Blu-Ray Officially Endangered

It is the 8th round of the heavy weight HD battle, and the heavy favorite Blu-Ray is on the ropes and in trouble. On the other side, DLC is quickly and convincingly wearing out Blu-Ray. Yes, Blu-Ray has won a huge battle against HD-DVD in the past, but it is starting to almost look embarrassing on how DLC is toying with the competition. It was just last week on TQcast Episode 71, that the hosts talked about how easy it was to damage a Blu-Ray, and how many people are receiving damaged Blu-Rays from internet renting services. Today as one of the host from TQcast received their weekly movie from Netflix, the prove and odds were revelead. Many Netflix subscribers have complained that they have received up to 4 out of 5 damaged Blu-Ray discs and after repeated phone calls to Netflix all they can really do is offer a discount and or send a replacement. What is the future of Blu-Ray? As TQcast mentioned on their last show, Blu-Ray is on the ropes. Why put up with cracked discs that won’t let you play your favorite high definition movie or maybe even your favorite PS3 game, when you can just go online and download it with no issues. This is something that has been proved already by mp3’s; more people have downloaded music rather than buying the physical media. Downloadable content is easier to access and free of headaches. As more and more media goes online, it’s making itself clear that our movies, video games, music and books will be physically untouchable soon enough.

  • BMi! Nough Said.

  • Haha, Desz, that is right! You see folks, the TQ FAM and the Black Market have been ahead of the game for ages. We’ve been downloading blurays for a good minute now…forget the argument of “life imitating art/art imitating life.” The real question is: “Is the industry imitating the ways of the BMI?”
    Seriously though, this makes me sad, as I DO own a few blurays, and I would hate for them to join my list of rare items like Sonic CD, Shenmue and Red Alarm.

  • Kosamus

    Yeah, I do the BMI thing for awile. Using software to turn Blu Rays into VOBs, and then stream through ps media player. Excellent. No loss of quality.

  • R12

    Lol, nice FUD. I can’t believe you are trying to compare a 4mb song to even a upscaled fake HD 4 GB movie. If were talking 7.1 surround sound, full 1080p then that’s well over 20 GBs. You wanna talk streaming well good luck. Internet connections are too slow as of now. And this is more of a Netflix problem, not a Blu-Ray problem. Your argument is garbage at best. Netflix effing up orders doesn’t make it “endangered” or even close to that.

  • @R12 We wish it wouldn’t be this way G, but streaming HD is nothing but a chicken wing. HD is already getting downloaded behind the scenes, and the average consumer doesn’t even know the difference between HD and DVD quality. Microsoft’s move to stay away from Blu-Ray was brilliant, they have 1080p movies offered for streaming this fall. Look around, technology moves on, and so should you.

    Don’t get me wrong I still have HD-DVDs, just because they are gone doesn’t mean I won’t collect them. Blu-Ray is awesome, but look at the big picture, will you be carrying around a blu-ray player in your pocket? digital content is everywhere. People want easy and dependable access to their media.

  • TheL1T1G4T0R

    Wow. I never thought this day would come. I actually don’t agree with something Desz said. I think digital media becoming mainstream is correct. I actually already accept that digital media has a large share of the pie already; however, I agree with R12 when I say High Definition video is FAR…so very FAR from becoming mainstream. Why? Simple. Like R12 said, internet speeds are crucial. Microsoft would like you to believe these movies work on you a slow connection 3 mbps but it has been clearly established by several other companies including Netflix that you need AT LEAST a 7.2 mbps connection which costs about $100 a month. So while it’s an attractive offer, it’s not cost effective for the mainstream to do this and in the United States especially since the price of Internet won’t be going down any time soon.

    Besides…if digital media becomes mainstream, companies will start searching for torrent sites and other sources of video where studios don’t get credit harder. Just look at Pirate Bay. The precedent has been set and these companies are so greedy they’ll spend the money to track down these other sites.

    I think you miss the most important aspect of having the disc. Flexibility. Most Blu-Rays come with digital copies embedded on the disc or downloadable from the studio. BD LIVE features such as the Star Trek scannable Hologram won’t be available on a digital media download. You can’t loan all your friends your online account. You won’t be locked into paying for Internet in order to watch movies or your own media. I think you remember your fiasco with Comcast. Just consider this. If everybody starts streaming HD footage on their connections, you think Comcast and Time Warner are going to sit there and let you do it for the same price you do now? NO WAY. All of us are going to be charged up like crazy. If you think it wan’t happen…just look at the price gauging that occured when oil companies realized they could charge us high prices for gas without worrying about anything. It’s simply economics. Lots of people equals higher demand and the Internet companies will say in order to meet that demand, they have to increase prices to get more bandwidth to supply their customers.

    Here are two other stories which testify to the strength of Blu-Ray especially during this bad economic period we are currently in.


  • Siggy

    I will have to agree and disagree with tqcast on this subject. I do believe that digital distribution is the future but we are still a few years away from it becoming 100% digital distribution, I still prefer to have the physical copy so I can sell it later or if it’s a collector’s item but I also like the convenience of having the media on my HDD rather than going through all those discs, some which I can’t seem to find LOL.

    I have to strongly disagree with tqcast using Netflix as their main source for the damaged discs. Come on,tqcast, I thought you guys were smarter than this. You can’t use Netflix as an example because you get those discs through the mail and it probably gets damaged on it’s way to your mail box. Don’t forget that many people have viewed those discs and just like my past experiences renting games and videos from Blockbuster, I had to go back to the store many times to get a good working copy. I also agree with TheL1T1G4T0R on his views, most of the new Blu-rays I have came with a free digital copy.

    @Desz: Keep in mind the average consumer is not as informed as us, only a dummy thinks that regular DVD movies and HD movies look the same. Don’t forget these are the same consumers who buy a Wii and then let it collect dust for months, I work with a lot of these people LOL.

    With everything I said I must say that I BMI more stuff than I actually buy LOL so BMI for the win.

  • maggot

    i believe the solution to this, which in most cases is already happening, is the inclusion of a digital copy along with your BluRay. This offers the consumer the best of both worlds and i believe is the most effective since in some cases u dont need an internet connecetion to get ur digital copy since it comes in the disc. d(O.O)b