Originally Posted by Saturn94
Another problem with streaming is availability of titles. What happens when a title is discontinued? Better hope you have plenty of backups! With physical media is doesn't matter if it's long discontinued, I can continue to enjoy my favorites as long as I have a functioning player (seems to me players are more reliable than HDs over time). I still have CDs that I purchased in 1982 and they still look and perform like new; some of which you simply cannot find these days.
No kidding, from 1982? That's great! I wouldn't have thought even 'modern' CD's wouldn't last that long in a reliable fashion, much less 30 year old CD's. Over the years I've had some shoddy disc's begin to oxidize the film the pits reside in/on.
But as to the question at hand: I, too, think physical media is here to stay, particularly for non-commercial and archival purposes, where the data would be considered 'priceless'. Not that I'm a physical-media 'fan' or anything (even as a musician/producer I never bought into the analog vinyl vs digital cd controversy. Personally, I believe content is here to be *experienced* for what it says to us, rather than compared as an artifact. The harder it is to discern a difference, the less point there is to the discussion, outside of any theoretical concerns)
At some point bandwidth infrastructure and compression will converge to the point where, for everyday purposes, it won't make sense to take up space with physical media. But hopefully by that point, for those 'priceless' things, the physical media we'll be left with will 'last forever' and be able to be 'read' by simple standard, means. After all, when that huge solar flare hits (and it will) we'll be thankful for physical media!