wchillman wrote:We don't have a Blu-ray player and, down-the-line, wanted to subscribe to DVDs by mail [including Blu-rays] from Netflix. I was thinking of killing two birds with one stone. Didn't know if it was worth looking into, hence, my inquiry.
stratcat96 wrote:I think Blu Ray is taking its last gasps so to speak.
jcmolet wrote:stratcat96 wrote:I think Blu Ray is taking its last gasps so to speak.
While Blu-ray discs will never reach the same rental or sales levels of DVD, thanks in large part to the introduction of streaming and download capabilities, the format is hardly taking its last gasps. While some are satisfied with the audio & video quality offered by services like Netflix, there is a significant number of consumers that require/desire higher fidelity. Additionally, some people still prefer to own physical media. Two things need to happen before Blu-ray starts its last gasps; the infrastructure needs to be in place to support significantly higher data rates (20-30 Mbps) to a plurality of consumers and mechanisms (i.e. digital media lockers) that allow consumers to retain and playback digital media across different devices/platforms - regardless of where it was purchased - need to be put in place and trusted by consumers.
mikebdoss wrote: Blu-ray isn't going away immediately, but people like me, for whom 720p is fine given the extreme convenience of streaming, aren't ever going to adopt, and it won't be long before you'll be able to get similar, if not better, quality streaming.
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