gonzotek wrote:DVD sales are shrinking, itunes video content is encrypted(so no local network playback unless you're in Apple's ecosystem), and blu-ray is not ever expected to gain the same traction that dvd once had.
Basically, the kind of content that was once ALWAYS eventually made available on dvd will become (physically) scarcer and scarcer. On-Demand services from cable and the internet will be competing with physical media, which requires valuable self-space in brick-and-mortar stores (see also the shrinking packaged disc sections at your local retailer, and revisit in two years or so to see if they've grown or shrunk further). If they can't acquire the content physically in the first place, local streaming obviously becomes less useful to a user.
DVD sales shrinking and the slow adoption of BDs is the reason I believe local streaming will get bigger before it gets smaller. People are recognizing that discs are inconvenient and they are unwilling to buy the content again. I am one of them. I don't believe I need BD quality for most of my movies and TV shows and I had a bookshelf full of DVDs. If given the chance I'd stream everything I want from Netflix but they don't have all I want. When I want to get my Northern Exposure fix, for instance, I have to turn back to my own collection. Some of the content I have on DVD may never show up again. Look at how many shows never came out on DVD. You can't find anything beyond season 1 of Fantasy Island. The next culling will see more casualities.
While they battle out how legal it is to rip your own DVDs I have a clear conscious. They got their money and I am not selling the discs or giving them away. If I don't feel like I need the disc any longer I throw it away.