The economics of hi-def movie and TV show downloads just don’t make sense. I recently saw caught some of the hit show Sons of Anarchy and was hooked. I wanted to go back watch all of season one and thought it was a good opportunity to buy it on-line and download it. The cost per episode on both Amazon and iTunes is $2.99. For the entire seasson, it’s $31.99. On the other hand, you can buy it on blu-ray for also $31.99.
Truth be told, Tech of the Hub is not like the rest of the market. Most folks would be happy buying the standard definition versions of the episodes for $1.99 each, $22 for the season. But not the Hub. The Hub is always looking for the best audio and video experience possible in the home. Well, maybe not for a show like Jersey Shore.
Why would I download the Sons of Anarchy in 720p and stereo sound when I can have the blu-ray in 1080p and DTS surround? Why settle for second best? Add on top of that blu-ray extras, the pricing boggles the mind.
In theory, downloadable shows should cost less. When you factor in the blu-ray’s costs of delivery, packaging, production and inventory carrying costs, it’s puzzling how both mediums can be the same price.
So, for now blu-ray is still in business. It’s just a matter of time before we can get blu-ray quality downloads at a better price. For now, I am fine giving up instant gratification and happy to wait for my Sons of Anarchy blu-ray to show up.