Originally Posted by Tompa
"People aren't buying our movies anymore, they download from the Internet we're losing money! ...Hey let's take advantage of the people who actually pay for movies, that wouldn't end up biting us in the ass, right?"
Back in the darker recesses of my brain alongside other conspiracy theories, I am of the opinion that some of the studios are intentionally half-assing their physical media (multiple releases, overbearing DRM, crap transfers) in order to sabotage sales and bolster their argument against "job-killing piracy". A shift away from physical media to entertainment streaming/leasing (Ultraviolet, Netflix, Paramount.com, Universal.com, Anchorbay.com, etc.) is the ultimate win/win for the studios. Total control, total profit. Meanwhile, they can continue to go to trade shows, showing off a handful of titles that prove their support of physical media, but we all ultimately know the future.
Hey, I've got a solid 35Mbps Internet connection. I could start streaming typical Blu-ray releases tomorrow if it was available.