I'm not sure why this has moved in the direction of DVD vs. Blu-ray, but anyway...
As has been said, the advantage of discs is that you have a hard copy. This is the same argument for CDs vs. downloads. When that hard drive crashes or that cloud goes down, your trusty disc will still play. And that beats any matter of ease or convenience provided by soft copies.
Frankly, I think even Hunt's comment that discs will be around "for a good long while yet" is an understatement. Discs will almost always be around. If LPs ever fully go away, I might start to think otherwise.
I don't get that either but it's included in the Batman thread as well.
As a non-BR guy, I don't post like that, ie "I hope it's BR only", etc. I want both formats so all can be satisfied but I don't get why some BR collectors would care about a dual std release.
Howie, your post #17 was amazing.
I try to stay current on older tv show BR releases and as yet there's not enough out there for me to get into the mkt. It's been predicted years ago that we'd see most tv shows released on BR but it's not yet happened.
I don't see a strong trend in that direction yet but it could happen at some point.
Harry's point about "Time Tunnel" is interesting. I'd be tempted if TT was released on BR, or perhaps "Combat!" remastered from original elements.
I don't see that happening but as we know in this hobby, never say never.
I've done a few comparisons (dvd vs BR) on my nephew's PS3 player but I've only compared a few movies in dual format. The BR's are indeed clearer as I'd expect given the technological reasons but it's not been enough for me to move into the mkt.
I think another reason that BR isn't in everyone's home yet is that there are a lot of collectors out there that aren't motivated to double-dip or dual-format their collections.
One of the reasons that I haven't made the jump yet is that, on the move side of my collection, I have just about all of the movies that I'd collect so there's no incentive for me to move into BR as yet.
I have considered a few movies, such as ones that weren't released in their proper OAR on std dvd but were released in BR in anamorphic format.
If I see one of my few remaining wish-list tv shows being released only on BR, that would get me to buy the player.
Another reason that I haven't been motivated to enter the TV BR scene is that for me, I'm happy with the HDMI upconversion on my Panasonic Plasma set and my viewing distance watching 4:3 sets in their OAR.
Regarding the point in the article, there are a lot of collectors out there so I'm not concerned yet about the decline of the dvd scene.
Bill Hunt (Digital Bits) has often commented on this subject in reply to those that have predicted the advent of streaming/downloading resulting in the end of the dvd era.
So far, his take on this has been good considering what we're still seeing released.