I made this same point over a year ago. The same segment of the market that Blu-Ray is targeted at is also predisposed to online downloads insofar as technical capability (broadband) and willingness. If Netflix can ship over 1 billion DVDs, they can surely drive a boatload of downloads.
But more on point is that cable and satellite have reached saturation, so the only way they grow is increase customer value through additional services, which video-on-demand is the holy grail.
Blu-ray won’t enjoy the same decade-long dominance DVD did after it succeeded VHS. But that’s not because there will be other challenger physical disc formats. Rather, instead of buying discs from Amazon, Best Buy or Wal-Mart, people will begin getting their entertainment in the form of digital downloads in larger volumes.
[From Digital downloads will be Blu-ray’s downfall | Tech news blog – CNET News.com]
This story in the WSJ about the Cuban government reintroducing golf to Cuba after Castro had the game effectively banned in the isolated country made me think about right of return rights. The Cuban dictatorship is guilty of stealing untold amount of property over it’s reign, do you think human rights activists around the world will clamor for right of return rights as a means of reconciling the many wrongs of Castro? I’m not holding my breath.
On a related note, Zimbabwe’s head thug Mugabe just announced that he wishes to extend his 28 year track record of decline and desperation for another term. I guess 100,000% and 80% unemployment aren’t enough for him.
“These guys don’t even think in Cuban,” Mr. Castro said in a 1960 speech, mocking members of the Havana Biltmore Yacht & Country Club. He confiscated the manicured grounds and turned them into a workers’ resort.
[From Hooking Left: Cuba Tees Up Golf’s Revival – WSJ.com]