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|View Poll Results: Is Ultra HD Blu-ray Doomed?|
|It's toast & sooner than you think||25||4.30%|
|It'll stick around for a while but it's doomed||140||24.10%|
|It'll keep being a niche option for major new releases, for years to come||308||53.01%|
|As more people buy 4K (and 8K) TVs UHD Blu-ray will make a comeback||108||18.59%|
|Voters: 581. You may not vote on this poll|
Maybe I'm the kind of blind slave-to-convenience that these services rely on to survive, but the convenience, instant gratification, and ubiquitous access to streaming content (subscription, rented, or "owned") is too much to ignore or exclude myself from.
If I deeply care about something (mostly Star Wars and some Marvel, probably less than 5 discs a year), I'll wait until the physical release window and buy it on UHD, probably watch the disc once, and default to the digital copy on Vudu for future viewings out of sheer convenience (along with only having a physical player hooked up in my Theater)... maybe I'll get around to ripping it to my Plex server, maybe not. If I really want to see a particular film during the Digital-only release window, I'll buy it from whatever Movies Anywhere connected service has the best price and watch it on Vudu. If I haven't got around to watching it by the time it hits the Rental window and don't think I'll watch it again, I'll rent from Vudu (or Prime if I have credits from no-rush Prime shipping). If I just want something to watch, I'll poke around Netflix or Prime for 5 minutes and pick something or head to YouTube TV or PlutoTV.
Further complicating (or, honestly, simplifying) things is the fact that I'm a parent. Kids like a lot of random crap content that I would never consider actually purchasing. They also find the self-discovery of that content as much or more enjoyable than actually viewing it. A wide catalog of discoverable content with no per-use cost is, in most cases, VASTLY more important to them than ownership and repeat viewing of some beloved film. If something goes away, so what, there's a hundred other things available. There are definitely exceptions to this rule, especially for my boys with ASD who crave structure/repetition (I have 3 physical copies and a rip of Mickey's House of Villains for if/when it can't be streamed), but for my girls it's the complete opposite and they derive more joy from discovering content on their own through Netflix or other streaming apps and can usually wait for the rental or subscription window of theatrical releases to roll around. I'm sure this will change over time, but it's the reality of how they consume content at their current age (7 and 10). For this reason alone I'll gladly pay for Netflix (and Disney+ when it launches) even if I never view a single piece of content from either service.
I'm a pragmatist and convenience matters. The fact that a 4K stream with DD+ (and Atmos when available) is past the point of diminishing returns for me personally makes the calculus easier. I've not yet lost access to a film I "own" digitally and Movies Anywhere has made shopping around while maintaining a consolidated/aggregated collection mostly seamless. I've never lost access to a piece of digitally "owned" content or, if I have, I honestly haven't noticed. If I do... it's just a movie.