Does anyone have any positive feedback about the process of "Converting Conversions"? That is, taking a file, converting it to one format, and then converting that conversion to another format?
Has anyone ever had a completely positive, 100% perfect experience with that?
I've always detected a lessening-of-quality.
I bring this up because the BluRay will be replaced with some successor. BD2, we can call it. Sony & Co will probably still try to embed - or at least license (ie, make money from) - a Cinavia-compliant player. "Sure, we'll sell you the license to embed this so old BluRay Discs with Cinavia can be played, just like 1999 CDs can still be played."
What about BD3, though? The successor-to-the-BD Successor?
By installing filters, DRMs, Cinavia and whatever other crap these companies license (and PAY to license), each generation of media (downloaded, streamed, whatever) will always be converted and re-converted and re-re-converted.
Maybe one of the big future industries will be Janitorial Services. Er, I mean, "re-mastering". Cleaning off the crap, swabbing the decks, shining the brass, getting the original media to sparkle and shine 'like new'. They'll call it remastering. But it's still janitorial. And all of these Crap Embeds will need to be cleaned out at some point.
A lot of money is being spent to embed this crap in this stuff. A lot more will be spent cleaning it out. Something tells me "Sony Janitorial Services" has a long, LONG life.
I wish the Artists & Rightsholders would figure out that, in a world of dwindling profits (well, according to Warehouses and Distributors), all of these paying-of-licenses dismember profits even more. "Just stop with all the crap and give folks a good product for a better price!"
A LOT of artists made huge fortunes off of albums that cost $3.98
Of course, tens of thousands of millionaires made their fortunes when petrol was 23.9 a gallon, too.