Originally Posted by LJG
Aside from the ISP cap and cost, I don't see a problem with the download feature taking 24 hours, how long does it take to get delievery from Amazon when you order a Bluray overnight?
We are talking Videophile vs Instant access, if you need to see the movie instantly there are plenty of platforms for that now but with less resolution. Also I am all over this for my 2K projector assuming better than Bluray quality
Technically you are correct. However;
1) Am I streaming everytime I want to watch the title, like current streaming methods?
2) If one can store the downloads, almost no one will have the capacity to keep more than a few dozen titles.
3) Streaming implies instant availability, so psychologically, waiting a day would not work well for many people. So yes, while we might say this is for the home theater enthusiast and not JSP, the reality is there is a push for broad adoption of 4k at all levels of the marketplace, so the expectations will be streaming=NOW.
4) There is flexibility having the media immediately available. There have been plenty of times we started film, only to find one or more of us didn't like it and wanted to watch something different. This takes 10 seconds with my media server, one minute with my Apple TV, and a couple of minutes getting my ass off the couch to change a disk.
5) Enthusiasts tend to want to own their titles I think. Yes, marginal things for the kids or one time viewing I don't mind renting on Apple TV. But I do like the idea of buying Blu Rays to have the highest quality currently available in perpetuity and instantly. Yes, if streaming was quick, you had access to any title at any time, and the video and audio quality was not compromised, streaming would be great
4k right now seems to be begging
for physical media. There are too many obstacles right now to deliver any other way.
The only other thought I had was satellite. A new DTV receiver would need to be developed, but could four of five channel's worth of bandwidth be aggregated together to deliver 4k content from the heavens? Its not an answer to the larger need, but it might be an interesting way to break the ice with legitimate 4k content delivery, albeit from a set schedule of titles.Edited by thrang - 3/2/13 at 12:51pm