Originally Posted by Seegs108
The money is there because of the cost. Discs simply make a LOT more profit from that single sale than watching multiple movies through streaming services such as Netflix. With Netflix you have their entire library at your disposal and you can stream an unlimited amount of data. If one were to purchase each DVD or Blu-ray separately it would cost the consumer a considerable amount of money. This is why the future is going to be through streaming. It isn't just about easy access, its also a lot about the cost effectiveness it has on the consumer.
So when you look at how many movies people have watched on Netflix versus actually buying the tangible disc I think you'd find the number to be strikingly high in comparison to what you thought. People go with what is most cost effective. Most do not care about quality as long as it passes their subjective test. For most, Netflix's quality suffices. If all movies were available on Netflix and were released the same day as the DVD/BD I highly doubt you'd see many people buying them instead of streaming them from Netflix. For many, the purchase of a DVDs or blu-ray is mostly about it not being available on streaming services like Netflix or a necessity to see them before they arrive at such places.
The future is
streaming, but at it's current state it isn't feasible to do streaming at the quality we here want. I hope we get a disc format before low quality streaming becomes the norm. Who knows what's going to happen. For most companies it's all about making profit. If they see high quality 4K not making money they won't back it. It's as simple as that. Luckily, as you point out discs still make more money overall and hopefully that will push the decision making over the edge for a 4K disc delivery system, which should yield much better quality over what streaming services currently provide.
Don't doubt the future may/will be by download or streaming.......I would prefer that now(if I could save the film on an encripted HD....wouldn't even mind paying a small fee for re-viewing) if the quality and download speeds were up to acceptable levels, as soon as we have Gbps net speeds....that may be the king of delivery.....but that is a while away.
However if the majority of consumers perfer the ownership model on physical media....that will reign supreme.....be it optical disk or flash or whatever. Companies can offer us whatever they like, but ultimately the consumer will decide on the method of delivery they prefer and the companies will come to our party.
Personally I have rented DVD's but never rented a BluRay....I have a modest collection approaching 600 or so BluRay disks....I've watched may be 200....I like having a collection, like being able to select a movie and play it 2 minutes later......looking to the future I'd have no issues if I could get a collection via downloading stored on a server(co-owned or company owned like a cable box) that is monitored by the distribution company and charged per view, this way I have a collection at hand for instant playback, keep adding HD's that are auto configured by the 'box' and locked into that specific box, the box can be shut down if I don't pay my bill making the movie collection worthless....