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Is the world going "Digital"?
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Posted 11/26/12
Recently i have noticed less and less people actually buy dvd's or bluray's and less people use flash drives personally i haven't used either for a while i use streaming sites for my movies and email myself information. Is the world going to go completely digital?
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I surely hope we don't end up going completely digital, due to that personal satisfaction you get when your collection of DVD/Blu-ray builds up to something greater. However unfortunately, it would seem to be the case that the digital platform is taking over. Look at things like Steam, Netflix and even Crunchyroll, all make it easy to watch shows and download games without even having to get up from your chair.
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Posted 11/26/12
There will always be a market for physical goods (Blu-rays etc) until the world develops so that everyone has both a high speed and reliable connection. Even after this is achieved there will still be a (smaller) market for physicals due to collectables and people being able to touch/hold the goods in person.

The world is moving to a mainly digital lifestyle, however I don't see physical goods disappearing at least in our lifetime.
One major issue with relying on streaming sites and even services such as iTunes is you don't have any ownership of the product. If the site/company dies, then so does your media.
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Posted 11/26/12
yes it is sir, read fahrenheit 451 by ray bradbury the world will become this...anyways blu-ray quality can't be streamed sry to break the news bud that quality is god-like it surpasses 1080p its not 1080p ...you can't stream that quality anyways sooo that will never be streamed due to profits and bandwidth issues.
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Posted 11/26/12
There are a bunch of rumors about future game consoles not using any physical media, but only time will tell.
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Posted 11/26/12
This question shouldn't be asked in my opinion, when it's clearly obvious society is.
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Posted 11/26/12

Stryker-X wrote:

yes it is sir, read fahrenheit 451 by ray bradbury the world will become this...anyways blu-ray quality can't be streamed sry to break the news bud that quality is god-like it surpasses 1080p its not 1080p ...you can't stream that quality anyways sooo that will never be streamed due to profits and bandwidth issues.


Actually i was just about to read that book for literature class lol what a coincidence and actually we can already stream resolutions up to 2560x1600 on youtube i even think theres some 4k footage so yeah
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Posted 11/26/12

mystic17 wrote:

This question shouldn't be asked in my opinion, when it's clearly obvious society is.


Society sometimes retracts on itself, true story
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Posted 11/26/12 , edited 11/26/12
The Universe is already a digital and analog creation. We are living in a hologram.
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Posted 11/26/12 , edited 11/26/12

Stryker-X wrote:

yes it is sir, read fahrenheit 451 by ray bradbury the world will become this...anyways blu-ray quality can't be streamed sry to break the news bud that quality is god-like it surpasses 1080p its not 1080p ...you can't stream that quality anyways sooo that will never be streamed due to profits and bandwidth issues.


Blu-ray has a max bit-rate of 40Mbps.
My home broadband is 60Mbps and could be upgraded to 120Mbps for a fairly reasonable price. I can stream BR media perfectly.

The cost of bandwidth to stream a full BR disc of data (25GB, realistically this would be less) starts at $3 on Amazon EC2 on it's most expensive tier, and would drop to $1.75 for a medium sized provider (4000 full BR streams a month). This price is reasonable for rental service on a Pay Per View model.

In short, this is not only already possible but it is also practical for some business models.

Edit: As UHDTV was mentioned, UHDTV 4k has been compressed to a 250 Mbs format.
There are already quite a few Countries/Cities where this is already available. The main issue obviously being the lack of UHDTV capable displays and the current cost of bandwidth making it unsuitable for video streaming services such as YouTube. This is one area broadcast TV has an advantage as they only have to send the signal once. While it is while away from being common, we managed to use it quite nicely in the 2012 Olympics :D.
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Posted 11/26/12
Serial Experiment Lain, the documentary.
Posted 11/26/12
You can download whatever media you like. Price payed for it or no.
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I don't get any satisfaction at all from owning physical media anymore. It just seems cheap and worthless, and a waste of space. The exception being books, but even now that I have an ebook reader with one month+ battery life I find myself valuing some of them less. I guess when everything is free nothing has value.
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Posted 11/26/12
I would actually hate if things go all digital
it just wouldn't be the same old analog life anymore

and yeah Veyf makes a good point a few posts up, I've heard for quite some time that the problem with digital as opposed to physical products is that you don't technically own it and that it can be taken back from you whenever they decide to even if you have paid for it
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Posted 11/26/12
I think we are in the path to making everything that "can" be digital, and for a good reason too, sure its awesome to have those DVD's on a row on your favorite shelf to brag to your friends, but I think its probably better to get it into a computer or at least a hard disk because of the fact that it takes less space and it and doesn't break at all (unless you stupidly delete it -.- but that's why we have systems like Itunes or Steam (for games) It makes sure that if you delete it, you have always the chance to get it back at one point, which is great)

+ If everything goes digital will make it easier to get more anime/movies/games... You know why -.-? It takes hell of a lot money to get those copies around the world and printing them in millions -.- It would make it possible for all of us anime/movie/games/etc lovers happy, because then there would be a possibility for LOTS of more content out there than there is today.

I like to have some DVD's or even some books for that matter, but I think it's better for the long run.
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