Originally Posted by imagic
I tend to agree, the threshold for being able to fully appreciate the difference between a good-quality HD stream or download and Blu-ray requires an investment in terms of time and equipment to properly appreciate, an investment most people are not going to make. On the other hand, I can empathize with AVS members who, after making that investment, think it's insane to trade of any quality whatsoever. That's the difference between watching TV and an AV hobby.
That said, I thought upgrading to an F8500, and having an AX800U right next to it, would cast a harsher light on the streaming formats. However, what happened was more complex than that. It turns out that only overly-compressed streams look worse when viewed on a reference-quality display, whereas good quality streams usually look even better on a reference display.
But to look at what's going to be available in the future, you have to look at the market as a whole. The market as a whole has mostly 50-70" TVs where there is no difference in quality between HDX, iTunes, and Blu-Ray. The average viewer doesn't have a 120" projection screen in their basement. With that audience driving the market, quality doesn't matter, but ownership, permanence, access, and the ability to put their collection on a shelf does. And that's why Blu-Ray will be around for a while for the ownership segment of the market, while streaming will take the rental side. And then there's UV, which doesn't fit in the mold of anything, and seems like more of a gimmick than anything else, even though it's kind of cool from a technological perspective. I guess I could see kids streaming it to their room or even at college if they have the family UV account or whatever, but I don't see UV being a driving force behind anything.
And as an aside from the market, even if you have a 120" screen, and maybe can make out a subtle difference between HDX or iTunes and Blu-Ray, streaming 1080p is still going to look far better than the content coming in even via a good provider like FIOS or DirecTV, so not everything can be perfect all the time (unless you live in Kansas city and have Google Fiber maybe).