Originally Posted by blueskies758
As much as I love Blu ray discs, I fear its only a matter of time for physical media.
The up and coming younger generation has been groomed and is accustomed to disc less media and I have
a difficult time envisioning them buying films or any media for that matter on discs.
I hope I'm wrong - but in the end so long as I'm good and dead before that happens
I have bought a couple episodes of the Walking Dead on Amazon, but that's all. Never plan on buying films I cannot resell or hold in my hand.
Originally Posted by bigbarney
Nah. I don't buy that a bit.
This is not the same world it was yesteryear. Once upon a time there was a single method of media delivery because alternatives were too expensive for the average consumer. Today that has changed. The average consumer has the ability to choose their preferred method of delivery at not much extra cost to themselves. This is advantageous to both the consumer and to the studios. Multiple methods of delivery is win-win for everyone and for that reason physical media is not going anywhere anytime soon. Now that being said, maybe physical media moves on over to stick eventually as opposed to disc, but none the less, multiple methods of delivery is here to stay.
I agree with both of you (awesome, isn't it?).
It is great to have the options of discs and streaming. One for serious viewing and the other for casual, perusal and maybe previewing before buying blu.
The problem is twofold for physical media and it has nothing to do with its qualities or value.
Firstly, the current generation and increasingly earlier ones are or are becoming more comfortable with streaming as opposed to physical media.
This is overwhelmingly the case with music, as noted by my daughter five years ago when I gave her an Amazon gift card and suggested some CD's. She chuckled at me and said "no one buys CD's anymore dad" then she spent it all on MP3 downloads. She could get just the tracks she liked on her phone.
My oldest daughter (now 24) loves movies. My nephew (her partner in crime) is a film director, she has written screenplays and acted, sings, etc. A typical Dad / daughter night out includes going to the movies. When she moved to her own place, I bought her a Sony 590, a very good bluray player. I also bought her several blurays.
She has never bought another bluray. She uses the player quite a bit though, she has her own Netflix account, is signed up as a user on my Amazon Prime account. She buys shows and movies on Amazon, and watches movies galore.
She is a cable cutter and uses the internet for all entertainment. YouTube and HBOGo also get much play.
The second is the movie companies. The demographic they try to hit is her generation. I hope they maintain physical media - selfishly since I prefer bluray for something I value enough to purchase, but it may dry up at the source.