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Blu-ray the End of the Line for Physical Media
Date 12/11/2008    Tags Rant    (0)

It's novel to own a bright shiny disc, but it's not practical anymore. People don't just play videos on their TVs... they use computers and phones and refrigerators. When you buy physical media, you're limiting yourself to a very specific set of players. And when the technology that underpins the player is replaced, you either need to continue using obsolete technology or rebuy all your videos.

When is the last time you bought a CD? It's been well over a year for me. It's so much easier to get an mp3 instead. They don't take up all the space, you can get it the instant you want it (instead of having to go to a store or order online), and it's a lot more convenient when I want to listen to it (no more fumbling through giant CD cases or shelves full of jewel cases).

Videos (movies, TV shows, etc) will eventually go the same route. Wouldn't it be a lot nicer to buy a license to a movie and then just stream it to any device you own anywhere you happen to be? You'd get all the same benefits of going away from CDs too. I doubt many of you miss those, unless you happened to own or work at a music store.

Blu-Ray will probably be the last real physical format for movies. The bandwidth required to deliver such a high quality movie isn't there yet, but in 5-10 years it will be (10 years is about the lifespan of DVD before it started to be replaced). At that point, just like CDs and DVDs, there will be no compelling reason to get Blu-ray either. In fact, some might argue that there is no compelling reason to buy Blu-ray now. 0" s


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