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Re: Move over Google Chromecast, there is something cheaper

Actually with Amazon Prime and Netflix, they stream many titles with 5.1 and at 720P. I agree though, I still purchase BD's for movies we like a lot.

You have to remember, as tripplej suggests, that most consumers are fine with it. The younger generation mostly streams through their smart phones and pads and use headphones - so they don't care about surround and as far as HD - well, 480p looks great on something that's just 9" diagonally...

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I wonder how much this is going to affect the new 4K move?
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all these streaming devices are absolutely ruining the viewer experience. no 5.1 , no lfe, 2.0, lame 480P, and everyone 'Loves' it. no idea why they even make blue ray players. watching streaming content IS like watching VHS.
I stream through a Roku box and get 5.1.
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I wonder how much this is going to affect the new 4K move?
I don't think it'll slow it down. IMO I think it will move faster than 3D is.

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I believe for the "average Joe consumer" streaming is simple and cheap while the quality may not be top it is "acceptable". For audiophiles and videophiles, streaming is a step backward in terms of its video and audio capabilities. Unfortunately for the niche that is the folks reading this forum and other similar forums like this one is that we are in the minority who want and desire high quality sound and video.

Unfortunately the manufacturers are catering to "Average Joe consumer" who are in the majority.
totally agree with you there.
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I believe for the "average Joe consumer" streaming is simple and cheap while the quality may not be top it is "acceptable". For audiophiles and videophiles, streaming is a step backward in terms of its video and audio capabilities. Unfortunately for the niche that is the folks reading this forum and other similar forums like this one is that we are in the minority who want and desire high quality sound and video.

Unfortunately the manufacturers are catering to "Average Joe consumer" who are in the majority.
We saw this exact same thing in car audio. MP3s gave the masses a cheap and easy format to get their music. It ended up killing off high end mobile audio.

Streaming video will probably do the same to our hobby. It'll be cheap and easy to stream content and the masses will wonder "why do I need all of this equipment?"

I bought 5 blu rays a week or two ago and two of my friends laughed at me. They wondered why I still buy discs. I guess the beginning of the end is here.

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They wondered why I still buy discs. I guess the beginning of the end is here.
I agree.. It is just a matter of time. For the niche market, high end video/audio will be there but for the "masses", it will be streaming. Afterall, look at netflix, hulu, and all the other streaming apps. It is exploding left and right and the "masses" are happy.
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I didn't spend $1,700 for a great TV to watch 480p pictures on it. I enjoy watching my blu rays a lot. I don't understand why any one would buy a great TV to just stream movies.
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I didn't spend $1,700 for a great TV to watch 480p pictures on it. I enjoy watching my blu rays a lot. I don't understand why any one would buy a great TV to just stream movies.
My thinking also. If I spent a lot for a great TV, why not give it the best possible source.
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I didn't spend $1,700 for a great TV to watch 480p pictures on it. I enjoy watching my blu rays a lot. I don't understand why any one would buy a great TV to just stream movies.
You and me both. But we are part of a niche market that wants excellent audio and excellent video. I am afraid, lot of people just want to settle and get some cheap tv that means their needs.

Streaming satisfies the "masses" so to speak and it satisfies the studio's and other companies that are pushing streaming as a go forward model.
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