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,


@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,

Well living in a rural area how is streaming on High Speed DSL going to work out ??

@nonoise is this where you say there are so many boxes involved in cable and that is why it worse quality again?


And you are still wrong, the absolute best home cinema quality is achieved with streaming, Kaleidescape, way higher bandwidth than a 4K UHD Blu-ray. 

I’m going to start stocking up on VHS myself - my analog retirement plan. See cassettes. 

@fredrik222 can't be more correct. Kaleidescape is the only way to go when watching movies. 10x streaming's bandwidth. You haven't heard your sound system until you have tried one as your source. Picture is pristine. Both better than Blu Ray. Find your local dealer - they have a demo that they can drop off at your home for you to try out for a couple of days.