Originally Posted by thrang
Truthfully, if the thought to counter the price of the product is to not buy the product, something is drastically wrong... So I agree its nice to be able to manage deleting and later re-download, its not a viable daily driver....
But it's not a choice of buy the product or not. It's buy the product at an available price point you are comfortable with. If you can't or don't want to spend to get a Terra and a Strato, then just get the Strato S and be happy with it. You still have a complete system delivering awesome quality movies to your theater. That's what I'm saying.
There are lots of things I'd like to buy that I can't afford or choose not to spend the money on. That's my choice to make. It's not the company's fault. Nor is it their responsibility to price their products to my demand or opinion. There's nothing drastically wrong in that. I would like a lot of things in life to be a lot cheaper than they are (while still keeping my own income the same or more of course).
In the long run, you're going to run out of local space regardless. Fast forward 10 years. Physical media is gone. You've steadily built a Kaleidescape library with many titles. Those titles are bigger and bigger in size, maybe even in 8k or whatever. Local storage is always going to hit a limit. A 40TB Terra is going to fill up eventually. But at the same time, bandwidth is going up so downloads are getting faster. Maybe we'll have a progressive download and play feature in Kaleidescape as well. That's what I would really like to see some day. Lots can change.
I agree that 45 minutes to download doesn't make for immediate on-demand playback; however, it's not that bad. In my house (family of 4 w/2 kids), we usually cycle our movie choices through each family member each movie night. With the Strato S, we would have to make that decision during dinner. If the movie wasn't already owned or loaded, then I would kick off a purchase/download. By the time we cleaned up, kid's got ready, made some popcorn, and herded everyone into the room, we've burned far more than 45 minutes of time.
It's also not a big stretch for family members to each pick several titles they likely will want to watch next and have those ready to go, plus a wide variety of other choices and evergreens within 6 or 12TB of space. (Although granted, I keep telling myself to do this, yet keep forgetting to actually do it.)
A Terra gets you flexibility for more local movies and faster downloads, but for a lot more money, versus a Strato S. Is it nice, sure! But, again, a Strato S is a complete system and completely viable by itself.