I certainly doubt that content on demand services will ever be the death of standalone media, and it certainly won't happen in the immediate future Companies may push for obsolesence of content delivered on portable media because it would allow them to control their content easier (pay per view / Etc ) and ensure that the majority of users pay for the content. However, the plan is unfeasible in the near future because a) Many countries don't have the broadband infrastructure required. Eg Australia which is still running on 56k dialup due to anti-competitive standover tactics (no fingers pointing @ Telstra) b) Current standalone devices do not have the option to be connected to broadband for content delivery and the companies that are delivering content would almost immediately alienate their customers, and hence their profits. c) Pirates can still use the Pay per view, circumvent protection and distribute it on standalone media regardless. d) Users would currently still prefer to have a copy which they own unlimited viewing rights, in their hands There is however no reason for them to not push the market towards this model by offering cheap prices and then when there is no other option, increase the prices to ensure a very profitable monopoly. At any rate, the movie industry already has a similar system in place. People pay thru the nose to watch it at cinemas, then pay thru the nose again to get a copy on DVD. And they still have piracy issues - Bootlegs anyone?