I Just stumbled across this thread and find it somewhat mirrors my current feelings about streaming. As a longtime blu-ray collector who appreciates quality picture and sound I had not been impressed with streaming video services. Recently we moved and had a Comcast high-speed internet connection hooked up and this made all the difference in streaming quality.
Last week I signed up for a trial of the streaming Warner Archivecollection and was amazed to find many of the films I had purchased on DVD fromthe Warner Archive now being streamed in HD with excellent video and sound quality. I would assume we are never going to see blu-ray releases of these old classic films and the HD versions make my DVD discs look blurry at best. It was great seeing one of my favorite films, Ken Russell's "The Boy Friend"in HD with image quality far above that of the WB DVD I had just re-watched a week ago. I had hoped that The Warner Archive might release this one on blu-ray but now I feel there is little hope of that. Even though the Warner Archive films run on a rotation, it will be very disappointing to ever re-watch the $19.99 DVD after seeing the HD version streamed onto my 70" display. I would love to have a cloud purchase of this title if offered.
So I am now also a new convert to the concept of streamingHD video from the cloud. As compression and bandwidth both get better in the future I can see my large collection of DVDs and Blu-rays just being a storage problem. I still like the feeling of owning the physical discs but if we canget the benefit of huge libraries of films in HD quality on demand and at low price it’s hard to see a downside to streaming. I'm a real 3D freak (an unloved video minority) and blu-ray still trumps streaming in the picture quality department in their case so I will still continue to purchase them but I can see not buying as much physical media in the future. Tech marches on......
Last edited by SFMike; 06-17-2014 at 12:49 PM.