Originally Posted by av.pallino
I was glancing through my Apple TV HD. They just added Maltese Falcon. OK. What I am getting to is, not everyone is enthusiastic about the selection on Blu Ray. I prefer what is available on Apple TV HD by quite a margin and it is both cheaper and more convenient for me. The experience for all practical purposes is the same as watching a Blu Ray.
Video on Demand is clearly the future. Even TVs are being sold with online access built in. For a select few HT conservatives Blu Ray like vinyl records will probably be around for awhile. But I am not the vinyl and SACD type. I simply care for the cheapest and most convenient way to get the HD content I want to watch.
Also, many cable operators are essentially bundling in VoD with their packages. HBO, Showtime and other HD movie channels are crowding out many peoples traditional purchases of DVD. There is just a lot of HD movies that one can watch with their subscription. Same for Netflix. So pay per movie is probably hugely underestimating how many people are watching movies via downloads to Tivos and DVRs.
The advantage here is with the cable and sattelite operators, not Blu Ray and DVD
Apple HD, another one trick pony appliance that does no good unless you have a decent broadband connection or don't mind hours of download time.
Have you also not seen how desperate Comcast has been with getting high speed service/cable customers lately?
Free Wii, 6 months free, of course with a 2 year commitment at their overbloated prices.
Also, these "cable packages" that have HD and HDVOD is not cheap.
I was paying $90+ just for expanded digital cable with HD.
This does not include your premium channels, which cost even more.
The HDVOD version of a title also costs $5.99-7.99 here compared to $3.99 for the SDVOD version. And on weekends, it seems the bandwidth is already hitting limits because I get messages that "the movie is not available try again later" but if I'm persistent by selecting the title about 10-20 times, then I get the movie. But the SDVOD version is always readily available.
And don't get me started with their 1000+ of FREE VOD programs that are aweful and most are garbage because included in that 1000+ is self-help, classifieds, music videos, etc.
Not everyone has $150+ a month to dump on high speed broadband, cable with HD service and multiple cables boxes at an additional cost to watch VOD in each room. Then there's the premium price as well for HDVOD.
At least with blu-ray, once I've bought the title, there's no reoccuring monthly fee to watch it again.
PPV has been around since the late 70's/early 80's. Ever heard of SELECT TV.
Almost 30 years later and PPV/VOD is barely catching on. The DVD/blu-ray sales and rentals are still ahead by a large margin.