Originally Posted by Nebiroth
I'm currently enjoying stuff on DVD I enjoyed 45 years ago as a child (there, I;ve revealed how old I am!) and I fully expect to be able to enjoy it 45 years from now (if I live that long)...
The thing about the "non-ownership" model is that it's kind of like saying you will never buy any books because there will always
be a public library you can borrow from and it will have the titles you want to read over again available forever
Hah, I bet that you can stream the same "stuff" you have on your DVDs from Netflix, some of it in better than DVD quality.
As far as books, not a good analogy. I still have a couple of walls of books (among them, many first editions). I loved having my own books and almost never went to libraries. But a few years ago I got my first e-reader and today, I almost never look at my books. At some point, I'll just get rid of them, since I have virtually everything I cherish in digital form. If there was a Netflix for books (monthly fee for no expiration), I'd be on it.
Same with CDs, DVDs and BRs (I even have a bunch of HDDVDs).
A few years ago, I went through the trouble of ripping everything to a NAS. The disks all sit in boxes now.
Now even the NAS is getting very little use (mostly for home videos and photos).
My lossless music collection is almost never played anymore: I found MOG, which has 95% of what I had, plus a few million more songs. The quality, at 320kbps is practically indistinguishable from my lossless rips. I have discovered much new music through MOG and at $10 a month, it's a bargain.
Between Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV (I also have Plex on a HTPC in my TV room), I am pretty much set for entertainment. Canceled my $140 per month Dish subscription a few years ago and haven't regretted it once.
I do get BRs from work, but even so, I don't reach for them very often, since it's simply easier to stream. As long as your taste is not "current blockbuster-only," streaming is content-rich, generally high-quality, relatively inexpensive alternative.
The quality is close enough to BR that on my 60" plasma, watched from about 9" or so, BRs are not worth the bother.
I personally don't like projectors and I am not absolutely thrilled with most large LCDs. But if in a few years 120" plasma-like screens that weigh less than 150lbs become available for reasonable $$$$, then I'd jump on the 4k bandwagon.
But by then it is more than likely that codecs like the upcoming H.265 will bring 4k-like quality within reasonable bandwidth.
Sure, I'll probably keep some sort of NAS-like solution for personal videos and shots, but it will also be backed up to a cloud, which is overall a more secure option than keeping a hard drive at home.
But disks? Nah, let the vinyl and comic books aficionados keeps those.