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,


Stinks that physical media will fade away.  When I’ve done a/b comparisons a Blu-ray wins verses streaming but makes sense, the physical discs can hold a lot more data.  Not all streaming services are created equal, Apple TV tends to deliver the best picture sound, Disney Plus also was an early leader.  I’m sure streaming will evolve, hopefully it will.  I will say streaming a movies today that’s Dolby atmos is a step up from where it was several years ago but most services subscribe to the MP3 philosophy, achieving a certain level of information when it comes to soundtracks in movies is good enough, the incremental improvements after that aren’t noticed, Netflix follows this philosophy along with others.  These threads are great as you always learn about new products, I am going to look into the Kaleidescape, didn’t realize there was anything available that upped the ante on what’s possible streaming when it comes to movies.  

... file transfer over the internet will be able to exceed the quality of physical media ... the technology and infrastructure is already there and capable.

No, the infrastructure is not "already there." Not even close, especially in the US.

Why you think physical media is inherently inferior to streaming?

Over the years, my wife and I have collected over a thousand DVD’s and Bluerays and we hardly ever watch any of them. I listen to music a couple of hours a day and maybe watch tv an hour or two a night. We thought that with retirement, we watch more movies, but it hasn’t worked that way.


Ah, I see the resident crank is here to ply his craft. I said physical medium is better than streaming. You come back with another form of physical medium I never brought up (in a way agreeing with me) and then calling me out on it for not mentioning that particular one.

A player that costs $4K without any internal storage and requires servers that run from $5K - $31.4K depending how they're bundled. Get real. 

Rather lame but quite on point for someone who stalks these threads with a grudge  spoiling for a fight. Get a life as well.

All the best,

Streaming quality sucks and there's no excuse for it.

No one has any clue if it's gonna get better anytime soon