Analyst: Online video to overtake DVD, Blu-ray viewing in 2012
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
I'm waiting for the day we can watch new theater movies from the comfort of our own living room. And by that I mean legally. LOL
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:34 AM
1. Superior video and audio quality. I know that non-physical 1080p (streaming or not) will eventually get to Blu-Ray's level of quality for these sometime, but right now, it just doesn't cut it if you're a cinephile with a great home theater system, and want the best experience.
2. No buffering. This might seem a small issue, but if streaming is to replace physical digital media, it better be just as good of an experience. Having to wait for an HD movie to load and the slight hiccup of buffering shouldn't be existent. Not all of us have "blazingly fast" internet connections.
3. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I absolutely love special features! (I am beginning to think that I may be mostly alone in this, which is unfortunate.) I'd rather not have to go to YouTube or elsewhere to track down some behind-the-scenes footage or featurettes or deleted scenes; they should all be in one place, and that place should be where the movie also is.
4. I like the idea of owning the movies I love to watch; it's an odd reason, but it's a kind of comfort (to identify more with the movies I love enough to own, rather than rent).
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:45 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:17 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:23 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:45 PM
This is why the next generation of consoles won't dispense with physical media. You don't want to shut out a segment of your market because they don't live in the city. While we're moving toward more content being available online, the infrastructure still needs to be built to meet the demand(especially with video) of the future. We're not at that point. Don't sell your Bluray player just yet.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:44 PM
CD sales only began to be replaced by legal music downloads when an efficient, affordable and convenient market model was developed - primarily by Apple. No such model has yet emerged for streaming media. Until it does, Blu-ray will remain king of the flat screen. As far as quality is concerned, the best alternative to Blu-ray now available is On Demand pay-per-view from the cable company, which doesn't suffer the bandwidth issues that constrain a home Wi-Fi network. But pay-per-view is hardly price competitive with Netflix's movie by mail service. If content providers ever get on board with the cable companies to offer a competitive subscription package, we may finally have a viable alternative to Netflix. Until that happens, Netflix will remain top dog.
High quality streaming media also awaits the newer, still in development arrival of truly high speed WiFi. And, of course, there are the bandwidth caps that Internet service providers impose. So there are technical as well as logistical barriers to the success of streaming media. For some reason the pundits forecasting streaming Nirvana seem oblivious to these issues. Which means they're really quite clueless.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:09 PM
Rental Fee + network connection costs + data plan costs + overcharges and YOU NO LONGER OWN THE MOVIE.
Am I the only one, who feels weird having to continually pay to access my data via the cloud. Big business has got to love this and we are going there willingly - what fun. Ka Ching!