Originally Posted by ack_bk
Ah yes another optical disc is dead article.. Been seeing these every year for the past 5 years or so. Let's look at the numbers...
Last year revenue for home video spending per the DEG breaks down roughly to the following:
$14.5B for optical disc rental and sell-through for digital
$3.4B for digital (includes streaming, VOD, sell-through, etc)
With the bulk of the digital revenue coming from rental (VOD, streaming, etc). Anyone see that optical disc is dead here? Buehler? At the current pace digital is growing it is going to be a long time, and some form of physical media may be here to stay.
As far as quality and options goes, let me know when digital can meet what optical disc does now (PQ, AQ, special features, subtitles, etc). And really let me know when it actually builds on what Blu-Ray does. I mean exceeds the quality. Otherwise, optical disc is the way to go for price and performance. I readily buy brand new Blu-Ray movies for $7-10 frequently and used ones on average of about $3 during sales. I sometimes splurge and pay over $20 for a movie but it is few and far between. And that price often includes a Blu-Ray, a DVD, and a digital copy...
As for rentals, Redbox and Netflix offer Blu-Ray rental at great pricing. Better quality for a cheaper price? I will take it.
As for digital, there has been improvement along the way. Vudu HDX actually looks and sounds pretty good, but it is very pricey to rent from and Blu-Ray still offers better overall PQ and AQ for a much cheaper rental price.
I actually thought about this a lot this year and decided to continue to build my Blu-Ray library as I don't see digital matching or exceeding Blu-Ray qualiity anytime soon. For many of these movies this may be the best they look and sound, and have special features in my lifetime.
Ultraviolet shows promise but still lacks support from Disney and, more importantly, Apple, and the service is still fragmented and difficult to navigate.
I just don't see any scenario where optical disc is dead in less than 5 years. 10 years? Maybe, but that is probably a stretch too.
Oh, and one more thing. Per Nielsenscan only 2% of viewing in the home in 2011 is done via the Internet.... 2% folks...