Originally Posted by SD_GR
BR quality is not necessary for streaming, certainly not at this stage.
You've made some very valid points and I must state that I respect your opinion, I just don't agree.
This is where I think we don't see eye to eye. I am pretty obsessive about video quality. I watch movies on a 120" screen via an Epson PLHC8500UB only because the extra $5K for a JVC DLS-RS25 didn't meet WAF. To me, Blu-Ray quality IS necessary. I do watch alot of DVDs but, even when scaled via the Silicon Optix Reon HQV processor, they always fail to "wow"- they are acceptable (at best) and that is all.
There are many more out there like me (especially here at AVSforum, where I assume I would be in the majority rather than minority) and our numbers are growing. Between "us", those who desire physical media to line their shelves with it (we'll call them "the collectors") and those who distrust the big studios and the additional control over their viewing experience that streaming media allows. Beyond those more eccentric types, most average Joes do desire to own some of their favorite films and they will soon realize that downloading those is not an answer- "purchasing" a film from a site such as Amazon, iTunes, etc is not what it seems. Many of these "purchases" are time limited for how long they can be viewed online and those that can be downloaded to your PC probably have a time frame during which you may do so as well. Futhermore, once you have downloaded the video file to your PC, the obsessive DRM of the digital copies makes it very difficult to back up or migrate to a new PC. How often do most of you purchase a new PC? 2 or 3 years? How would you like to have to either rebuy you entire movie collection or spend hours upon hours laboriously transferring DRM heavy files just to get them to be playable again? And as far as backing up to disc for the few DRM schemes that can or may allow you to do so- then you STILL have the disc in the loop... at an EXTRA expense of time and materials to you no less & and now its on +/-R burnable that doesn't last "forever" like that new pressed disc you could have driven to Target and purchased in the first place.
These things, in addition to the infrastructure problems noted in my prior post, will keep packaged media afloat for a very
long time. I have no doubt that streaming will be an important part of the movie- and television-watching experience in the future. Streaming is great for some things- it is my favorite way to catch up on a season of a television and is perfect for seeing that "Rent It" movie that you want to see but doubt you'll ever watch again. Heck... with unlimited streaming services such as Netflix, it is also a great way to preview films you THINK you may want to purchase before you make the plunge. Even with these things in mind, I don't see streaming and digital downloads replacing too many film collections in the next 15-20 years.