Streaming video has been a real boon for many consumers. While some of us miss video stores, none of use really miss the pain of having to drive out to one, pick up a movie, and then drive back. That takes time and gas and, really, all we want to be doing is relaxing and watching our favourite stars.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that streaming (and the cable/satellite equivalent, video on demand) are so popular. When everyone is so busy these days and has so little spare time, anything that gives us a few more free minutes in the day is welcome. If you like new movies, they are usually on streaming only about three months after opening in theatres. Smaller releases sometimes even debut simultaneously on platforms like Netflix.
However, I’m hoping that the disc market holds out for a few more years as that is really where the quality is. Even the best HD streams are heavily compressed. This is necessary to ensure that they can be properly transmitted to homes that do not have upper end internet packages. Trouble is, that compression compromises quality. The bigger your set, the more you will notice.
Newer disc formats like Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray have very high bit rates and that helps to provide a richer, more stable, and more compelling image than you will get from Netflix. If a program is especially visual, like PLANET EARTH II, you really want to see it in the best quality possible.
If you are not a purist and are just happy with a bright and sharp image, then streaming will likely fit the bill for you. It’s hard to argue the convenience and unless you collect movies, there is no need for you to keep a physical copy on-hand. Weigh your priorities and let that guide your decision.