Say it isn’t so!
Reports are saying that my beloved blu-ray’s are on their way out. This article – http://bit.ly/bze2aJ told me that the bigger companies are saying no to supporting blu-ray video. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as it’s been known for a while that Apple wasn’t blu-ray’s biggest fan. But apparently even Netflix is leaving the blu-ray world. They recently introduced their service in Canada, and all of the movies are streaming, with no ability to acquire the actual physical DVD. They don’t offer that service, or to get the blu-ray disc sent to you. And apparently the USA is next in line for that same business model, with the discs no longer being an option for us.
Looking at it from one angle, I could see it coming. I didn’t want to, but I did. On AppleTV you can get the HD version of a movie, purchase or rent, and it’s the same quality as blu-ray. So the whole environmentally friendly situation comes into play there, which I am trying to became better at. Slowly, but surely. I am trying though.
I guess it’s just the physical aspect of it. When you buy something, you typically want to be able to hold it in your hands to get that personal satisfaction that you purchased it. With this, you can’t do that. And blu-ray/HD movies aren’t cheap. The brand new ones are actually quite expensive. So to not have that physical copy, and not be able to let a friend borrow it or whatever, is a bummer. But then again, I recently blogged about MP3’s, and I am on board with those, so I’m sure that I will be on board with digital movies as well.
But then again – remember HD DVD’s? There was the big issue a couple years ago with what was better, and blu-ray won out, and HD DVD’s operation shut their doors in 2008. I remember that well because the Bourne Trilogy wasn’t going to be released on blu-ray and only HD DVD and I was bummed because I was a blu-ray owner. So I guess I thought that blu-ray was going to hang in there for longer than just a couple years.
It won’t be the end of the world. It’s not like the quality is going away, it’s just the disc itself. I do have a good selection of blu-rays though that will probably end up like all the old VHS tapes/DVD’s and find their way to a garage sale when the time comes. Or they’ll go to my grandma, who will probably acquire a blu-ray player seven years after they are popular.
Before it’s no longer available – everyone should see Wild China on blu-ray. It’s awesome! Check it out here – http://www.amazon.com/Wild-China-Blu-ray-BBC-Video/dp/B0016I0AI2. You won’t regret it!
Have a good weekend everyone!