Originally Posted by Dan P.
Me to. Once you have the physical media in your hand, nobody can take it away. Some business deal gone bad won't cause it to be extracted from your shelf. The same cannot be said for downloaded content.
That is a problem but a solvable one. See below.
The issue is more on the business/legal side than the technical side.
Actually, it is completely technical issue. The issue is a technical sin that we have not erased.
When you buy DVD or Blu-ray, the content protection system makes sure the movie goes with the disc. Separate the two and the disc doesn't play (i.e. if you didn't hack the copy protection).
When we moved to the world of DRM, we made a change that broke this. When you download content using DRMs, we don't "bind" (lock) the content to your hard disk but rather, the identity of the computing device or set-top box. This was done because unlike optical discs, hard disks are generic and do not support any method of locking the content to said hard disk. As a result, the file can easily be moved and a different notion had to be invented which was the CPU/computer/STB binding.
It is completely possible to go back to media binding. SD cards for example support a copy protection that does this and has since inception. It is a lousy system from robustness point of view so will not garner HD content but it does show that the capability can be there if consumers want to hold the content in their hand as they say.
With media binding, the service provider can go out of business and your content will still be good. With host binding your content will also continue to play but should you ever upgrade your host, it stops. This is what is broken and should have been fixed long time ago.
Even if/when bandwidth issues are resolved, there will always be non-technical issues in the way of having everything you want to see available by download. Look at XStreamHD, not exactly a big success story there.
You are right there. Licensing content is far more challenging than building technology to carry it!
As far as 2K and 4K... Will there be enough people to buy it? No matter how nice the technology is it still has to make money. And then there's the amount of time it takes to build a catalog on a new format. There are still tons of movies I can't get on BD, and some I will possibly never see on BD ever. I would much rather see more stuff on BD than have another format causing a distraction. And, good grief, I sure don't want to wait out any more Format Wars.
We had a recent discussion on this. Net of it is that you are right: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1393347