Originally Posted by pt123
Blu-ray is digital and uses the same codec as digital, so who is really stagnating?
People using spinning discs that operate at a fraction of the speed as NAND or even old hard drives.
14x BD-R discs (do they even exist yet, much less burners?) top out at 63 megabytes per second. An SSD writes at 500 megabytes per second. The Mac Pro writes at 1,250 megabytes per second. Blu-ray tops out at 100GB per disc. You could get a 100GB hard drive about a decade ago. You can get 4TB drives now, and while those are slower than SSDs, you can also get up to a terabyte SSD these days. RAID a few HDDs and you'll have speeds close to that of an SSD with all the extra capacity. Try RAIDing Blu-ray discs. You want to access the stuff on multiple Blu-ray discs, you either buy multiple readers or swap the discs out. Who the heck wants to swap out discs?!
Or was that rhetorical? Anyway, Blu-ray are encoded in MP4? Could have sworn they were AVCHD, which is annoying as all get out. I seem to remember my early Blu-ray rips being annoying as all get out, but hey.
Why isn't digital a stopgap until the next thing that comes along that requires us to re-buy our movies?
Because you'll never have to repurchase your movies if they're not in a physical format. Wait, did you really not know the answer to that question?
AT&T and Verizon have been spending billions building out and increasing bandwidth.
HAVE THEY? I haven't noticed. I seriously haven't noticed. Nor any change from any other ISP, really. Verizon stopped their fiber rollout, if I remember right, and pushed it off in some regions to some other ISP (Frontier?), who also isn't doing it. Google wanted to do gigabit fiber, but they don't seem to be expanding anywhere beyond their testbed. Not that anyone with sense would trust Google in the first place, but I genuinely thought that if anyone could get the real ISPs out of their lull, it would be Google. NOPE!
They are answerable to shareholders.
So why aren't shareholders mentioning how speeds are the same, prices are the same, and caps have been put in place in the last, oh, five to ten years? Why aren't shareholders clamoring for gigabit speeds from their ISPs, given that Google has proven that it is possible?