Originally Posted by hn333
What society are you from? Because in this society many people are still without access to broadband internet. I don't see physical media going away right now. I rather own a movie in the physical and not have to rent access to it.
The society I live in - same as yours - is the one that virtually has stopped buying CDs & instead gets music legally or otherwise via the web to often play back on some sort of digital player or PC.
I agree with you about owning a movie that I WANT to own - currently, that takes the form of a BD. But DVD sales overall have taken a nosedive - and while BD sales are growing, they too are nowhere near what DVD was doing in numbers 5+ yrs back. More and more people are going to streaming & other "on demand" services. Features such as the Netflix app are becomming extremely common in consumer electronics devices. Something like Hulu requires a PC/Mac and at least a decent internet connection. And yes - while broadband service delivery in the US pales in comparison to some other countries, one does not need the world's fastest connection to stream something like Netflix in standard def...which is still good enough for the vast majority of folks. I realize that may sound blasphemous to an AVS Forum member, but remember why you came here in the first place - you are surely far more interested/invested in getting the best A/V quality you can. The typical American consumer is generally not - SD is often "good enough". And so is streaming or On Demand.
I think BD is a great format & I fully support it - but I do not buy movies in the quantity I did on DVD a decade ago. Nor do most people, it seems. +/-80% of the BDs I watch come in the mail from Netflix. And as great a format as it is - and I do hope it's around for a while & have no reason to believe it won't - I do think it will be the last physical format for the delivery of home video.
Streaming/digital delivery is the future...and the future has already started. But that is the beauty of something like Netflix - you can have both for one price.