|Physical Media Will Stay Dominant Until at Least 2015 Says Study|
|Home Theater News Blu-ray Software News|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Thursday, 07 April 2011|
The convenience to the customer and low cost to the distributor make digitally distributed video a no-brainer. The big question though, is how far away is that future. The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) did a study to help answer that question and found that while Netflix and Hulu may have a lot of watchers, they're not going to replace DVD and Blu-ray for at least another four years.
One of the biggest reasons is the lack of reliable broadband throughout the country, especially now that 3D is gaining popularity. A 3D movie would require twice as much bandwidth after all, and not everyone can support that. The other big consideration is kiosk services like Redbox. By bringing the price of a DVD rental down to $1.00 a night, they irked the studios, but are doing a lot to help keep physical media relevant.
(via Home Media Magazine)