Originally Posted by Cory Bauer
Yep. That and the only way you can lose your entire movie collection with physical media is a housefire, act of god or theft; not very common. But with digital downloads, a hard drive failure means you lose your entire collection instantly. I'd bet nearly everyone has been the victim of a hard drive failure or seven in their lifetime. I think we need massive solid-state storage before we can seriously think about putting thousands of dollars of movies in a box the size of your hand.
It all depends. If the companies providing digital downloads allowed for, 5 downloads of your file (or unlimited downloads) you don't have to worry about "losing" your song/video/game etc.
Plus, I trust my server to stand up better to my (future) kids than some optical disk. Plus which is easier:
- scroll through a graphical list of movies
- click play
- Navigate through the rack of DVDs
- put it in the player (hoping it isn't dusty, scratched, etc)
- wait for the FBI/CIA/DEA/DRM warning (and thankfully in multiple languages)
- wait through the forced "enhanced" movie ads
- hit play
Personal VoD is the future! It is hear now, in very rudimentary form (AppleTV plus external USB hard drive, server, etc). Optical disks are a dieing breed, and in 5 years we will be either legally/illegally (depending on your view) "ripping" our HDMs or downloading HD content from someone. Hell, I'm so sick of the studios at this point (with the whole writers strike, plus the crap that has been churned out as of late) i'm more interested in seeing what some independents can do and distribute via the internet.