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Blu-ray is headed to the great jumble sale in the sky, to be replaced in our hearts by a digital set top boxes like those made by Roku, Apple et al. At least, according to the CEO of, er, Roku.

Roku CEO Anthony Wood reckons that Blu-ray sales are going to peak this year as people begin to drop the platform in favour of devices that perform better when streaming digital media across the internet. “Will people use Blu-ray players in four years? I don’t think so,” said Wood.

Wood’s prediction came earlier this week in his keynote address at the TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco. Wood spoke at length about the future of streaming media, saying that although currently most streaming is done via games consoles, he sees this shifting to dedicated set top boxes or smart TVs with (just to pluck an example from thin air) Roku’s streaming technology built in.

Roku launched in the UK earlier this year, but has built up quite the reputation over in the US, offering a cheaper alternative to the likes of Apple TV. The UK Roku box already supports NetFlix and BBC iPlayer and the company is reportedly in talks to add Sky Go to its list of services.

As for Wood’s theory on the future of Blu-ray, it is certainly possible – likely even – that people will move from physical media to pure digital. It is telling however, that Wood won’t rule out a future Roku box with a Blu-ray drive built in..

[source: Gigaom]

  • T.A. (Tim) Walker

    To coin the old paraphrase of Mandy Rice-Davies’ words: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?”

    I have nothing against Roku products, but would reply to the byline here the same way as I would with Apple, or any other manufacturer claiming that online HD video will displace Blu-ray within a couple of years: It Won’t Happen.

    Well, not, at least, in countries with areas where residential broadband isn’t consistently fast enough for HD video. I live on the outskirts of a supposedly modern large town, in a relatively new estate with a fibre-equipped exchange less than ten minutes’ drive away, and we’re lucky if BT feeds us 2Mb on a good day. And this isn’t even a “rural” area.

    I’d like not to have to faff around with shiny discs, but until hard drives / “gigabit” WiFi get cheaper, gigabit Ethernet gets easier to install, broadband with megabit speeds in double figures becomes ubiquitous, etc. (and it’ll probably happen eventually), I think Blu-ray is around for some time to come.

  • Anonymous

    5 years maybe not as broadband is still not quick enough to download a 20gb or greater film quickly. but in 8-10 years yes maybe blu-ray will be dead, .

    But if 4k TV & 4k movies are out in a few years then either blu-ray 200gb or a replacement for blu-ray will be needed as you would not want to download one of them.

  • Stewart

    Who cares about Blu Ray. Maybe if you like the crap that comes out of Hollywood today. I love digital downloads, Vudu is my favourite spot on the digital movie portal. I don’t bother myself with Netflix or roku streaming boxes as the quality stinks, it’s only good for piraters & scabs. I use Vudu as my personal home theatre with all my movies available via one click via the HDD. Movies range from 6-8gb ea and are excellent quality. I don’t have to bother myself with pesky discs and having to decide what to watch no longer.

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