Originally Posted by ack_bk
And please. There is a huge difference between Netflix streaming and Blu-Ray even if the Blu-Ray is just a 5.1 DD or DTS track. Picture quality is usually night and day different, and I find many Netflix and Amazon streams unwatchable on my 125" screen. Most of the Netflix content is not in HD, and much of it is not even a 5.1 track, and if it is, it is a much lower bitrate. Their "HD" is also a much lower bitrate and is not 1080p. Most people just don't complain about Netflix streaming because it is so cheap.
This is irrelevant. What you think is night and day difference might not be to someone else. My parents might think that netflix is good enough. Or they might try to convince me that they get HD programming on the DVD's they rent. "Oh it looks so good."
Once you fragment the source like the "rental" blurays, you do the entire industry, including the customers, a disservice.
It's insulting and passive aggression in business strategy.
Again, if they were serious about this being an issue worth throwing money at, they would just watermark the video with "RedBox Rental" or something. Then everyone would know where it came from and I certainly wouldn't be as upset. I can expect the same watermark when ABC or AMC shows a movie.
The idea that they can remove content or features because of the market or outlet and that you all are willing to go along with it because "it doesn't effect you" is probably more insulting to me as an AV enthusiast. Heck you can see how your argument breaks down when you start replacing the audio portion with video.
The whiskey analogy is a decent one. If I had someone come to my house and say "I love Jack Daniels!" and then realize that they were getting fed a bunch of toilet-swill from their local liquor store, I'd be ticked about that too. I'd be even more ticked if that was the closest store to me, and the people at Jack Daniels and a Whiskey forum tried to tell me that it was good enough for my needs.
Insulted I tell you.