Originally Posted by Ted Todorov
So let me say it here -- and say it loudly. Steve Jobs was right. Blu-ray is a bag of hurt, and doesn't belong in Macs. His evident drive to get rid of optical media, is, unfortunately (I say this as a person with a huge optical media collection), the correct thing to do for consumer sanity.
Neighbor A is a decent, law-abiding citizen who lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Neighbor B is also a decent, law-abiding citizen and lives a few houses down. Neighbor A and Neighbor B are both men, both have spouses, and the two families are friends with each other, and frequently visit each other's houses. None of them has ever illegally downloaded movies, music, or software. Neighbor A had a very nice home theater setup in his living room; it is much nicer than Neighbor B's, but Neighbor B has a much larger collection of movies.
One afternoon, Neighbor A sees Neighbor B and invites B and his wife to come over that evening, and bring any movie they'd like.
If optical disks go away, how is Neighbor B going to be able to pick any movie he legally owns in his collection and bring it somewhere else to play on someone else's setup? Such sharing is extremely easy with optical discs, and it's legal, too. Where exactly is the movie, anyway? If it's not on a disc, then it must be a file somewhere. Where? On a computer that's connected to the home theater? On a set-top box (STB), like a DVR drive? Or is it stored on some remove server somewhere, and Neighbor B has to have a box connected to his system in his own, and the box authorizes the remote server to stream the movie to it? Again, how can he watch the movie at someone else's house—which is perfectly legal—with this kind of configuration?
It's not possible now. I can pay for a premium movie on Verizon or Comcast, and get the right to have it streamed to my house for 24 hours. I can watch it on any TV in my house (at least with Verizon, not sure if Comcast does that now, too). But I can't go to my neighbor's house and watch it there, not even if he also has Verizon. If this is the model "they" want us to move towards, then I, for one, have to say, "No, thanks, I'll keep my discs that I can watch on any player connected to any TV, any time, anywhere, even if I don't have an internet connection, even at a neighbor's/friend's/relative's house, even if I'm 35,000 feet in the air on a jet liner with a portable DVD player in my backpack, thank you very much."