[QUOTE=Ibex;2773089]As a commercial format it will certainly fail. If it doesn’t die a natural death then the film companies will kill it off themselves.
Nobody wants to sell material for a one-time payment any more. Instead they all want to switch to a subscription model and receive a continuous income without having to develop any new products or innovate.
It’s just money for old rope, but paid for again & again automatically every month/year forever.
But as a general purpose storage medium, Buy-ray must have a future. There is nothing out there to replace optical discs.[/QUOTE]
While it is a little sidetracked, this is exactly why the consumers should say no. The power really is with the consumers and personally, I have no subscriptions at all and warn people against programs and anything else you can subscribe to out here as it will kill your budget over time. I spend my money on software and other things I can buy and supporting freeware developers.
What will happen as far as I can see is that while this is a lucrative business for now, more and more companies joins in this race for a piece of the pie until Jane and John simply can’t afford it anymore.
One example is Netflix which is about $10 a month. Here I am about the worst example possible as I simply can not find movies enough in a year I want to see totaling $120. Then we got Spotify at the same price or whatever, but even though being a far better example here, I rather spend my money on physical media where I actually own something instead of forking out money for nothing.
Now the 4k-shit is absolutely out of the question from the start for requiring a internet-connection to fully enjoy the contents, heck I don’t even buy programs that require an internet connection to work unless they are internet-related applications (and even then I block them from phoning home). One German company switched to such a scheme and lost me as a customer. The last version I am entitled to is installed and properly cracked to not require the connection - it IS my bandwidth!
These days I contact support/sales prior to any purchase to avoid having to crack a legally purchased product. I accept a one-time server based validation of the license, but after that it is restricted to my LAN.