Originally Posted by J_Palmer_Cass
Anyhow, travel is different than home use. You are not going to bring your big screen TV or subwoofer along for a trip either!
And you're not going to drag all your BDs around. But with cloud, you can have all your movies whereever you go.
Believe it or not that will appeal to a good number of people. Want to show a friend a favorite? Fire it up on a streamer using your account at his place. (Rokus are tiny and easy to carry, and cheap.) Want to watch something your hotel doesn't offer? Easy peasy, use your laptop or iPad. Want to keep your kid entertained at an airport layover? Hand them your cellphone and take a nap while they watch Pixar films.
Protection for your movie investments
Access on the road
Instant purchase and watching
Access to online communities who can share info about movies
Is it up to BD standards? Not quite yet, but that's coming. And the masses don't really care, what it does now is fine for them.
Are BDs still around? Sure. We're in an inbetween period. No one said physical media is going away. But streaming/cloud is not this big hurdle that Exaggeratron wants you to think it is. That's why he's struggling to come up with increasingly outlandish "obstacles" to try to discredit streaming. The advantages of streaming and cloud based digital access is clear, and it's going to appeal to a lot of people.
Videophiles and HT enthusiasts will still have BDs. As said, Laserdisc lasted 30 years. It fell into a niche, but it stuck around.