Originally Posted by knapp0564
I have always considered streaming as secondary to DVDs. There's no way the titles I want to see are going to be streamed. Streaming appeals to the masses and must do so. The quality is inferior and I don't get the extras that I may want to see. Forget about 4K streaming it's not going to happen, for a lot of reasons. Actually a DVD created from a 4K master looks incredible on my 72" display. And I'm not talking about BluRay, but a Standard DVD. BlueRay and eventually 4K discs are and will be just more marketing ploys to squeeze more money out of the consumer. They are not necessary for home viewing. IMO. Perhaps for super sized home theater, but not for the average home theater.
So, streaming is an added value to my DVD service.
I can't believe this hasn't gotten more responses here. This is AVS Forum, so I doubt very many people here agree with you that BR and 4K are snake oil. Although PQ on BR is not a very noticeable difference to me on my old 42" 720p display, the uncompressed mastered audio track is leaps and bounds better than DVD and especially streaming. I have a modest
audio setup compared to a lot of people around here, but I can still clearly hear the difference.
Also, to those who say 4K streaming will never happen I really, really, reeeeally
want to know why you think that way. If the past (and Moore's law) has taught us anything it's that tech will continue to progress at an alarming pace, and we will find ourselves using bandwidth/speeds we never thought we would have or need. Right now it is impractical, but so was streaming SD video back when everyone was on 56K dial-up connections. People in this thread have been talking about streaming over 4G to their cell phones... that would have been ludacris on 1G or 2G connections, but we have found ways to increase data throughput. Wait a decade and see if 4K panels and ~1Gbps connections aren't commonplace in the US.
To the argument that the added costs of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD etc. is making streaming too expensive to replace cable, I think we need to compare it to the alternative. Cable and satalite providers have different tiers to have access to different channels. You don't get HBO paying $15/mo for the basic package. At least with different streaming companies you have a more a la carte option to pay for only what you want. Similar to cable you don't "own" the shows you're paying for. Once they stop broadcasting you lose access to them. At least with streaming services you get on-demand access and don't have to tune in at 8 PM every week to catch your show.
I think Netflix original content like the new season of Arrested Development is where TV programming is going, and I applaud them for being forward thinkers.