Bad news for home theater enthusiasts

Disney is ending all DVD and Blu Ray releases down under for Australia and New Zealand which may be a harbinger of what can eventually happen to the rest of the world. Their last release will be Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. From now on it's streaming only for them.

It's a good read for those with a big investment in physical media as streaming still can't match the quality and the big players just don't care as there'll be one less product to make.

Are we going to see a run on blu ray players with prices going through the roof again like we did when OPPO decided to call it quits? My OPPO BDP-103 is old and the mid level Panasonic DP-UB820-K is starting to look a bit desirable right now. 

All the best,


Netflix ends their disc service this September as well.
For me the Blu-Ray discs sound and picture quality just seems much better than streaming.  Gonna miss Blu-Ray discs.

Also: studios don’t like paying residuals to actors, directors or union health funds either, streaming helps them out with that.

Your network is the key. I have had gigabit networks for over 6 years and 4 of them were fiber. Fiber is the ultimate because it’s fiber which is much less noisy which you can see and hear in streaming, lowest latencies, and ultra low jitter.

Also, not all Blu-ray players are the same. Anybody can pick up a used blu-ray for $10, but those units are pretty bad compared to day the Oppo or other quality players

@jkeitel  It's all about greed. When Warner Bros was taken over, again, my sister was among the ones who were forced out to make way for people who have no idea how to run a studio, let alone make movies, and streaming is their way of recouping their investment. 

@p05129 Totally agree but don't let jasonbourne71 hear that.

All the best,