I have little optimism about the future of home theater, at least with regards to how we will be able to access it and process it. These three possibilities are rather dire by comparison to the last 30 years and all the developments since the introduction of home video, but I can easily see it happening: 1. Studios will once more get their property out of the hands of consumers and instead control their libraries through subscribed streams. When this begins to happen in earnest and they see the profits of such an enterprise, they will no longer need a distributing service like Netflix. They can do it themselves and eliminate the middleman. Already HBO has pulled their programs from Netflix streaming and reportedly Showtime is soon to follow. I would look for WB to be among the first to break out on their own and offer a streaming service.. My guess is that Netflix will become a boutique streaming service, offering lots of public domain titles, but perhaps also offer titles from smaller, independent labels like IMAGE and maybe even CRITERION. 2. ISPs will all start capping bandwidth once streaming becomes, pardon me, mainstream, and will most likely look to the terrible paradigm established by years of overly complicated and needlessly complex cell phone plans. In other words, you will have to lock in your bandwidth access with a contract, the more you pay, the more bandwidth you will get. This will allow the all you can eat internet to go back to the stone age of the early AOL days when you were paying per minute for internet access. 3. Hardware will continue to get smaller as new generations weaned on hand held devices scoff at the monstrous, cable laden, home theaters of old. Everything will be more immediate and spontaneous, less planned and savored. In other words, a world where our media becomes increasingly disposable, akin to eating a quick sandwich for lunch and then moving on to something else that will appease our perpetual A.D.D.