I am more concerned with the cable companies attempts to eliminate local Over The Air (OTA) TV with only streaming. I had basic cable and used a cheap indoor antenna for OTA because they broadcast in full HD with no compression decompression. Many times it looks as good or better that any 1080p source. I listened to this website on 2015 Black Friday when we decided to finally get rid of our Panasonic 58" plasma screen in favor of a new 65"-70" 4k TV. I read here that Vizio M65 was the highest rated?? Vizio?? Then I started researching here and found they all have full array lighting on the back not just edge lit. I learned about dimming zones and saw the difference on in store displays so we bought one. I then had it have issues with the HDMI in mechanically two weeks after buying and Vizio sent a repair guy within two days and he replaced all the boards that had given problems and replaced the HDMI board. That was in January 2016. We had basic cable and Amazon as well as Netflix. We dropped the 480 resolution basic cable and bought Sling TV as well as a new Channel master Rooftop antenna, this four out distribution amp, https://www.parts-express.com/electr...ifier--182-562
. We get 28 channels that are great. All the major networks in 1080i and many great oldies sub-channels in 720 and some 480. Basic cable had only one 480 public broadcast channel and OTA had 3, all 1080i!
I wanted to upgrade my TV because it does not have the ability to cast my portable devices, and I wanted to move up to a 70" Vizio M or possible P. But the new ones had no OTA tuners!!! I just read here today that all Vizio models will have OTA tuners Thank goodness. See, if all TVs have no tuners, then we are forced to stream or go cable again for local channels. So let's also consider the OTA as content which it is. We then subscribed to Sling TV Blue with HBO for 14.99 a month. So now our streaming content is Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV Blue with HBO, and online videos.
I can't watch all the content we now own, let alone argue over whether 1080 or 4k can be seen (They CAN!) And we pay less than the basic cable bill along with the 70 bucks we were paying anyway for 200Mbps Internet service which includes the extra $10 for unlimited streaming. I live in a rural area 15 miles away from town with 2-3 bars Verizon service and the other carriers none to one. So cable Internet is our only choice and our cable provider is over priced with no competition - a monopoly.
I have an extensive Music CD collection (more than 3000) all greatest hits, best of, and collections. I ripped them all to MP3 at best for MP3 quality - 320Kbps. We were mobile DJs for fun and made more than we expected on weekends from 1983-2003. We were in the middle of buying all our albums on CDs and at the time went from using dbx cassettes for copies to ripped CDs. We also went from VHS rentals to DVD with Netflix shipping to direct streaming with no DVD to return. I saved only about 300 of our LPs in vinyl which were played once to record encoded with dbx nr to cassettes. We had Sony Hi8 recorders now being ripped from that metal tape to DVDs that can then be ripped to my hard drives. We store all our CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs in 200-300 disk binder albums with the liner notes.
We have two generation 2 Fire TV devices (4k Hardware) and one gen 1 for 1080 p no 4k that is attached to my Dell 2720 all in one with quad HD and HDMI in as well as an out. I also have 2 Hauppauge 955Q WinTV tuners and DVR in one that are great! They are connected to the wall outlet for OTA TV. Streaming is over AC1900 MIMO router and 16 channel Modem from Linksys. on our TVs we select from HDMI 1, Blu-Ray player HDMI, or Antenna from the roof with a perfect signal. HDMI one is the Amazon Fire TV in all but the guest bedroom which has no fire TV just OTA and wireless Internet for Sling TV, Amazon Prime, and Netflix in addition to the HD OTA channels from the antenna.
I have not bought a new DVD or Blu-Ray in the last ten years. I buy used on Craigslist, Goodwill, and Pawn shops. Many are new in cellophane and the Blu Rays are $1.99-$3.99.
Now folks I can afford anything I want and used to buy Denon and the first Pioneer DSX A/V receiver back in the 80s was on my shelf with 901s. I have two Yamaha YSP 800 sound projectors and the matching Yamaha subs that use the system on off. They are on the shelf, about to be sold, as we can't get voices as clear as we can on the top line Vizio 5.1 system with wireless rear sub and surround speakers bar up front. I was a military weapons instructor and despite wearing double ear protection between DJing and machine guns enough damaging vibrations to make me a bit lacking in high end freqs today at 65. I would no more use a soundbar or any all in one solution for the kiddies and Luddites. Today, I have found that like the amazing Bose Mini Soundlinks and Soundlink II BT speakers we have, size doesn't really matter anymore.
I am getting a new M65 or 70 with Casting to match my 5.1 soundbar system. We will be keeping our Fire TVs as the new dangling one aren't as robust as the Gen 2 Fires. We also have Surface Pro 4 and Amazon Fire tablets an 8.9 HDX and the newest 2017 10 " Fire with actual 1080p resolution for full HD.
I need no Discs anymore. But have mine archived digitally and the hard copies in DVD albums with the jewel cases trashed. Today I listen to my ripped music (More than 150GBs of ripped MP3) on 128GB micro SD cards in my Android phones that we also have a video projector for (Moto Z Play Droids soon to be replaced by Play II droid) as well as wireless charging snap on mods, and the JBL speaker mod. In the car I listen to my music via BT on my car audio. We also have BT head phones, three sets that are amazing! We had to buy several before we found the better quality and run times.
Streaming from Internet, tablets or phones with music and movies on our micro SD cards, OTA video and music.
I can't watch all the full HD and 4k content of really good movies and series if I watched 24/7. BTW, I leave my phone in the car when out, and may or may not see a text or voicemail as I am never head down in my smart phone. I do emails and write my stuff like now at home. On a Dell 2720 27" quad HD screen, with a full size keyboard and mouse. We have Thermal Take Hard Drive Docks and about 24 TB of drives I kept over the years since 2005 in 1 and 2 TB drives. My movies, pictures, and music, are duplicated on the external drives. And we have the original CDs and DVDs and BluRays in 15 Disc CaseLogic storage books. Wde no longer use our top line Blu Ray player much at all, and the Hi8 videos not at all since we moved them to DVDs. I even have a DVD recorder that is excellent as well as a Hi8 VCR. I no longer have a Hi8 camera. Why with our excellent cell phone cameras?
So folks the real issue here is not that the disc is dead. Nor that all should keep their source material like I did. I don't buy anything any more. And if it is new and costs We wait until it can be streamed free or for $3.99 or less. We have only rented three movies in the last year. If Prime keeps charging we may actually be dropping Prime for the new kids on the block with all content paid for by my 10-25 dollar subscription fee per month. I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2 when they were still charging for them on Prime videos!
The average Joe will buy Cable and still not buy streaming. We are not rich but can buy anything we want cash.
When I write that online some people read it as bragging and miss the point. I have the technical background and education, a military career training folks to fire their rifles, machine guns, pistols, shoulder rockets, retired from a couple more careers and earned what we have. I Make those statements to validate this next. The most expensive isn't always the best, and most folks can't see or hear a statistic or test reading. I propose that unless the testers are testing as the recordings are made, live, and then comparing that range to the recorded range some multi thousand dollar units will fall on their butts. I love Bose wave radios but today, realistically, we use our phones and now Alexa for our go to sleep and shut off at a specified time bedside devices. We have the M65 in a home theater configuration, and rarely entertain. We have few close friends and we have them over for a weekend as house guests or a week with their RVs.
The best system is one selected from the ones your budget allows, after a few weeks or months of reading, researching, seeing listening in stores, and then finally buying. Now that Vizio has their OTA tuners back, I am upgrading just to get the casting feature and to take advantage of their improvements over the last 3 years.
AVS here is an excellent resource for the research from actual users and those who make this niche a place to show their expertise and help. We oftentimes end up with systems, phones and computers many think are too expensive or think are too cheap. I have a set of BT headphones that were $30 that will equal or exceed many of the $200-$350 headsets. Amazon basics 4k HDMI cables for under $10 bucks beat or meet the crazy cable prices people pay for at retail or online stores from Monster etc. Amazon basics rechargeable pre-charged NiMH batteries are as good or better than ones three times their cost.
You invest time and money. Short on either makes you waste the other. And some folks defend their choices when they know better.
Streaming has already taken over, but those that have the original media and players should hang onto them. I still have 300 vinyl LPs and am playing them on a cheap digital converter turntable that even has internal rechargeable batteries! See despite not having a $300 cartridge, the albums are only going to be played once each to digitize them making the total of plays 2 maybe three. And no scratches, albums stored in a closet in boxes vertically oriented with all cellophane removed.
But I will not pay for each stream and will go back to media if the streamers go there before I die.
Remember, if you can't see or hear it, drop down until you can see the difference and then buy one up from that.
We are organic beings and I know folks with poor vision that won't wear their glasses, ans folks who are worse than I am and use hearing aids that still want to pay top dollar for speakers when they can't really hear the difference between an am/fm clock radio and high end speakers.