When you own the content, you control the content .. neither RB nor NF is going to boycott buying rental disks from the Studio(s) .. Consumers expect the lowest possible price, well, that's the tradeoff on a BD rental when it is lacking in certain features .. whether that be HD Audio or Extras ..
Full Version BD rentals are available at my local Family Video at $3.79 per day .. now, if RB decided to pay what Family Video pays for BD's, which would then get RB the full version, they would raise prices exponentially and rent even less BD's .. likely then causing them, at some point, to not rent BD's at all ..
Rental Version content has been available for a long time .. Blockbuster even went so far as to have Blockbuster Exclusive content .. which then caused other rental outlets to buy from Amazon or Walmart in order to get rental disks .. we know how well that helped out Blockbuster ..
NF in particular is positioning itself, as Hastings has said many times, as a Streaming Only Company, which was his plan from the get go, and, the continued beefing up of the Streaming Catalog with original content rather than rights to stream content ..
The audio codec issue is generally isolated and not widespread ..
As we have said, ad infinitum here .. if a consumer is passionate about this issue, why not boycott NF and/or RB and rent from ::
The Thread has been devoted to this from the inception .. and all of the various suggestions and chatter have been covered ..
BD never caught on like DVD and never will .. that's just the way it is .. the Consumer has spoken .. if someone want's to find a Law Firm that is willing to take on this minor issue, good luck .. I hope they will do it on a percentage basis for you ..
Lastly, when/if the price of an HD stream from VUDU / Amazon, et al drops to under 2 bucks for a new movie release, we'll more than likely be able to kiss disks goodbye, other than as a niche product, much like vinyl ..