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...and so it begins!

2 JAN
2012

I remember not too long ago getting into a rather heated online forum discussion on the BluRay vs. streaming debate and getting flamed on my position that streaming was the future and why invest in BluRay. I still maintain that BluRay is a dead end medium so there's no real reason for me to dip my feet into that pool. As far as streaming is concerned, speeds are going to ramp up in the next few years as bandwidths improve. This leaves digital distribution, a la iTunes, which just got rights to distribute the Eve no Jikan Movie. Now, Bandai Entertainment has announced that they are going to stop releasing new BluRay and DvD discs in favor of licensing for digital distribution and broadcast. The press release can be found here on ANN.

This, I believe, is the opening salvo for the major licensors and distributors of anime (and other media) to migrate towards the digital domain in order to protect their investments. FUNimation and others have the infrastructure to follow in Bandai's footsteps, along with avenues like Hulu+, Crunchyroll, and Nico Nico, to eventually eliminate all physical media.

Will this stop fansubbing? Certainly not. There are routine fansubs of shows already translated. What this means is that collectors such as myself will have diminishing opportunities to own my favorite anime in a physical fashion like DvDs. Who cares you say? Well, I do. I like having things I can touch. I collect music on CDs and LPs over MP3s or M4A although sometimes I have to get a digital copy and then burn it to disc. This way, my collection is impervious to digital corruption.

Will digital downloads be available to download and archive in a physical format? I have no answer. Only time will tell. What I do know is that when I find an anime that I like enough to own, I want to own it outright. Is that so much to ask?

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al2551 avatar al2551
Jan 3, 2012

Thanks for the response. I still feel that streaming is the wave of the "future" as the airwaves and ISPs become more responsive to more robust bandwidths. I think that this is the logical choice as more and more content becomes available for streaming. I do agree with you in the respect that there are still issues endemic to streaming i.e. content deletion and buffering problems but those will, I believe, diminish as we draw closer to reliable and secure cloud storage and legal P2P like what Spotify does.

As far as BluRay is concerned, I am DvD all the way so long as I can continue to get DvDs and use upconverting to 1080p DvD players. I don't have a 90 inch flatscreen so I can't tell the difference. LOL.

GoBusto avatar GoBusto
Jan 2, 2012

"What this means is that collectors such as myself will have diminishing opportunities to own my favorite anime in a physical fashion like DvDs. Who cares you say? Well, I do. I like having things I can touch."

I completely agree. I buy DVDs and CDs because the idea of purchasing something that doesn't physically exist (such as an MP3) just seems blody stupid to me. It also means that I have something to display on my shelves.

streaming was the future and why invest in BluRay.

I'd have to disagree on that one - streaming seems like a good idea right up until (A) you run into BUFFERING, PLEASE WAIT FOR A MILLION YEARS LOL or (B) the streamed content becomes unavailable due to it being deleted, the server exploding, or both.

As for Blu-Ray, I'm undecided - DVD is (currently) more widely supported, and the quality increase that Blu-Ray offers isn't something I care about in the context of watching my Chinese Cartoons About Robots And Stuff. We'll see how things go, but, for the moment at least, Blu-Ray = DVDs that won't work on DVD players.

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