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Streaming vs physical media

2015-05-29 13:29:56.866505+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

A while back, I think Jacob Bayless spurred me into looking into the energy costs of playing streaming video vs shipping a DVD around. I think at the time, after reading various studies and looking at various transmission costs, we'd decided that the balance had tipped and streaming was winning. Netflix is claiming that streaming is solidly winning. But Netflix is also using 1/3 of all Internet traffic, reportedly, so they would say that. http://www.wired.com/2015/05/n...aming-greener-reading-breathing/

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#Comment Re: Streaming vs physical media made: 2015-05-30 11:07:09.986077+00 by: DaveP

But if you watch your movies more than once, does shipping the plastic around win again because you'd have to stream twice? I'm still solidly in the shiny circles camp, but I tend to watch things multiple times.

#Comment Re: Streaming vs physical media made: 2015-05-31 23:35:44.939644+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, given my struggles with Amazon's DRM, I think spinny plastic is the way to go.

#Comment Re: Streaming vs physical media made: 2015-06-01 09:49:35.946294+00 by: DaveP

The other thing I find is that if I'm not in a hurry, buying the DVD version of a movie will frequently end up being cheaper than streaming it. Just have to wait for them to realize they've got a warehouse full of shiny coasters that aren't moving and down comes the price.