I understand where Mike is coming from and while I am not ready to dump discs in favor of streaming, I once had intended to do the same. Some important points that make streaming ideal for Mike, from my assessment, are that:
- He rarely re-watches films.
He has an insanely fast and expensive Internet connection at home.
He doesn't have a personal vehicle, and lives in a metropolitan area.
I am frugal, so I only buy most BDs when they are under $10, or I buy them at pawn shops or other second-hand stores as long as they are in good condition, including the cases. Storing them takes up room, which I am quickly running out of on my current media racks, but I like having the physical copies. I often like the packaging, particularly for box sets, digibooks or steelbooks. As one might imagine from my screen name, I have numerous animated box sets that have deluxe packaging, inserts, and other extras that make them cool collector's items and fun to sit down and look at or show off. Many of those series are only available on disc, with no option to buy digital copies. For movies, yes. You can find a lot of newer releases on streaming, so if that's what you are into, you can easily make the switch.
Years ago, before I even had an HDTV, I was ready to go disc-less. But now that I have a good set up at home and discs are so affordable, even new, I am in no rush to go streaming. I am concerned about long-term ownership of streaming content, as many have stated. My Internet service is generally reliable, but I don't want to be dependent on it all the time. Plus, as I said, for what I am into at the moment, the content I want isn't always available to stream. In time, that may change.
I don't disagree with Mike. I think he has made the right decision based on his viewing habits. That works for him and I imagine it will soon be "good enough" for many more of us.