Blu-Ray may be the shortest lived, most irrelevant format ever
This week's java.net poll asks the question "What was the most important Java news of 2008?" One of the optional answers is "Blu-Ray wins format war." That's a reasonable option I suppose. Tthe Java community should definitely be happy that Java plays a role in the Blu-Ray technology space by being in many or most (all?) of the players. However, that important news may have a very, very short shelf life. I'm not so positive that Blu-Ray will even be around in another couple years. Maybe Blu-Ray technology is utterly irrelevant, and maybe Java's role there is irrelevant too.
I think the pay-per-view business model is getting stronger, not weaker. In a world in which content resides out there in the internet cloud and just streams to me on demand, why do I want or need Blu-Ray? Blu-Ray is a storage/representation format right? OK, but why do I as a consumer need to care. I don't really care what format "The Matrix" is in when it streams across to play on my High Def screen or monitor. I just want it to be sharp, crisp...and preferably not on any physical media that gets scratched or lost around my home..
Google, Yahoo and others ALREADY host a lot of my content, including email, to-do lists, calendars, etc. Other companies DISH or DirectTV or NetFlix offer me movies on-demand over the internet. Should I care about Blu-Ray? I don't know. Do NetFlix and other online content providers use Blu-Ray to store the movies that I buy (or rent)? Seems irrelevant to me for the most part.
I see a day -- not too far away -- in which I won't have my shelf of music CDs, movie DVDs, or even movie Blu-Ray discs. I already rip my music and store it on a local server. I'm only one step away from storing it on someone else's server, accessible to me anywhere on the internet. Music is sooo close to that point now...there's almost no reason to keep a CD anymore. And therefore there's almost no reason to have a CD player. In the same way, I might never need a Blu-Ray player because I'll never have Blu-Ray media...
I'm just speculating here, but maybe Blu-Ray is just an excellent technology that's just a little too late. I'm looking for ways to move all my content elsewhere, accessible to me from anywhere. How does Blu-Ray help in this situation?