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Submitted by Johnnyzee99 444d ago | opinion piece

The Man Cave Cinema: Is Blu Ray Dying?

The Man Cave Cinema: With the popularity of video streaming apps that can display HD quality video and Dolby Digital Plus sound, are people still buying Blu Ray's? (Blu-Ray Player, Industry, Video)

gamernova  +   444d ago
Lmao! Blu ray has barely started.
mushroomwig  +   444d ago
In other news, gamernova appears to be stuck in the year 2005.
CraigandDayDay  +   444d ago
Blu Ray still has many advantages over streaming. It doesn't eat up any network data, for one. Two, the picture and sound are much higher quality on Blu Ray. Not only that, but you cannot let anyone borrow your digital copies if movies. I'm still a firm believer of buying physical copies of my movies. They are MINE when I buy a Blu ray copy. You're at the mercy of the content providers when you buy digital or stream movies from Netflix or Amazon Instant Video, etc.

I have a nice home theater (Yamaha) setup that supports DTS HD MA and Dolby True HD and with Blu Ray's lossless audio codecs like these, I get a much more rich sounding experience. You can most definitely tell the difference between Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 versus their HD audio counterparts (DTS HD & True HD). Plus, the video bit rates are higher on Blu Ray versus streaming. Streaming HD and HD via Satellite or Cable TV is highly compressed, thus it's very lossy in both its audio and video.

Blu Ray has awhile to go before it dies.
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gamernova  +   444d ago
A quad layered blu ray can hold 150 gigs of data. If you would try to stream anywhere near that your data would be throttled. Blu-ray is necessary when accessing even HD even Ultra HD content. You just cannot see beyond the capabilities of streaming. Streaming can catch up after they perfect the codecs but currently blu ray provides a great solution for those seeking the best image.
Anarki  +   444d ago
Goodluck streaming 4k resolution movies.
nukeitall  +   444d ago
Yup, BR is dying as consumers are moving more and more to streaming. The advantages:

* access to the best quality streams (your blu-ray is stuck at 1080p)

* access entire library anywhere

Those two conveniences alone will kill blu-ray as internet adoption accelerates
ChrisW  +   444d ago
In America, it seems silly to try and stream Blu Ray quality movies. But in countries like Japan and Korea, where they have 100MB/s or more connections, it's not so silly. Heck, at those speeds you can easily stream HD 3D movies, which can easily be about 10GBs.

Once America catches up to those high speed standards... Well... Actually it's more of a matter of if than when...
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Sarcasm  +   443d ago
What's probably going to kill STREAMING HD is data caps. Although different in various cities, my local Comcast is limited to a measly 250GB a month. That might sound a lot to some, but with Netflix going, multiplayer gaming, downloading some steam games (Max Payne 3 is 30 frickin GB), downloading various other things. I've found myself hitting that cap a bit too easily.

So no, Blu-Ray will have a place to stay also for the reasons others have already mentioned.
Axecution  +   444d ago
I think my problem is the price of 3D movies.

Hate on 3D all you want but the reason it's not taking off is that, if i walk into Best Buy to buy one, it costs 40-50 dollars for one movie...

Same with new-release movies. I mean they fairly quickly drop to 10 dollars or so, but they launch at like 30. Why would i spend 30 dollars to watch a new release movie lol screw off. ...but then i netflix it and then dont buy it when it's 10 dollars cause ive already seen it lol.

idk kind of an unavoidable problem but still annoying lmao. Maybe if new releases launched at like 10 bucks i'd buy a lot more.
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Daver  +   444d ago
Im still buying blu rays...
babis1974  +   444d ago
blu-ray is the future of hd
aviator189  +   444d ago
Am I the only one still buying DVDs here?
konnerbllb  +   444d ago
Yes
aviator189  +   444d ago
...oh well.
I still dig them.
SilentNegotiator  +   444d ago
Since every other Blu-ray you buy seems to come with a DVD copy these days, not technically.
f789790  +   444d ago
Buy online and you'll find the bluray only option for cheaper.
Unztayble  +   444d ago
nope! I still buy DVD's. have never purchased a blu-ray movie, not even used. The only ones I'll consider buying are those blu-ray DVD combo packs.
Dread  +   443d ago
I also like dvd's

and they are much cheaper now.

Also, lots of movies, specially the ones that came before the year 2000 look almost as good in DVD as in blu ray

that said, there are many movies that have to be seen in blue ray, particularly sci-fi

:)
kane_1371  +   444d ago
fail article is fail
Human Analog  +   444d ago
I hate streaming. It NEVER looks as good as a direct fed blu-ray. And they don't sound as good either. I for one will not give up my blu-rays.... Until something better comes along.
level 360  +   444d ago
Wasn't there a news sometime ago that Sony is currently developing a larger capacity ( 1TB ) Blu Ray possibly for the upcoming 4K technology.

Blu Ray won over HD DVD a very long time ago and is still currently the standard format readily available, unlike video streaming although very good.. but only to those countries that have a very good internet speed service connections, also you have to take in internet cap issues.
gamer7804  +   444d ago
streaming hd comes close to blu ray but not quite, but alot of services offer blu ray quality downloads. Some such as terminator2 looks better in vc-1 downloaded from xbox video than the actual blu ray. If you don't want to mess with DRM then blu ray is the way to go though.
PhillipSantanaMusic  +   444d ago
blu rays bit rate vs. streaming is killah! streaming will take over when google gigabit service or whatever their internet is call is in everyones home on the planet before blu ray dies.

its sooo much crispier and the audio streams soo high just like video.
5eriously  +   444d ago
BluRay Dying? IMHO the only thing dying is that last singular leftover brain cell.

BTW I did not click on the link to give you hits just to read read your opinion as the topic title was a dead giveaway that it would be BS spewing of the worst kind.
bunfighterii  +   444d ago
Streaming services are not true HD, they're compressed, and their sound quality is not lossless audio.

For anyone who actually wants to utilise the home cinema gear they paid thousands for, blu ray is the way to go. For the bums who don't know any better, they can stream all they won't.
aGameDeveloper  +   443d ago
I know. How can you rightfully call it a man cave if you are purposefully hindering quality?

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