Originally Posted by TowerGrove
for ownership the world is going to downloads, for rental thats streaming. even services that are popular for streaming are introducing CFFs like that which Ultravioldt will be rolling ouy later this year. These files will be compt. with some home servers .
But Ultraviolet is still restrictive, and it still places control in the hands of the content provider. If I buy a DVD then I can do whatever I want with it. With Ultraviolet you still have to register what devices can use the content and you can have only twelve. Moreover, I rather suspect that Ultraviolet hands over more information about my viewing habits than I'm comfortable with. That Digital Rights Locker will, of course, be keeping tabs on it all and undoubtedly the T&C's will say the holders can use it all for marketing puposes.
Oh, and I wonder just how many folks downloading all their stuff will have a comprehensive backup system? Not many, judging by the number of posts I see in the computer forums I frequent lamenting the fact that their HDD died and "does this mean I have to download it all again?" (Yes, you do; assuming the download service gives the the right to purchase once, download many, which to be fair, lots do)
Originally Posted by HDPERSON
As large 4K TVs take over the movie theaters will die and hollywood will stream new movies to the home 4K tvs.
It won't. People go to the movies for the social experience - more than they do for anything else. Movie theatres suffered a dip during the peak of DVD but have come back to life again because the customers go to them for an entertaining night out with friends
Originally Posted by kicksavedave
This is purely anecdotal, but for me personally, I haven't bought a DVD or BR in over a year, whereas before I was buying them by the dozen monthly. And I haven't bought a music CD in several years but I download MP3 Albums from Amazon at the same rate that I used to by the dics - about 15-20 CDs a month on average. So for me, streaming/downloading has entirely replaced buying physical media. This became the preferred method for me when all my devices became networked, and all capable of talking to each other and playing media from a variety of sources - either my MP3 library on my PC (which is obviously backed up so the media is not needed as a backup), or from Pandora, Spotify, Netflix or Vudu.
Most movies and TV series will be streamed, not downloaded. Leaving you at the mercy of the content provider.
Still, if people want to be a digital suppliant who are OK with the idea of their favourite TV show or movie being gone once the streaming service loses the rights to it or goes bust, that's entirely up to them.
Also, I have serious doubts as to whether the typical customer has the level of equipment you do - let alone buying 20 CD's a month.
I guess I'm really a collector, and having the physical copy in my hands (or on the shelf), the artwork and all the rest, that matters to me. It's also part of the reason for the resurgence of vinyl - people buy it as a whole product, not just for the data content. If that was all that mattered then the delivery mode would indeed be irrelevent. I suspect it will for many. But not for me.
But then I am not a typical movie or TV viewer.
I'm also extremely glad that almost everything I'm interested in, I already own! Too late studios, I have it in my hands...!