dummy
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March 10th, 2015 at 4:52:16 PM permalink
Just stopped in a Game Boy shop to have a CD resurfaced. Family owned and was chatting with son. Mentioned that latest Honda has no CD player, just a plug- in station for mp3, Ipad, ore some other new stuff.
He is concerned with Virtual Reality head set, goggles, whatever that stuff is. He takes trade in on used games, resells used, lots of profit when gets pre-orders on new games.

But he is concerned Virtual Reality might just be downstreaming. Bye, bye Game Boy store.

I hauled my VHS tape duplicating machines to the dump last year. Bye Bye bootlegging.
Gandler
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March 10th, 2015 at 6:41:13 PM permalink
Yes I think so.

I can't remember the last time I have bought a CD or DVD or BLURAY Disc. Its been over a year, and even then was just a single DVD on sale I sporadically bought on a whim. All media (video games, ebooks, movies, music) that I purchase, I do so via direct download. My newest laptop did not come with a CD/DVD/BLURAY drive.

Its actually a good trend in the long run. Yes, stores might suffer initially, but they will evolve into providing other items for sale to make up for it. But when all media sold becomes digital only, there will be no more endless amounts of packaging, manuals, etc... Saves the consumer money, saves the environment, no shipping involved.

I am a pretty big video gamer, I think VR may be briefly a fad, but I don't think it will catch on. It certainly won't for me. Having screens right on my eye gives me a headache and makes me feel constricted (I hate stuff on my head, I never wear hats). I would much rather sit at my gaming PC. I know a lot of gamers (most of my friends are huge nerds like me) and I can't picture any of us getting into VR games. Maybe one day when it becomes totally seamless (many decades down the line), but the next few generations of VR over the coming years will not put a major effect into the standard gaming market.


I don't support bootlegging in the slightest. But if you want to acquire illegal movies there are endless easy ways to do so online for free. Technology makes everything easier (including illegal activities). I don't support pirating copywrited content on principal. But the days of copying rented VHSs are long gone (and have been for quite some time) and if you really want to steal movies it can be done far easier and faster online ...
AxelWolf
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March 10th, 2015 at 7:09:43 PM permalink
Quote: Gandler

Yes I think so.

I can't remember the last time I have bought a CD or DVD or BLURAY Disc. Its been over a year, and even then was just a single DVD on sale I sporadically bought on a whim. All media (video games, ebooks, movies, music) that I purchase, I do so via direct download. My newest laptop did not come with a CD/DVD/BLURAY drive.

Its actually a good trend in the long run. Yes, stores might suffer initially, but they will evolve into providing other items for sale to make up for it. But when all media sold becomes digital only, there will be no more endless amounts of packaging, manuals, etc... Saves the consumer money, saves the environment, no shipping involved.

I am a pretty big video gamer, I think VR may be briefly a fad, but I don't think it will catch on. It certainly won't for me. Having screens right on my eye gives me a headache and makes me feel constricted (I hate stuff on my head, I never wear hats). I would much rather sit at my gaming PC. I know a lot of gamers (most of my friends are huge nerds like me) and I can't picture any of us getting into VR games. Maybe one day when it becomes totally seamless (many decades down the line), but the next few generations of VR over the coming years will not put a major effect into the standard gaming market.


I don't support bootlegging in the slightest. But if you want to acquire illegal movies there are endless easy ways to do so online for free. Technology makes everything easier (including illegal activities). I don't support pirating copywrited content on principal. But the days of copying rented VHSs are long gone (and have been for quite some time) and if you really want to steal movies it can be done far easier and faster online ...

I have never bought a BLURAY, I haven't bought a CD in over 8 years.

I have Netflix free and use free hulu and whatever other free services. Many networks offer series for free. Youtube has shows and movies.
I'm wondering if sling TV will be any good and stay inexpensive.
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RS
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March 10th, 2015 at 7:15:11 PM permalink
Many moons ago, on a main cross street where I lived, they started construction. I remember hearing, "In 2006, all of this area is going to be changed, that light will be taken out, the on ramp this way, etc." and just thinking how impossible it seemed that 2006 would come.
EvenBob
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March 10th, 2015 at 7:55:13 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I have never bought a BLURAY, I haven't bought a CD in over 8 years.
.



I'm still using the one I bought in 2002. I
don't even know what a blueray is. I can't
remember when I watched a DVD last, it's
all Netflix and On Demand now.
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Gandler
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March 14th, 2015 at 1:04:03 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I have never bought a BLURAY, I haven't bought a CD in over 8 years.

I have Netflix free and use free hulu and whatever other free services. Many networks offer series for free. Youtube has shows and movies.
I'm wondering if sling TV will be any good and stay inexpensive.



I have just two BluRays (Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket). And, I mostly bought them (I think 4 or 5 years ago) because they are 2 of my favorite movies and I wanted a hardcopy of them.


I agree, I think with the Internet TV is on the way out (at least in the traditional sense) . I won't miss it, I grew up without TV and I still never watch it. I don't have netflix or hulu either, but I can understand the appeal of those kind of services. I am content with the internet.


Quote: EvenBob

I'm still using the one I bought in 2002. I
don't even know what a blueray is. I can't
remember when I watched a DVD last, it's
all Netflix and On Demand now.



Bluray is basically a Disc (same size as a CD/DVD), but it is made in a way that it can hold far more data. So BluRay discs are usually used for High Def movies since they can fit.
PBguy
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March 14th, 2015 at 1:29:03 AM permalink
My buddy just upgraded his car stereo. I put his entire music library onto a 32GB thumbdrive and now he has all his music available at the touch of a button. Definitely the future.
ThatDonGuy
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March 14th, 2015 at 8:56:56 AM permalink
I agree. I have two video cameras - one I bought in the late 1980s that used tapes, and one I bought three years ago that uses SDHC cards and a built-in SSD drive. I also have a DVD recorder, but the only thing it is useful for now is to record programs from my satellite radio.

As for movies/TV, I don't think it will move to an entirely online market ("who needs to buy 'the complete I Love Lucy' on DVD if every episode is available on HuluNetflixAmazon?"), but discs are going to be replaced, either by something like an SDHC or by plugging your 1TB iPhone into a USB (oh, wait, this is Apple we're talking about - USB-C) port on your TV.
Gandler
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March 14th, 2015 at 9:54:54 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

I agree. I have two video cameras - one I bought in the late 1980s that used tapes, and one I bought three years ago that uses SDHC cards and a built-in SSD drive. I also have a DVD recorder, but the only thing it is useful for now is to record programs from my satellite radio.

As for movies/TV, I don't think it will move to an entirely online market ("who needs to buy 'the complete I Love Lucy' on DVD if every episode is available on HuluNetflixAmazon?"), but discs are going to be replaced, either by something like an SDHC or by plugging your 1TB iPhone into a USB (oh, wait, this is Apple we're talking about - USB-C) port on your TV.




No, Apple will keep their phones at 16gigs, and then charge you 2.99 per gig of cloud storage. And make it impossible for any external storage devices....
Dieter
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March 14th, 2015 at 10:10:20 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

discs are going to be replaced, either by something like an SDHC or by plugging your 1TB



DRM'd digital files (especially if they need validation from a network server) are not a viable replacement for media.

There are a few cases where it makes sense to have something that just works, without having to phone home, and without having to stream from the cloud.

The biggest I can think of is children's movies - I absolutely do not want to explain to the 4 year old why she can't watch Princess Sparklefeather right now. I want to put the disc in the player and her to shut up*.

Similar cases for ships at sea, anyone without a fat-pipe internet (me, most of the time), and anyone who wants entertainment options available in case the fat-pipe gets backhoed.

A 32gb tablet is a decent start, but it can only hold a finite amount of video - maybe 16 HD movies, or 50 SD movies, along with the other stuff (apps, etc). If you want more than that or a bigger screen, using a different storage medium is a good idea.

I have nothing against streaming digital content, but a lot of people seem to forget that if that's their option for entertainment, it breaks when any part of the system doesn't work.



*I mean be thoroughly engaged by the stimulating and educational age-appropriate content, of course.
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