Originally Posted by jeremya
What the studios should do is sell not just a single copy of the film, but also offer a higher-priced, upgradeable, "future-proof" license for the film that includes (initially) a higher-quality-than-blu digital copy. Imagine getting Prometheus in high-bitrate 1K today for $20 (including access to the archive of behind the scenes, commentaries, and other featurettes), then paying another $5 in 5 years to upgrade your license to get the 4K rights, then again in 10 years more for the 8K and so-on. All higher-tier licenses provide full access to all lower-tier (SD, mobile, etc.) and alternate format content (3D, HDR etc.) so you're worry-free and quality-assured. Let the consumer decide how much quality they can handle!
You sir should be an executive in the movie industry. If they would actually do something like that, it would be awesome. I don't know why they can't figure out that some of the things they do actually make their consumers mad, and mad consumers... duuhhhh, consume less.
But even as it stands now, I don't have a problem with them releasing streaming or digital download versions of the movie first. But I will stick with Blu-Ray for the quality. Heck, even if they did offer a 50GB download for a lessor price, I'd probably still buy the disc because I kind of like having the cover art, and having it visible on my shelf for easy locating... and moving 50GB around to watch in different places is actually a bit of a pain. It is much easier to just pop the disc into the laptop if you want to watch on the go and still maintain the best quality. But just because I don't want the inferior digital download version doesn't mean I am mad, hurt or offended. That would only happen if they stop making the Blu-ray available completely (especially if there is no equal or superior format to replace it).
Getting slightly off-topic, but the one thing that bugs me the most about Blu-ray right now is all the JUNK you have to watch before the movie starts. They even go so far as to disable the chapter next button, etc. If they want to make the consumer happy, they should be competing to see which studio can get the customer into the movie that fastest.