Then you'd need to watch the movie twice, once in inferior quality. Better to just wait a day or two.ConsoleWatcher wrote: ↑Feb 10th, 2015 10:08 pmWhat I would have liked would be if you could pick up the disc at a Redbox and mail it back. That way you wouldn't have to make a second trip to return it.
I personally think that Blu-ray's days as a rental medium are over. Streaming is slightly lower quality, but it's pretty close, and you can't beat the convenience. Heck, with increasing technology and higher bandwidth, it will probably eventually surpass Blu-Ray quality. Also, you don't have to deal with unskippable blu-ray menus and it can be played on a wide range of devices. DRM isn't really an issue, since when you rent something as long as you can play it back on what you have now you're ok (you're not worried about playback in the future).
I don't think Blu-ray sales will stop, though. I think that there will always be a demand for a physical product that can be resold, traded, lent to friends, no DRM issues, etc. What I'd like it to be able to buy a Blu-ray disc online and upon purchase get a code that'll allow me to view a streaming copy to watch immediately.
As for digital d/l or streaming, what makes you think they can't integrate unskippable ads into that? And your existing equipment may play existing content, but what if you were forced to constantly upgrade your gear to access future content - and the new gear was incompatible with older content, like what we see with game consoles. The corporations want to continue taking money out of your pocket one way or another. You may as well get physical media in exchange. At least then you have the option to completely cut the ties (and the payments) and just sit back and enjoy the media collection you've already paid for. Won't the corporations hate it if we all do that.