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I really don't think the studios ever really liked the idea of selling you a movie at a one time (relatively modest) fee where you would own that movie and be able to watch it infinitely never to pay a single dollar again for it. You always had to pay each time to watch it prior to that, or watch it once a year with commercials on a TV network which paid for it (anyone remember the Sunday Night ABC movie ?). However, it's just the way things came about when Beta was released and that business model carried onward with physical formats anyway. Eventually, they had to try and re-sell you the movie with special editions, extras, new formats, new transfers, extended/director cuts, etc.
From what I understand, with Blu-ray, they wanted to implement some sort of validation that seems likely for UHD BD, but the format war with HD DVD forced them to put it aside as time was an essence.
Last edited by DavidHir; 04-27-2015 at 06:59 PM.