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Oh, I was not disagreeing with you...the bandwidth is definitely there, but it's just not available to enough of the population at this point in time to completely eliminate the need for physical media. The fastest speed that AT&T offers via DSL in downtown Fort Lauderdale is 6 Mbps, but it doesn't actually work for everybody in this area. I had it for over a year, and the techs tried everything in their power and couldn't get the speed past 2 Mbps, so I switched back to Xfinity. And in some rather affluent areas of Miami Beach you can't even get internet service from either cable or via a landline...I have a friend who just moved into one of these locales and freaked out when he realized he could only use his cell phone to get online. Things are improving, but not quite as fast as the ISPs would have everyone believe.
The main reason I went through the trouble of setting up my NAS was because I was sick and tired of discs and having to deal with storing them. The new compression algorithms will definitely improve things for those of us who've embraced streaming, and I fully expect the content providers and the ISPs to take advantage of the new technologies...but just not as quickly as we would like. Also, I don't think the content creators are quite ready to part with the revenue stream generated by the sales of physical media. Not unless they can convince all consumers to "own" media which can only be accessed through streaming. I have no problem buying titles from Vudu fully knowing that I could potentially lose access to them for any number of reasons at any time, but that is a choice I make based solely on the level of convenience such a move affords me. I don't want to have to get out of bed just to put a disc in the Blu-Ray player every time I want to watch a movie in the bedroom.
We will eventually get to the point where it is easy and affordable for everyone to access content stored "in the cloud". And once the picture quality has matched or surpassed that which is available on discs, the need for physical media will vanish entirely even for those with dedicated home theaters with 150" screens. But until that happens I think we will still have some form of physical media around. If not Blu-Ray, perhaps thumb drives, which even my most computer-phobic acquaintances have become comfortable with.
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