Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland
Now, go look at the number of post here and in the HDTV Software Media Discussion proclaiming that HD download/streaming looks as good as Blu-ray.
Please show me where I ever posted that HD streaming looks as good as Blu-ray. Take your time.....
I personally do not recall anyone saying that it looks "as good as"... but please feel free to link every post where someone states that. If you can come up with a dozen, I will stop posting in this thread.
The only thing I recall is discussions of studies or surveys where the mass consumer does not see a significant difference.
So, I started this thread with a quote and a link that refutes that claim. As a audio/video professional I can verify that claim with many of the HD services. I do not have Vudu therefore can not comment. For the foreseeable future Blu-ray will be the pinnacle of audio and video quality. Blu-ray is here and will most likely have a life span, that is unknown, like many other forms of media have/had.
This is not the Blu-ray forum, but.... of course Blu-ray will have a life span, market penetration, etc. There are certainly disagreements about how long, expansive, etc.
It may be the pinnacle of quality for a long time, but that may be due primarily to consumer apathy about video quality. Downloading has a flexibility to be more dynamic with improvements. There is zero technical reason why an encode superior to any Blu-ray encode could not be created and distributed today... it just probably would not increase the value of the content to most consumers.
And please, I do not need a half dozen posters telling me download/streaming is good enough and it is real convenient. I use download/streaming myself for some casual viewing or news items.
IMO, if download/streaming supporters were to quit making unwarranted negative references to Blu-ray then they may find AVS to be a more friendly place.
People should be able to share their opinion and post information about the industry and technology. Not all the news is peachy. Dialog should be encouraged. What should be unacceptable is ad hominem or other personal attacks (direct or insinuated). It is a pathetic display from an individual, and reflects poorly on AVS as a whole.
As far as general respect... I am sure you have seen where someone mentions that they like both quality and convenience. And that convenience does indeed trump the absolute highest quality, especially for some content. They are sometimes met with disparaging comments for daring to have differing values from another poster.
From what I have seen... most of the folks who enjoy and use the benefits of streaming and downloading are far more likely to also state that they understand why others might value video quality above all else (including price). It is generally those who use Blu-ray exclusively that have little tolerance for others expressing the benefits and their satisfaction with other offerings.