Originally Posted by nathan_h
Not sure who "they" is, but there is one service that has this (Kaleidescape) for purchases but not rentals.
I agree that the lack of good downloading options is a drag! I put together a list of the devices and services that offer it, in a separate thread. In short, Apple comes closest in my opinion, to what you want, in the rental space. For purchases, it's Kaleidescape, but obviously the price of entry is pretty substantial.
They is everyone in movie streaming, including the studios.
Vudu started with download only, and did nothing more to improve it (Vudu HDX downloads started in 2008...). Amazon obviously allows download of TV shows and movies, but... Now I know this is not all on Vudu, but once again a groundbreaking product is released, and treads water.
I never even mention Kaleidescape because of what their hardware costs. I simple box to handle 1080p/24 output as well as DTSHD and Master is all that is needed, you could supply your on external HDD. I mean you want me to spend several thousand dollars to buy a device that just downloads a ripped blu-ray?
To be honest, one should be able to own a simple device setup like a blu-ray player, that doesnt not have an optical drive, that can download a blu-ray file (with lossless audio) for a decent price. The hardware needed is not pricey, and the movies could be $10. Good for the environment, good for people that can't stream well, and move is owned and can't be shared among registered devices.
The movie industry is worse than the record industry at this point. The 30 day waits and removal of lossless audio on rentals just proves that.
There is no cost effective way for someone to own blu-ray quality downloadable files, and they wonder why people pirate and rip movies.