ermylaw wrote:The most compelling argument for physical media at present, for me anyway, is that the streaming services shuffle content around so you're not guaranteed to always have access to any given film.
That's also why I cling so much to physical media : as long as the disc doesn't rot and I have a working player, nobody can take away the movie from me.
ermylaw wrote:At any rate, the problem of not being able to watch the film one likes when one wants to watch it is not necessarily solved by having a collection of movies. That only solves the problem if you happen to own the movie you want to watch. It seems like for most people streaming is going win that sort of competition more often than a physical collection.
I think the multiplicity of streaming platforms only made visible the commercial contracts between the rightholders and the distributor that people were taking for granted with physical media. With physical, you'd go online and buy the damn movie and be done with it. You can find it on Amazon, B&N, Best Buy etc (except a handful of retailer exclusives). But streaming platforms are way more tied to their contractual licences, and that's something the general audience never had to care for in the past, so it probably doesn't understand why this movie is on Netflix but not Hulu, or nowhere at all.
I believe that, as a whole, people expect(ed) each streaming platforms to have litterally everything, like a gigantic dematerialed video encyclopaedia, and the boom of the audience for these platforms having seemingly created a market for them to multiply certainly won't help this from never happening.
It's all the more visible when looking at how older movies are treated (ie absent) on these platforms.