I find streaming is good for small screen viewing. Once I started getting into projection screens 100"+, with seating distances at 9ft, I really started noticing the difference between streaming, downloaded rips, and blu ray. I find downloaded rips are still very good.
My problem with physical media is too high a price, for very questionable content, so much garbage. In Canada, Redbox pulled out earlier this year, and of course, there is no rental shops left. So, that leaves you paying 30-40 CAD for blu ray release, 7-10 CAD to Rogers cable for over compressed VOD ****, Netflix, or downloading the movie. Guess which two are most likely done most often here in Canada. I am guessing the ones that really don't put much money in the studio's pocket, if any.
When studio's and networks cry about piracy, I say they brought it on themselves. I feel no pain for them. Instead of adapting to the changing world, they have fought any change at every turn, doing everything they can to keep the status quo. Instead of giving the customer what they what, when they want, how they want, they tried, and to a very large part, failed, to dictate to the customer what they can have and do. Adapt or become obsolete.
I love physical media, and my price point seems to be around $8-$15 for movies. This is usually when I will pull the trigger on most stuff. I have thought long and hard, and I don't think I am willing to go another round with the studio's. The constant playback issues requiring firmware updates, if the manufacturer still supports it, (l have a blu ray player that cannot play about 25% of the newest discs, if I was to guess, and no firmware update in years) purchasing my collection all over again, for questionable conversions, quality, or "additional features", all for an increase in quality that won't be near as big as the jump from DVD to Blu Ray, apparently. What about TV? Don't know how my US counterparts have it, but here, Rogers being one of the largest cable companies, has got some of the most over-compressed channels one could possibly watch. I mean, HD stuff that looks near SD. They cannot handle 720P steams, they don't even offer 1080P, so 4K, aint going to happen until they switch to IP or whatever its called, and there is no broadcast 4K. Rogers, is apparently going to do some sports games in 2016 for the Blue Jays and other sports teams they own. So, are we supposed to wait until 4 weeks before fall TV starts up, run out and buy 4K releases of the TV shows and binge watch 20 episodes of each show, since that is how they release TV Blu rays it seems. End of summer, early September.
Once 4K projectors come out at $2000 range, I might reconsider, but I just don't see it happening. I want to be wrong, dead wrong, and this post was negative, but, I just don't think the larger consumer groups are going to be rushing to adopt 4K physical media here in Canada, when many internet providers offer unlimited internet now. I pay $95 per month for 250/20, unlimited transfer, NHL access, Shomi (Rogers/Shaw's version of Netflix) and modem included. I can remember when when my telephone line cost me $45.00 a month alone.
Just waiting for Lucas to announce 4K remaster of Star Wars, then 4K remaster of Star Wars, extended edition, and about 5 other releases of Star Wars after that. :P
But what do I know, that's just my opinion.