Originally Posted by Rob55
I just wish they didn't keep pushing backwards in terms of quality. We went from uncompressed PCM on CD to 128k and now 256kbps AAC/MP3 files. Now Apple would have us "settle" for 720p when we've had a taste of what really good video can look like, and all for the sake of convenience. I just hope they come up with a way to stream Blu-ray quality movies before it goes the way of the laserdisc.
Why cant like business models ever be compared on this site?
iTunes Store media and the AppleTV arent designed to be the answer to Blu-rays HiP 1080p content. If it was they would have included a HiP 1080p H.264 decoder and offered content.
But does it makes sense for Apple to stream unaltered 50GB Blu-ray content to your home over the internet? That is so far from convenient that its absurd on the face of it.
What Apple is offering is surprisingly unclear though Id expect it should be crystal. If you want content quickly and easier via iTunes, your iDevice or your AppleTV then the iTunes Store has a possible solution for you, BUT APPLE ISNT SAYING ITS THE ONLY SOLUTION THERE IS.
If you look at their direct competition its other streaming and internet download services. Things that are now on the XBOX, PS3, Ruku. To a less extent its competing with your cable/ats streaming service. If you arent a heavy TV user the iTS has an option for you that could save you movie and give you better quality than your cable/sats content. The very last competitor is optical media.
BTW, there is a lot more streaming going on these days than watching via ODDs. Even Netflix is showing a huge jump in streaming. This is the future. ODDs own limitations are itself. Are you people coming down on XBOX for not offering a Blu-ray Player? How about Roku?
Why is okay for every other company to focus on the tech they feel is the most beneficial to their future profits, but when it comes to Apple all of a sudden if they dont support it then it mean you arent allowed to use it? What is to fear from not buying all your products from Apple if they dont suit your needs? Is it that they have shown time and time again that if they leave a tech behind or never support it that it does mean its EOL even though the market itself doesnt realize it and that tech world will eventually line up behind them?
I bet Steve Jobs has Blu-ray players in his house. It is, after all, the best way to watch Pixar films on the big screen, but that doesnt mean that the company he runs should be forced to put them in every Mac at $500+ premium for a 9.5mm slot-loading drive and be forced to add iBlu-ray player to iLIfe.