I am never going to give up the right to own physical media or the fight for it. When we get too lazy to get off our butts to put a disc in a player that will have better SOUND and PICTURE, we have totally given in to corporate ownership. You're cloud isn't yours. You don't own **** at Vudu or any other streaming company. Unless Fiber takes off across this country other than select markets like Kansas City and a few others, you're going to settle on over compressed 4K? Comcast and most news affiliates are still shooting in 720p, transmitting at 1080i. You know how many times I had movies that would blink out here and there over satellite VOD? Sent me right back to physical media and Comcast for tv.
And legally, you cannot tell people they own something when they buy it, and still hold it in your possession. Watch before long when Vudu, Xbox Video, etc. change it from "buy this video" to "Lifetime Streaming/Rental". They sure as hell are not going to let you download it. We need a real market crash to really set the point home. First thing that goes in peoples lives is entertainment. A lot of theaters closed up over this last recession. Steaming services would be one of the next. And they are protected under bankruptcy as to not have to provide you any refund for your giant Vudu collection you just lost. And its deservedly so.
What's more depressing is seeing this kind of logic out of a forum where pushing for the "best in AV" is more for settling for mediocre? Sad, because I would have thought that AVS Forum would have been one of the last place to give in to lower quality video through steaming versus a strong, proven physical media. This isn't so much an opinion either. Look at TV's. Plasma, best quality dead. DLP still better than LCD, dead. SED, never a chance. Now what we get now is a freakin Panel Lottery. LED is the cheapest lighting out there, with strobing, milky screens, clouding, and hazy,, really settled in a good technology didn't we? Beta was better than VHS picture wise, what did we get, the cheapest. Because a sad lot are too lazy to put a disc in the player we are getting the least expensive and cheapest video. Thanks again!