Originally Posted by blake
Am I the only one who is fed up with the gluttony of "Streaming HD" devices being pushed upon us? Apple TV, Netflix, Roku, Tivo...
We all purchased high quality 1080p sets because we value picture quality. I am sorry, but all streaming HD I have seen on my computer (25 Mbps broadband) still comes nowhere near Blu-Ray in quality.
As far as I am concerned, Blu-Ray still trumps anything the internet can provide. And 3 movie rental stores in my neighborgood have all closed up (including blockbuster chain, which is filing for bankrupcy any day now).
The age of renting Blu Ray seems soon to be over.
In the end there will be only a few that will survive. In my case I've switched to getting ALL my TV shows via iTunes and ending my cable service. The only regret I have is why it took me so long to do so. I can now watch all the shows I want in HD with no interruptions. The quality of the experience is so much better in my case.
I also use Netflix streaming for most of what my 3 year old daughter watches at home or when we're on a long drive and we need to fire up the iPad with a movie for her. Lately, my wife and me are also using our streaming service to watch a lot of indie and older movies. The video quality is decent, but some of the movies are great!
I also have one at a time Blu Ray disk service from Netflix. At one time we were watching 2 Blu Rays a week. Now as Netflix's streaming catalog has improved we are watching one Blu Ray every 2-3 weeks!
We buy all the Disney classic releases on Blu Ray - such as Beauty and Beast etc. All other HD movies we've purchased on iTunes so that we can watch them at home, on the iPad or anywhere else. We now have over 100 HD movies on iTunes, but only around 25 Blu Ray now ( ended up selling most). IF Blu Ray allowed HD managed copy I would always buy the Blu Ray for better quality. But as it stands now...the convenience and quality of streaming has an advantage over collecting or watching physical disks at our home.
For what it's worth I still buy more CD ( way more) than downloads. But I always convert every single CD into mp3 as well. I carry 120 GB of music and another around 100 GB movies in my car
Is Blu Ray better quality than streaming? Absolutely. Does it matter in most cases? Not to me.
At home my primary displays are a 60 inch pioneer elite plasma display, 32 inch LCD and 24 inch LCD monitor. May be if I had a 100 inch projector screen things would be different.