Originally Posted by NTTD
I honestly cannot remember the last time I rented a DVD. I'm not sure where I could even go to do that anymore.
Since Netflix happened (in the 90's) I used their disc service. And not long after their streaming started we dropped disc altogether.
Originally Posted by wco81
Where would you rent DVDs or any media now these days?
Those Red Box kiosks don't look that busy.
For quite a few years, on various threads, one of my standard commentaries was "The Disk will Die at some point and become a niche market" .. some, not all, replies from other Posters would poo poo that idea, some would agree .. as the Streaming delivery infrastructure continued to improve, compression algorithms also evolved, and so, here we are ..
I maintain that we will continue to evolve (or de-volve depending on how you look at it) until physical media becomes much like vinyl .. I think that even many of the die hard Video / Audio hobbyists have come to appreciate how far the Tech has come .. IMO, 5G will only accelerate things ..
At my age of 75, I no longer have the eyesight nor the hearing of a younger person, so I can't fully appreciate the PQ / SQ that many streaming programs are now able to offer .. however, I am still acute enough to notice improvements ..
I don't buy much physical media these days, but I do still rent a BD or a UHD for the big Hollywood production material, mainly .. otherwise, streaming is just fine by me .. what I share with younger folks is, it's convenient, you don't have to leave the house to get it, and, it just keeps getting better and better .. I think it's way past the point of "just being good enough" IOW ..
I'll add :: if Providers can eventually bring the cost down on a PPV new release stream to that magical $1.50 - $2.00 cost, Redbox and the rest may as well throw in the towel ..