Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Is Blu Ray Dying?
With the popularity of video streaming apps that can display HD quality video and Dolby Digital Plus sound, are people still buying Blu Ray's?
The reason we are asking this is because it's so much easier to call up a movie or TV show from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and all the others, than getting up looking for a BD and then sticking it into the player and then pressing play and then being assaulted by movie trailers you have no interest in. You may call us lazy or that we don't care for perfect sound and picture but at the end of the day is all that really important? Convenience sometimes reins supreme. You have to understand the technical differences between digital delivered media and disc media is getting smaller and smaller.
You might ask also, "What about all those cool extra's" Well guess what, Sony with their Video Unlimited or there PlayStation Store you can buy HD movies with the extras and watch them on your Sony device. We have done this with the movie Prometheus purchased from the PlayStation Store and downloaded to the PlayStation 3 hard drive. The thing we liked about it, is that there is no disc to store or shelve but it sits comfortably on the PS3 to be called up at any time with just a remote.
Digital delivery is becoming convenient and the studios are taking advantage of this by selling the digital version of the movie weeks before they get released to DVD/BD. It seems like a win win situation for all, no discs to produce and no discs to store in our homes.
When years ago the media was touting that streaming was going to kill BD before BD had a chance to fly, we enthusiasts were so upset at that notion. Now that we have higher bandwidths and the caps are not so draconian anymore, streaming has started to become a real alternative to Blu Ray.