As there are more and more high-definition movies being streamed from the internet by media-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to their 25 million subscribers, the question is how it will affect the popularity of Blu-Ray digital video discs. How will high-definition Blu-Ray movies score against those being streamed to millions of living rooms?
Blu-Ray formatted movies have an edge over older video formats and it is unlikely that they will go away anytime soon. The reason for this is that millions of videophiles still prefer high-quality video and the state-of-the-art features that Blu-Ray players and disc provide.
Even the best services like Netflix that boasts high-definition transmission actually stream at only 1 mbps, up to 10 mbps at best, and viewed with hdmi cable for advanced use. That is roughly the equivalent of a standard DVD video playing at around 4 to 8 mbps.
On the other hand, a Blu-Ray disc can crank pixel resolutions up to 36 mbps, with image texture so clear that you can almost count the few strands of hair on Gollum’s scalp in Lord of the Rings.
Like DVD’s that have tremendously dropped in sales, Blu-Ray formatted movies are not expected to last forever. Streamed movies will eventually overtake Blu-Ray video discs when 100-mbps internet access becomes a reality.