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Well my feeling about it appears to be with the majority of others
I feel it will be around for some time to come but will eventually die off.
I remember when DVD's first hit the market many years ago and a (cheap) player was easily north of $400. But it was the new "Next Big Thing" and it really did transform the media watching format for so many years. Fast forward not many years at all and a DVD player could be had for $29.00 easily or less. Obviously not top of the the line but functional. The added benefit for the DVD player and the timing of it coincided very well with the CD hey day as well. It could do both!!
Then Blu-Ray came out and it was a very significant increase in resolution, color fidelity, and it was full HD from the disc to the screen uncompressed true HD beauty. And the uncompressed audio was finally able to be riding on those lovely Blu-Rays and there was definitely a difference there as well. So Blu-Ray was definitely an improvement in many ways. Just like the DVD players when Blu-Ray first came out (Like all other new format items) the cost was very high for the players. Now they can be had on the cheap. Lets not forget however that along with the physical media ability of these players bundled/packaged within them came the streaming apps. This was one of the initial hooks into the streaming market. And then the video game consoles had it as well and then the new "Smart TV's" had the streaming apps as well. Also remember the transition form folks with DVD players to Blu-Ray was slow as well. In all reality we have to keep in mind that even today most all cable, and Dish style telecasts are still in 720P, 1080i, or possibly 1080P, in 2019. Notice I am not saying ALL broadcasting shares these limitations. You will always have the early adopters but the majority of folks lagged in making the switch. When they did there were those streaming apps inside.
All this being said I am not mentioning the whole Blu-Ray HDDVD format war that started when the format started taking off.
Fast forward to today and the next big thing which is the basis of the discussion 4K Ultra HD players. Along with this new format we consumers have the Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, need I go on? What does my TV support? It does this, but not that. Will my player do this? Does my receiver support this HDR10+, HDR10, HLG,............................................Th e manufacturer says "Maybe" in a future firmware date............................Well my 4K player manufacturer said initially maybe in a firmware update but now they are not going to do it with this player. But...................... their version II of this player will do it so I guess I need to buy a new one............... if I want that feature. They (manufacturers) don't do themselves any favors now do they? The typical consumer has no idea about all this stuff and the folks in the stores don't know either much of the time. When most consumers start to look into this there head starts to spin. "Why does this have to be so confusing?" I have had many people ask me. Due to this and the sheer convenience of streaming apps (and the fact that pretty much any device has streaming apps) they just say "Hey I could just watch this on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Hulu"............................................. ...................
So if the disc format dies who's fault is it really I ask? No matter how much research you do how hard is it today to buy something that will do pretty much everything? And then that target is always moving isn't it? So you can try to keep up with every new format/feature, or folks can just stream something. What do you think the masses are going to choose?
While we are discussing this today we now have manufacturers starting to pump out 8K TV's.............................
So we are nowhere near having the current 4K content anywhere near sorted and the manufacturers are already starting to chase another higher resolution format.
I love the audio/video industry and the joy it can bring us but with so many ever changing/shifting formats and variables it just gets more cloudy every day as the manufacturers make a mess and then leave it to go chase another newer format.
Not being negative and I really did not mean for this post to go this long but those are my thoughts.
If it sounds and looks good, it sounds and looks good!!
Last edited by Wafflebird; 02-23-2019 at 07:12 AM.