I agree that Blu-ray will be around for a long time. Hell, I personally don't believe that all media would be reduced to digital download at any point in time, yet alone anytime soon.
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i have to agree with the majority of comments above and say that i do always prefer to have a tangible "real" copy just personal preference, i like something i can grasp for my money
Id agree w/this article of we had the same infrastructure as Japan but since we dont, Bluray should be around for a while. Japan can DL an entire movie in less than 4min!!! The same movie in the US would take a couple hours.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
Unfortunately, these journalists are trying to make themselves sound pro-MS and anti-Sony while they are supporting a concept that Sony has been supporting for a while.
The only real consumers you see spouting for digital downloads are the HD-DVD fanboys still pi55ed the choose the wrong format. Point of the matter is that A LOT of people wont buy digital if they can have the product in hand.
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I Think it will take much longer than that, because EVERYONE needs to be able to download the movies in order for it to work. there are still lots of people who do not have high speed internet, they all go to the video store and pick up the movies they want. i dont think that will change a hell of a lot in 5 years. and by then there will be ps4, or whatever. its not going to effect the ps3 anyway.
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Of course Blu-ray won't last forever.... geez. That's like saying DVD will be around for another 30 years or something. Anyways, digital downloads won't be the norm for sometime because of a few reasons:
1. Internet Service providers are starting to cap the bandwidth for the user.
2. Internet speeds are nowhere nears as fast as they need to be for digital downloads.
3. If your hard drive fails you either have to have a back up of everything or spend the time re-downloading everything.
I see Blu-ray lasting for a while, probably the same time as DVD. However, digital downloads won't be the norm for sometime.Mac Mini 2.3GHz i5, 500GB HD, 8GB Ram; 16GB iPhone 5; 16GB iPad mini
All in all, let's wait until digital downloads at least dominate the rental market before we start talking about them replacing optical discs. But of course, Blu-ray won't last forever -- just like no storage medium lasts forever.
High speed is still too expensive and isnt available everywhere. BD is here to stay for pretty long time. Most DSL still tops out at 3MB, maybe 6. That isnt even close to enough speed for what they are talking about. As it is the 720P content you can download from the PSN takes an hour. The movie studios will lose a ton of money from people that cant afford high speed or dont even have access to it. I think the TV manufacturers will have there TVs ready for digital distribution in the next five years, but BD will still be here.
Im tired of hearing about digital downloads. Digital downloads suck right now and unless they make some serious progress with download speeds, 1080p downloads and downloadable special features really soon, blu is going to be here for a while.http://forums.finalfantasyvii.info/index.php
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digital download will take on as fast as blu ray takes on. If you ask me! people are already downloading allot of hd media. so give it 4 years for allot of people to have blu ray, and in that 4 years allot of people will be downloading their media!
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Blu ray is about 7% of the film buying market. Digital downloads is less than 1% of the high definition market, and does not register on film buying as a whole.
Yeah he might, but even in the US there is not the demand, bandwidth or capacity to provide everyone with high definition on demand or downloads in a reasonable time.
The US are at the very back end of the queue when it comes to embracing new technology (Yes people on this forum, a TINY minority are not... I know). Regardless of what may be available, people are simply not open to the idea of owning a licence for a product instead of a disc. It is just natural human behaviour.
By the time DLC becomes widely available, Blu-Ray should be in more of a position to be price competitive with the DLC. I remember when DVD was first released and you were paying £30.00 for a film, you can now pick up the latest DVD movies for £5.00 or less.
It seems inevitable that Blu-Ray will go the same way, the other issue that you may come across with DLC is DRM (Digital Rights Management), this is something that you dont get with Blu-Ray unless you are trying to copy the disc. DLC without DRM is obviously open to much abuse and therefore difficult to implement.
I conclude that Blu-Ray is highly unlikely to be short lived, particularly at the expense of DLC. I predict the only product that could knock Blu-Ray off its current perch, would be a larger disc, which I might add would have to be significantly larger to justify a mass change over.
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Actually, the ISPs in my area have been removing caps, and offering higher speeds as well. I suspect the future will be DLC, and not this physical media.
Yes in around 10 years, High Definition Digital Download might be realistic.
But this will not guarantee it's success, seeing as MOST PEOPLE (Please not, most people, so don't count yourself as being "most people") are not remotely interested in giving up their physical collection for owning media on a hard drive or worse still, owning the right to stream it off a remote server.
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