The other reason for this is that currently - apart from on my computer - I don't own a Blu-ray player. That's right, I never bought a Playstation3 and never jumped on the bandwagon following that. DVDs have just always been adequate for me.
What about the future?
Some people, like my brother, think that hardware will be removed from the equation and movies will be either downloaded or streamed directly from the Internet.
|Panasonic's Internet Enabled Television|
Downloading media has been popularised in the gaming sector already with all the major players (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple) all offering downloadable games for their respective consoles. Unfortunately, because of the limitations on download size and storage, these games - while often being very clever and quirky -are often shortened versions of a much better game. This demonstrates what could happen in the movie market with the new Internet-enabled televisions.
As for streaming movies, this has one huge benefit - space saving. Movies do not need to be downloaded and this will save the consumer memory for arguably more important information such as family photographs and personal videos. Again though, this can come with its negatives as if the Internet connection is cut mid-film then this can leave the consumer watching a film with an unintended cliff hanger.
What other solutions are there?
|Next-next generation HVD alongside a current generation DVD|
Many distributors are now offering consumers the chance to buy a "Triple Pack" which includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and a downloadable version. As well as giving their customers a chance to future-proof themselves - for example, if they don't have a Blu-ray player yet - it also gives them a chance to test how popular movie downloading is becoming by logging each download.
Again however, all this mention of Blu-ray is still just current technology. Luckily however, there is a new type of disc which has had its standards set for a couple of years - Holographic Versatile Disc, or HVD. While this may sound impressive, there will be no Star Wars-esque holographic scenes just yet - HVD just describes how the disc is read by a special type of light.
While no manufacturers have yet to actually create a HVD player for the commercial market, it is still being touted as the next generation of discs because of the sheer quantity of data that it can hold. At 20 times the size of a Blu-ray disc, HVDs have a huge capacity advantage over the current "next-generation". In fact, it would take just six HVDs to hold the entire US Library of Congress in text format and it would take just two to picture every landmass on earth, similarly to Google Earth.
Unfortunately, technology like this comes at a price. It was estimated at the end of 2006 that an HVD may cost up to $160 (£100) and the player could be up to 100 times that. That said, it wasn't long ago that we were all using tape recorders and many manufacturers hope to break into HVD format by 2019.
|Waiting for Saw 29 to download|
As for deciding between whether we will all be drones sitting at a computer waiting for a movie to download, or whether we will be jumping in our electric cars to pick up Saw 29 on HVD, it remains to be seen. My betting is that it all comes down to the direction of the popular gaming market which saw Blu-ray snatch victory from HD-DVD four years ago.