Join Date: May 2008
Location: Capital of the Great White North
Can anybody add anything new to this discussion? The hyperbole is getting a little too thick.
Personally, I do not think it is a case of only one or the other these days. We still have a ways to go to have perfect streaming, including more cost effective bandwidth from the big internet service providers and consistent access to catalog items, especially here in Canada.
That said, it is moving towards easier and consistent streaming and if you are going to watch something just once, it is probably the best way to go.
For the video quality argument, even most SD video is better quality than a VHS tape and that was the only real option for the masses for a couple of decades (cinephiles had the option of LD, but it was far from something you could easily pick up at WalMart or Zellers). Things are improving on the compression front, and like everything else with technology, it will continue to evolve.
I still love my durable media and I like to physically own the shows and movies I rewatch multiple times. I hope that I can continue to buy the things I really want to own and I have enough bandwidth to stream the rest.