Online movie streaming will overtake DVD sales this year in U.S.

By Rick · 13 replies
Mar 23, 2012
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  1. For the first time ever, more films will be watched online (legally) than purchased in the United States, according to IHS Screen Digest. The analytics firm estimates that Americans will watch 3.4…

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  2. Hopefully streaming services start streaming with decent bitrates soon.
  3. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Hopefully streaming services start streaming new movies soon.
  4. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    for the love of god.. give us surround sound for streaming already!!!

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Wouldn't that mean bad news for movie theaters?
  6. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Why would movie theaters be worried about something they're not airing?

    I mean I want to watch movies that have been out on DVD already. Preferably without having to wait a year or more until it finally shows up online, if ever.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Oh that makes sense. I was just mislead by "start streaming new movies soon"
  8. anguis

    anguis TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    There is a gap between when the theatres stop showing a movie, and when it is released on DVD. It can't be watched or purchased or anything in that time - besides being pirated.

    I'm still waiting for live HD sports to come alive online....until then I must keep my cable TV (as unfortunate as that is).
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I have netflix and will still download the same movie they offer off of the pirate bay because the quality sucks.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Redbox......for fast, fast, relief from all this contention.
  11. I agree. Until streaming services and Internet bandwidth support the resolutions and audio fidelity of DVD and Blu-ray discs, the streaming will only be for the convenience.

    Most home theaters (most that I know of) have 5.1 surround and HD LCD TVs. Until I can watch a movie online in true HD 1920x1080 and uncompressed PCM or DTS surround, I will be renting or buying DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
  12. you want a difference then come to Canada only two streaming services and its way slow and way behind in movie selection
    apple seems to be now streaming in Canada on a limited amount that's if you buy the box without the box its only Netflix
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I wonder if the increase in the price of Blu Ray and Dvd's had an effect on this.

    Unless you don't have access to one then you're stuck. With all of the blockbusters gone in Canada and Rogers Video stores in short supply renting a movie has become next to impossible.
  14. Can't stream in New Zealand. The ISPs see to that when think 2GB per month is "normal" broadband usage and 20Gb per month is "heavy user". Sucks!

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