It just seems strange that I can have a library of mp3 music files (or really, any format I want), all legally purchased, all playable by different devices made by different companies, all accessible from one centralized easy-access point, and I don’t have that variety and convenience with quality, available to me in movies in the same manner. At any price. I can’t believe that I’m the only consumer that’s looking for this kind of a product. You can buy some movies that are packaged with all three formats (DVD, Bluray, and ‘digital copy’), but I don’t relish the thought of having to waste my time ripping from a disc when I could just set my computer to download a file. Especially since the digital copy DRM only lets me play it on one computer. Let alone the problem of even more discs and cases taking up space on my shelf.
I’ve got a 1080p LED-LCD TV and a bluray player. I love the resolution and sound I get from the bluray format. Why aren’t there bluray-quality movie files out there for purchase? What’s the bottleneck? What’s the hold up? Technology not there yet? Lack of consumer demand? Corporate cluelessness? Industry ignorance? Maybe the internet providers are afraid of the bandwidth that would be used by people trying to download the large files that this would require? Seems like it would ultimately reduce the load from all of the streaming video sites - maybe Netflix, Blockbuster, and Hulu are afraid it’ll put them out of business? The level of bandwidth available to most people doesn’t really allow for that kind of quality in streaming, though.
The FilmFresh website’s downloads use the DivX format. The format seems to be the answer to the movie industry’s piracy concerns, and it looks marginally easy to work with, from the consumers’ end. Not optimal, but a step in the right direction. Is it possible that maybe the format is limiting the file size and thus the resolution and sound quality are limited?