Originally Posted by padnfain
But your choosing to not own and only keep it for a viewing or 2. This thread makes me laugh quite a bit and nobody here has brought up the real issue why this is going on and think its being done to slight them which is laughable. The studios have had their movie sales decline due to redbox and are doing what they can to give them an inferior product(yet still a nearly comparable product that 95-99% of the viewers will never notice). If the people in this thread so crave the features not on the disks nothing is holding them back from purchasing them or going to a b&m rental location that will have normal copies. If a few dollars is to much to ask then enjoy nearly identical redbox copy even though some claim its very important to them the quality of the audio.. If it was the copy so no money is lost by the studios. so important pony up the extra cash do something about it. . If that money is to much to ask for those features you were never going to purchase and just choose to want to cry that even though they are getting a fantastic deal on the movie for a rental its not perfect so boo hoo. . And now some here are saying those greedy studios.. Like those movies make themselves.. It is a business that is designed to make money and many times their product does not turn a profit. I wonder if some here can only think of themselves like where they work and produce something trying to get a profit on what their company sells.. Ever think that who is buying that product thinks they are being gouged even though it pays the employees who works there's bills and not a whole lot more?
Again nobody is forcing you to rent from redbox and take a chance at getting a slightly leser quality audio.. That is your choice and you are saving money by renting there. By the way do some due diligence between the studios and redbox and you will see how well they get along.
A large percentage of those of us that take the time to both post on AVS as well as piece together a quality system have a strong, and in my case, a very long term interest in the gear as well as the source .. I've been in this "hobby" for about 45 years ..
Thus, we do like to maximize the enjoyment we get based on our investment .. and, not all media is a buy .. some is simply only worth a rent ..
The idea here is, as Lee has said, what's next .. ??
I don't need a lesson in the economics of running a company .. I do that every day, 6 days a week .. and I don't think anyone begrudges the studios a profit .. that's what keeps bringing us the entertainment in the first place ..
There really is no right and wrong answer, and at this point, we can't even say that it will be a trend .. but I think we can count on more experimentation by the studios in an effort to beef up sales .. It's highly likely that the actual physical medium will continue to fall flatter in sales than the studios would like, BD has not even come close to the DVD sales curve within the same timeframe of CE release, PPV, VOD remain higher priced by far than a RB or NF rental and have a much higher profit margin for the studios as well .. and that's where they would like to see a good portion of the business go ..
So, we continue to see business enter the streaming market .. and with streaming growth, we, as consumers, are proving that convienience trumps quality .. just like we did with the music business .. so, is it any wonder that rental copes encoded with a lesser audio quality begin to crop up .. ?? NF / RB are the working mans rental these days .. and with B&M slowly going down, they will be a larger and larger portion of the market .. and the studios know that ..
Lastly .. if the cost of a new release stream dropped to under $2.00 on VOD / PPV how much growth would that segment then see .. ??