Yeah I know, this subject has been beat to death already but I figure, why not. There have been some stories floating around the net this morning about how Blu-Ray's life clock is ticking very fast. I have always felt that Blu-Ray will never become a mainstream format. As a matter of fact, Blu-Ray will probably be a couple of ticks in the evolution of home entertainment. I foresee a move from DVD directly to digital downloads skipping Blu-Ray all together. The reason? As each month goes by, online content streamers are getting better at what they do. I was watching a movie via Netflix the other day in HD. It was blown up on a 106” projection screen. While it did not look or sound as good as Blu-Ray, it looked very good. If I had a choice between purchasing it on Blu-Ray for $20-$30 or picking up the remote and streaming it on demand in HD, I would seriously consider the latter…and I am what you would consider a “home theater nut”. You can pretty much figure what the average Joe will do with a remote and a 42” LCD. They probably would not be able to tell the difference between Blu-Ray and a HD download. It’s simply getting way too easy to view HD online content. Even the satellite companies are jumping in with 1080P downloads. I’m really not trying to blow smoke at the Blu-Ray chearleaders. I own a PS3 myself with 50 or so Blu-Ray movies, but I think I can accurately predict that Blu-Ray will be like the laserdisc. It will be around for a while and audio/videophiles will build their collections but lets face it, the writing is already on the wall. It’s a transitional format that won’t be around to see 2015. As online content gets better and more people get fast internet connections, hard media will be a thing of the past. When sitting down to watch a movie in the evening, more and more I find myself checking my Netflix box and Apple TV before looking at my DVD collection. Granted, online downloads do not offer attractive titles (although Apple is getting some good stuff on Apple TV), it’s only a matter of time before that changes. The bright spot is that at least our Blu-Ray collections won’t deteriorate. They will still look fantastic years from now assuming you can still find a player to play them.