Will on Demand Movies Stymie Blu-ray Growth?

VHS sure had it easy. 20 years ago, VHS battled Betamax in a ดูหนังออนไลน์ all contest that created a home video revolution. It was a simpler time then. The only real formats for home viewing were battling each other head to head. VHS won the battle against Sony’s Beta format and the rest is history.

Fast-Forward to the High-Def Revolution. Blu-ray Disc (Sony) battles out HD DVD (Toshiba). Blu-ray Disc triumphs when Toshiba throws in the proverbial towel on February 2008. Now Blu-ray is the clear winner and will go on to international fame and fortune, right? Not so fast.

Blu-ray Disc ran into a number of issues, the first being their pricing. When DVD first started competing with VHS, they had a price point that made a lot of sense. It didn’t take long for the players to get cheap. As for the discs, well, DVDs were just really cool CDs. No problem. Not the case for Blu-ray, however. They’ve faced numerous issues getting hardware down to consumer price points. It doesn’t help that the discs are more expensive to manufacture, driving the average cost of ดูหนังออนไลน์ up about $10 per title.

The newest factor to Blu-ray adoption, however, is yet another option for consumers. Online ดูหนังออนไลน์ downloads are starting to gain momentum just as Blu-ray was starting to get some traction. As recently as last year, it seemed that online downloads wouldn’t be viable for a number of reasons (including licensing issues and quality concerns). Now major sites are starting to invest in the technology and consumers are taking rapid interest.

Take Netflix, for example. They now have over 12,000 titles available to subscribers via their ‘Instant Watch’ catalog. That’s not quite the (over) 100,000 titles in their standard catalog, but it’s a huge leap forward in a short amount of time. Amazon has gotten into the game as well. They now boast a catalog of over 15,000 on demand titles. The Amazon titles are either rented or bought, but in many cases are available on the same date as the DVD release.

With the addition of services such as the Netflix API, applications are starting to form around these services. One service from DVDCorral.com allows users to ดูหนังออนไลน์ from a number of different catalogs. These services are making it easier and easier for consumers to find the media they’re looking for. That removes just one more hurdle that was plaguing online movie watchers a year ago.

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