Ethan Kaplan points out the advantages to protocols, like BitTorrent, that lend to large downloads such as HD movies (for purchase/rent of course).
My only problem with the grand idea of doing away with physical media, at this point anyway, is that at 2 Mbps, much more than the average Joe’s downstream bandwidth, a 3GB file will take roughly 3.5 hours. 4hr 40min with a full T1.Over 9 hours at 768Kbps (closer to Joe’s average speed).
Ultimately, bandwidth needs are growing and are going to continue to grow, as are the technologies that support them.
The movie and music industries have both enjoyed tight control over their distribution models. Napster sort of mucked that up, and the land slide hasn’t stopped since. But here’s a great opportunity for both industries, as well as gaming, to invest in the pipes and technologies that pump all this data into our homes. They could make money on the content, and the delivery. The more you consume, the more they make. Pre-Napster Total Control. Different shit, same smell.