Death of the Media Server?

Tom Martin -- Fri, 06/27/2008 - 08:01

Sony announced yesterday that they plan to have network and wireless capability in 90% over the next 3 years. It has started with the Playstation 3, but this fall it will offer direct-to-TV movie downloads. The movie Hancock will be realeased for direct to TV download before it is released on DVD.

Does this change the nature of the media server? Limit sales?

Syrilion -- Thu, 06/11/2009 - 18:19

I realsie this is an old post, but....
I would suggest not. People are just slow at accepting new technology in my experience. So they go for what they know. Also people like to have a tangible asset - especially when it comes to movies and music. There is nothing like CDs and Bluray Discs as a tangible asset. This is the same reasons why SD cards willnot be the prefered method of HD media distrobution.
So digital media will still need a place to live. The cloud, as it is called will not have enough storage space for mass consumarisation and a home network not connected to the interent is far more secure.
However I agree that in time, digital media will eventually become virtualised - we will download what we want, when we want. and it will most likely be a subscription based service. But I reckon it will take a while for it to become mainstream.

phoenix (not verified) -- Sat, 01/09/2010 - 16:19

  I disagree, if Rhapsody, for example, with its 3 million song base offered a true CD quality monthly subscription, I would be in heaven.  This is the new paradigm people.  Do you really want to lug your 3000 records, your 2000 books and your 1000 movies around with you everytime you move, warehouse them in your living space, and have root around for them or else play archivist just to enjoy them when you can have equal quality available at the touch or a remote, a far vaster catalog, a program which periodically plays for you new stuff you might like based on an analysis of what you currently play, and pay a reasonable monthly subscription for it.  Hell I'll take that deal 365 days a year.

jdmccall56 -- Fri, 09/02/2011 - 23:49

I agree in principle, but when will we see CD quality music subscription services?  Why don't we have it now?  There must be a lot of fear and loathing going on in corporate boardrooms somewhere over this topic.  There would be virtually no reason to buy "content" again. 
But what about re-masterings?  If the version on your subscription-based server sucked, what is their motivation to provide you with the latest "new and improved" remastered version of a favorite album?  They would still only make their monthly subscription from you, so I don't see much gain for the service provider.  Oh sure, long-term they should gain more subscribers if they can boast the best sounding versions of recordings, but you know corporate America these days.  They seldom seem to look past the next quarterly dividend.

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