I think it is inevitable (and most people will probably agree) that the internet is eventually going to take over all home-theater purchases, both rentals and purchases. For my own self, I haven't rented an optical disc in years. At the same time, I have yet to actually buy a film in the cloud, and all of my purchases have been on Blu-Ray discs.
I wanted to start a place for people to talk about the future of content delivery beyond optical media (DVDs, Blu-Rays, etc.). A place to discuss for the good and the bad of home entertainment when the internet finally takes over.
For my own part, I am both excited and nervous about the future of home media buying. On one hand, one cannot deny that the internet is great for instantaneous purchases, and the idea that I can purchase a film and access it anywhere in the world on a whim is appealing. At the same time, I am concerned about the current lack of an industry leader in film purchases (the next "Format War" will almost certainly be a "Service War"), the barrier of entry for independent films (as of now they can self-produce blu-rays or DVDs, but getting picked up by a streaming service requires a contract), and a lack of quality compared to Blu-Ray (the internet is getting there, but not quite).
How do you guys feel?