Originally Posted by imagic
The past few years have seen tremendous growth for streaming video. Now, you can enjoy 4K UHD with HDR from multiple sites including heavy-hitters like Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Vudu. The result is that streaming movies finally look good, even on big screens. However, Ultra HD Blu-ray remains the gold standard for quality.
This poll is intended as a snapshot in time, to see what the current state of streaming vs. disc happens to be. Of course, this is not a purely binary question since it's possible to mix-and-match streaming and disk-based content. The question is, have you succumbed to the temptation to watch digital releases that are typically available weeks ahead of the UHD BD version? Are you the patient type, who waits to watch a movie in the best format you can get your hands on? Or perhaps you don't think that UHD is worth it all!
I started out buying more 4K discs, but as the streaming quality has improved both visually and even sonically, I am tending to purchase the digital streaming versions more.
For a move like Green Book, I wanted to purchase it, but felt that the 4K stream would be more than satisfactory as this was not an audio showcase for surround sound and the like. The image quality is fantastic and I could probably not tell the difference between the stream and the disc. It's also nice to be able to purchase around 2 movies digitally for the price of one on disc. and even less in some cases.
The image quality on Aquaman is the best 4K Stream I have ever seen. The HDR and clarity is incredible! It also sounds great! I know, for me anyway, the uncompressed audio of UHD and Blu ray discs are unrivaled, but 4K streams continue to improve on the audio front as well. I liked Aquaman a lot, but didn't feel the need to drop @ $30 for it, when I can enjoy it immensely for less than half that price as a stream.
When Alita: Battle Angel comes out, I will probably buy the disc as it is a visual and audio showcase of a film and worth it, for me anyway, to have it in the best possible format. Also, when it comes to classics like The Matrix, I picked up the 4K disc, and for Superman: The Movie, I did the same. It is such a pleasure to see these movies looking and sounding better than ever before.
So, in conclusion, I will pick and choose which ones I purchase on disc vs the digital copy, but the line between them continues to become more blurred as streaming codecs and technology continue to advance.