Originally Posted by imagic
I totally agree, not sorted out in the slightest. I concur, I am no fan of getting my media from a subscription service. I don't use Netflix, not sure why I'm giving them money right now. If I don't watch their shows, there is little value to their product.
I'm still pretty satisfied with Apple, I'm willing to gamble that the movies I purchased from them will be playable for a long time to come. I have taken to buying my favorite movies on Blu-ray.
I guess you are the dream consumer for the content providers. They have been trying to kill streaming services like Netflix, so that then they can milk you (and me) $3 for each episode you watch, or $7 per movie.
Because it is naive to think that if subscription services like Netflix (for movies) and MOG and Spotify (for music) go away, the studios will keep physical media around.
There is a reason why they claim that you do not own the content and it is because they want you to pay per view. They can't easily do this with physical media.
But if they choke Netflix and the likes, then there WILL come a day when you will find that the latest content becomes available ONLY on iTunes, or on HBO-Go, or whatever proprietary, overpriced and DRM-ladden sites the studios come up with.
Frankly, the only reasons why this day may not come is if they cannot completely choke off piracy, or the content providers break up (although the trend is clearly toward consolidation and don't expect Congress to stop it).
To reiterate, the studios do not want you to use Netflix (that's why they are not renewing agreements, going to iTunes, Amazon Prime and their own sites) -- they would rather stay in bed with the cable cos and pay per view resellers.
But, they do not like physical media either -- and the day will come, when they will force you to stream, just not on your terms the way it is with Netflix now, but on theirs.