Originally Posted by crabboy
Many, MANY years ago, when movies were first available (on video tape, suggested retail price $79.00), I thought "who'd want to OWN a movie". There might be a movie you'd want to see twice, maybe more, but not many. Then rental places came along, and you could temporarily possess a movie.
Fast forward (see what I did there?) to today and now we stream movies.
I have movies (on tape and DVD) that are collecting dust, some I've literally NEVER watched. But I own them!
I don't disagree about the rewatch-ability of a lot of movies... but there are still plenty of ways to rent physical discs. They send them to me in the mail. I pick out what I want next via an app on my phone or a web browser on my laptop, just like I do/would if I was picking out a movie from a streaming service.
Note: I'm not against streaming services. I have paid subscriptions to several of them (Netflix, HBO Now, and Youtube Red; Showtime Anytime comes along for the ride with my cable package. Etc).
Originally Posted by ozzman-832
With modern compression techniques and high bandwidths, efficient video processors, etc, discs will eventually die. Because streaming will sooner or later catch up in quality to physical discs. It’s a big business and that’s where all the money is being poured in. For hardcore media owners, there will probably be a refined ultraviolet type repository where all personal digital media will get stored but it will still be online streaming with perhaps option to download to secure digital devices to avoid piracy.
Maybe? Maybe even "probably?" But when? People have been saying that for a long time now. It seems unlikely to me that it happens at any point within the next 5 (or probably even 10) years. The PQ of my uncompressed blu ray library often (but not always) surpasses the PQ I get off streaming services compressed 4K UHD, to say nothing of SQ (for which the gap is even wider than PQ). For "the general consumer" (not a AVS Forums Home Theater enthusiast)? Absolutely. Completely agreed. But that's exactly why I don't think PQ and SQ is going to catch up anytime soon. The streaming services are very well aware of what the priorities/needs of their average customer is, and that is providing the largest-and-best-curated library possible (managing long-term distribution agreements) while being reliable and stable even on low(er)-speed connections and on low(er)-quality mobile devices, NOT for providing ultra-premium experiences to a small minority of owners with carefully-constructed, time-consumingly-calibrated, expensive rigs. The streaming services aren't focused on catching physical disc on PQ and SQ, because most of their subscriber base doesn't care.
The fact that CDs still exist and new albums can still be bought on CD at release, this many years after music-streaming-services rose to fame, should add confidence that video-streaming isn't on the verge of killing blu ray movie physical media anytime soon...
Originally Posted by ozzman-832
Discs are easy to pirate. Video piracy is killing the content producers. Streaming is a very secure way to encounter it. As soon as a movie comes out on physical media, the internet is littered with pirated content. For someone like me, who wants his own personal media stored at home, I often get this comment “Thats piracy” because well that’s what it has come down to. You want to own your own physical copies today, either your are cold fashioned or part of a grander scheme to promote piracy. That’s how they label you now.
Yes, I want to own (some of) my own multimedia content. I don't want (some of) my favorite shows and movies to just disappear from my current streaming subscriptions. I already pay for numerous monthly-services, with no-end-in-sight (sans ownership) to how many more I need to pick up and start paying for in order to retain access to content that I enjoy.
And there's is nothing "old fashioned" about platforms like Plex and Roon. They are very *new* and very *cool* IMO, they bring your own personal library to life with nice GUI's, watched states, interesting stats-for-nerds about your own files, and they make local and physical media as-accessible-and-convenient-as streaming media (but with the permanence of ownership, and at better quality).
Plex and Roon have never been more popular and more useful, at least in my house, than they are right now, with all the fragmenting of the streaming services into dozen(s) of platforms, and all the quarantine-time-at-home with which to consume media.