, and still had DRM, and it worked with Apple brand products. Oh, I'm so Blu that the Ray's of the sun can never shine on such a set-up.
Ha. Exactly what I was thinking. I've no doubt that one day we'll have downloadable TRUE HD on demand, but it's clearly still YEARS away. Case in point Microsoft's "1080p" videos on Zune HD. Oh sure, they're the same resolution as Blu-ray....... with heavily compressed audio, and video at 1/18th the data rate. That may be 1080p, but it ain't HD.
Disc isn't dead yet. Nor is it likely to be in the near future... we'll have movies available in 4K and 8K with fully uncompressed original audio on holographic discs before we get the data rate necessary just to stream Blu-ray quality.