Everybody seems to be avoiding the one advantage that physical media has over streaming, and always will regardless of bandwidth or anything else: true ownership. I know that this has been rehashed more times than I care to count, but I want to point to a recent example of what can happen when a provider's server has the final word. When the 2014 Godzilla was released to BD, a few people on another forum complained that it was much too dark, and that the transfer was borked. These same people had calibrated their displays by either a) having a BB Geek Squad tech do it, or b) turning on the news and adjusting until the skin tones looked good (both a & b are equivalent). Vudu responded by brightening up their streaming copy (imagine turning the brightness on your TV all the way up). Now, everybody had an unwatchable online copy (If I had paid for a streaming copy, I would be pi$$ed) Even though VUDU later backtracked, those with a physical copy were unaffected.
The studios hate the fact that they have no say in the use of their movies after the sale of a physical disc, and that I am free to watch their films when, where, with whom, and how many times I please (within the parameters of copyright, of course). As has been said, convenience trumps quality these days (look at what has happened to the music industry). In today's culture, people grow up bowing to the almighty cloud, and it is as natural to them as breathing. However, it is not a matter of being an enthusiast to say that when I hand over my credit card, I am buying, not leasing. The blu-ray disc (or whatever) is completely my property: case, plastic, and content.
As a final example, imagine if Disney were to buy out Warner. I can guarantee that all streaming copies of "Blazing Saddles" would be edited in accordance with Disney’s PC leanings, which would result in little more than a 10 minute featurette. Too bad for those who are at the mercy of the streaming servers; they will have no choice. However, those of us with a physical copy will be the last ones laughing.
The streaming model can only ever be relevant in a rental context. Someone who's stamp collection consists of jpeg pictures of physical stamps stored on a remote server cannot, by definition, be considered a "collector." This merely offers the ability to view the stamp, assuming the server owner wants you to. OTOH, those with the physical stamps in their possession are independent of external variables, and can view them whenever they wish (and are unaffected when the server owner replaces a picture with another, possibly inferior, one).
In short, streaming will always cater to convenience, but if physical media dies, so will true ownership (at least, in the legal sense). To those old enough to remember, many of the same limitations plagued the DIVX model, which were also what killed it (people were not so willing to be subservient to a provider back then).
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Last edited by Vader424242; 11-05-2014 at 07:28 PM.