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,


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,

@nonoise Sorry to hear the WB merger cost your sister her job.

Sadly it’s not about art or people or quality, just money..

@jkeitel Thanks for that. My sister had over 28 years there and when they took over, practically all of Warner Bros collective talent over all those decades were given the axe. From top to bottom they just slaughtered the industry and ruined a community that thrived for generations. 

The guy who took over (I forget his name) said he dreamed for a long time of destroying the business model. I could never get my head around why they'd hire a psychopath like that and a year or so later he was kicked out for his crummy, money losing decisions with a big fat payday. Oh well, my sister was planning on retiring but it came a bit earlier than she wanted. Take care.

All the best,