Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Seattle, WA area
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Nearly 10x the number of subscribers to streaming vs disk with about 5% of the library...and still not making a profit, it's "early days" for sure with this model but it appears a lot of people are hooked. Server costs are pretty low and will continue to drop. Bandwidth costs on the other hand might be dropping but there's still a lot of infrastructure that's just not there now. Verizons purchase of XO (an internet backbone provider) and their push into 5G wireless places them in a good position to provide the needed bandwidth from the data ocean to the user...but not for another 3-5 years depending on where you live. Between now and then I don't see my disk viewing changing unless my residence and lifestyle change dramatically (which is unlikely). I'm not against streaming, I just want the library and the quality and that doesn't exist now.
I think there might be some niche opportunities out there for old movies on DVD. Will Netflix cover that niche or will it be someone else? I've relied on Netflix for disks I like to re-watch maybe once every 3 years or so. Will I have to purchase those titles now? The price is certainly becoming less to purchase BDs but I'd rather not store them. Will older titles be available to stream or download in high quality? I see a lot of gaps right now that keep me from switching to disk-less. The music industry has good options now though but it took way to long to get there. I hope the video industry gets there sooner.
I have gone to the 2 disk plan. There just aren't as many disks to watch. I've purchased some TV titles on BD to watch because they were only offered on SD DVD from Netflix, the purchase price was about the same as a rental from 3d-blurayrental.com for the series (BDs are getting cheep). Netflix is not the reliable source it once was for BD rentals. I just don't want to store disks, particularly for shows I won't be re-watching.
Unfortunately I'm experiencing a little bit of a rocky transition, I'm not all that pleased with my options. I think I'll need to purchase more BDs then sell them right away, I just need to get my new methodology for viewing disks figured out.