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DVD sales are down
Blu-ray sales are up
Digital rentals are up

Who would of thought? DVD is a dying format, even my mom (who is 58 years old) has weeded out DVDs at this point. Everyone I know owns a blu-ray player and watches blu-rays, or streams from Netflix at 1080p.

If you care about quality - You netflix physical blu-rays discs and/or buy them.
If you don't care about quality - You stream at 1080p for $8/month with reduced sound quality and reduced bitrate compared to the physical disc, but it's still worlds above anything DVD can offer.

Why on earth would anyone be buying DVDs? There's absolutely no market for it anymore. Both of the above options are cheaper and offer a better quality product.
Edited by Murlocke - 2/6/11 at 6:29am
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Pirates of the Caribean IV. I'm not falling for that one again.
Captain Avenger
Thor
Justin Beiber Never say never.
XMen First class
The dark knight rises
Battle: Los Angeles

And the lovely "whitelighters" pumping good energy into rediculous meaningless inspirational dribble made with synthetically processed voices hitting chakra frequencies. I'm not a stupid eprom you can program.

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post #43 of 44
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Originally Posted by beers View Post
How fast is your connection?
You can easily stream data over SSH to a squid proxy (on a VPS for cheap).
I've done this from Canada, England and Germany with great success watching hulu..
I get 2.5Mb/s on a good day (usually after 12 at night) and 1.8Mb/s on a bad day (after 5 on a week day).

Might be worth a shot though. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
Their biggest problem is that there are thousands of little three minute videos on youtube that are far more entertaining than most movies they're pumping out.
+1! So true, Hollywood is shovelling out some real dreck. I am lucky that we have the Toronto Film Festival nearby, because we get to see some pretty cool films, and pretty much none of them are from Hollywood.

Blu-Ray is a tough sell because it's quality is better than most people's TVs are capable of, and DVD is entirely adequate. Of course, I would have liked to see a higher quality, higher capacity system based on IBM's Blue Laser system - but the industry didn't take that direction.

TV shows were also big sellers - but TV is basically dreck, clobbered by the writer's strike. Besides, who really wants a DVD set of some reality TV show? Reality TV is one of those fleeting things that you are probably not going to watch in reruns anyways. Reality TV dominates, and is growing more and more every year.

Online is only one factor in this, and it won't really take off until they start giving people what they really want, fiber optic direct to the home, which is the only way high quality, high bandwidth content will be available (outside of the multiple day torrent downloads)...
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