Vinyl. Cassette tapes. Floppy disks. VHS tapes. CDs. DVDs. All technology will eventually be replaced by something new. Something better. And now it looks like Blu-ray may be joining its predecessors.
While no official cause was given, I think most people can deduce why Samsung, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers, decided to stop selling Blu-ray players in the US - streaming.
It's something I touched on just a few days ago, when I asked if having too many streaming services was a bad thing. While your answer may vary depending on which part of the world you live in, it seems like it is a bad thing for the Blu-ray industry. Between streaming services like Netflix which has almost 150 million subscribers worldwide and gaming consoles which can double up as Blu-ray players as well, how many people around the world are actually buying dedicated Blu-ray players? I can't imagine the numbers are promising, which is probably why Samsung made this decision.
The Digital Entertainment Group noted that 2.3 million 4K Blu-ray devices sold in US during the first nine months of 2018, but those included game consoles that might never play a disc-based movie.
Do you still buy physical media, like movies on Blu-ray or music albums? Or are you like me, 100% streaming or digital downloads all the way? Do you think the era of physical media is over?