Originally Posted by jeff_c
But, you would have to factor in the cost of downloading that movie as well. Itunes currently charges $15+ for HD movies (and that is without HD audio). I am not sure what it costs to get a movie from Xbox live or whatever that is called, because I don't have one. And that is just for the movie. People have become dependent on "special features". Movies get bad reviews if the only special feature is a "making of" and some out takes. How will those be incorporated into digital downloads?
People have been convinced that DVDs need to have "special features", but I question how many people really care if they're there or not (how many really watch them).
But what happens to you when you are streaming a movie and your DSL/Cable glitches (as they all do) and your movie is lost? Do you have to pay for it again?
Nobody said anything about the internet. Nobody said anything about downloads (not in this thread, at least that's not what the question was).
I have a media server that I rip my regular DVDs to, which is great because I can get a dull movie with 5.1 soundtrack anywhere between 800MB and 1.5GB. I don't have the ability to rip an HD-DVD or Bluray, but like you said, 20 or so GB sounds about right...maybe more if you were counting PCM audio.
We will see optical discs for a LONG time folks. Think about how long the CD was around before the MP3 became mass marketed. Not just traded on the black market, but when people actually made them available for download legally. Plus, people like to share. Until people find a way to share digital downloads they will never take off.
History is absolutely not a good way to guage where technology will go in the future.
If people don't want to buy a $300 bluray player, what makes you think they are going to want to buy a $300 media server, plus pay for the internet package with the bandwidth to support HD movies? Now I realize that if it is a streaming feed, most DSL/cable could handle it, but you literally couldn't do anything else anywhere in the house. Now try to keep your kids entertained for 2 hours while you enjoy a streaming HD movie.
Nobody said anything about the internet.
There are a lot of people that still don't have HDTVs, let alone the desire to see any of their shows in HD. They will be the ones that just pick up a digital box from their cable company next year.
So.....long story.......those are my thoughts on why I voted for discs.
I want my movies to be instantly streamable to any room I want, at the click of a button, whatever gets me there for minimum cost wins my money.
Originally Posted by jeff_c
But wouldn't you need a STB to allow that TV to access the server?
Don't you need an STB to access the disc?