Will Streaming Movies Kill Blu-ray Discs?
If you’re like many other TV owners, you may already have your TV connected to your high speed Internet connection or maybe you’re considering a new HDTV with built-in networking so you can make the connection. Streaming movies from services like Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster and others are becoming popular ways to watch movies on your “connected” TV without having to deal with the trouble of returning discs to the rental service. Most streaming services don’t offer 1080p video and many don’t have the very latest movies but we still wondered if the growing popularity of steaming services might be affecting consumers’ interest in purchasing Blu-ray players.
So Many Connected TVs
We were surprised to see a high number of respondents say their TVs were connected to the Internet. They might have them connected through game consoles, set top boxes, computers or something else but over 22% said they had a connection. Another 25% said their TVs weren’t connected but they would like them to be. With such a large number of potential movie “streamers” you’d think many would prefer to stream than to Blu-ray and as turns out many would but many still want Blu-ray.
Strong Interest in Streaming
Over 50% or respondents said they either stream movies now or would like to stream movies. With lots of connected TVs and lots of interest in streaming movies will we see distribution of movies on Blu-ray discs begin to fall off?
Interest Also Strong for Blu-ray Players
Good news for the Blu-ray industry! It doesn’t look like Blu-ray has anything to worry about just yet as far as steaming movies are concerned. The study found a tiny percentage of respondents who said they were going to stream movies instead of buying a Blu-ray player while almost 50% of respondents said they were planning on buying a Blu-ray player or were considering buying one this year.
Is 3D Hurting Blu-ray Sales?
It doesn’t look like 3D will hurt Blu-ray sales in fact, it looks like 3D could be a good thing for Blu-ray with 10% of respondents saying they were planning on buying a 3D Blu-ray player while only 12% said they were waiting for 3D before buying a Blu-ray player.
To answer our original question about streaming movies hurting Blu-ray sales, we say streaming doesn’t look like a threat at the moment but it’s something we’ll be watching as connected TVs become more popular and streaming services start offering recently released movies in high definition.
About Retrevo Pulse Report
The Retrevo Pulse Report is an ongoing study of people and electronics from the consumer electronics shopping and review site Retrevo.com. The data for this report came from a study of online individuals (non-Retrevo users) conducted by an independent panel. The sample size was over 1,000 distributed across gender, age, income and location in the United States. Most responses have a confidence interval of 4% at a 95% confidence level.
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We were warned about Blu-ray!!

Several years ago major players were advising the "gadgeteers" to NOT spend your money (several hundreds of dollars, if memory serves), on this technology. The reasoning was simple: streaming would be fast, easy and relatively inexpensive - all of that has come to fruition. With my TiVo box we are able to consume: movies from Blockbuster, Netflix, amazon, YouTube (don't understand why anyone would use YouTube!); music from several sources; podcasts; the list of oprions will continue to expand. Why buy Blu-ray? I can't answer that. Paul



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Streaming Is Tempting And Delicious

Sony may have really overlooked something quite simple. (Perhaps not obvious alas.) It's not just about quality. (Of course with a very marginal difference they thought they would push DVD out. Dumb, dumb, dumb.)

But like I said, it's NOT JUST ABOUT QUALITY. Blu Ray doesn't solve problems. It CREATES problems. (Having to buy a new system, a new tv, having to pay twice as much for the films, not being able to play it on your computers, not being able to share with a friend who doesn't have Blu Ray, etc.)

Streaming is tempting and delicious. With just the push of a few keys, I have found things I had forgotten about. (And things I was delighted to see again.) True. Quality isn't always the best. But it's watchable, and you can't beat the convenience.

True, for some things I want a physical media. But DVD is good enough. And if I ever want to spend the money, it will be on a DVD upgrader. But for now, DVD is good enough. And streaming is delightful.


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The answer to "Why buy Blu

The answer to "Why buy Blu Ray" is simple. You cannot stream blu-ray movies yet and there is little likelihood of that happening anytime soon and don't tell me there's little difference between Blu Ray and 1080i HD. If you think that then you are not paying close enough attention and I suggest getting your eyes checked if you see little to no difference.



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There is nothing wrong with

There is nothing wrong with DVD.

Blu Ray is just a scam to get you to buy your whole set of films over again. (By the way, I have excellent vision.)

I am not going to pay for a whole new player, a new system, and pay twice as much for my films. (And even if I was in a spending mood, I would just buy an upgrader and avoid this conversion nonsense.)

Besides, there's probably a new format waiting to kick Blu Ray to the gutter. So I'll probably just skip Blu Ray and see what the next format around the corner is.

DVD is good enough for a physical format, and streaming is tempting and delicious.

Blu Ray is in a hopeless 3 front war. (1) It's not knocking the old DVD out. (2) Streaming is taking over. And (3) In the interim we have the nice DVD upgrader.

Ask yourself, would you have questioned your DVD Player if you hadn't seen a Blu Ray commercial? Especially when the commercials try to make DVD look like a bad VHS tape? Blu Ray is a waste of money. It basically serves people who need to release their SAME FILMS over each and every time a new format comes out.