Re: bizarre state of affairs
Hell, I don't care about Blu-ray;1 I don't even think I have a Blu-ray player.2 Nor do I care about commentary tracks and the like – I can't remember the last time I watched one.
But DVDs are still superior to streaming for a whole host of reasons. I can watch them when Internet service is down or congested. (On a laptop, I might be able to watch for a while even if the power's out, though I doubt the battery would last long.) I can find what I want to watch in seconds, rather than having to search through streaming-service catalogs. I can find something serendipitously: Oh, here's something I haven't seen in ages! Oh, I'd forgotten I have that! I can loan one to a friend. The UI and remote for the DVD players I have, though certainly crap, is an order of magnitude less crap than Every Fucking UI for the streaming-service apps on our set-top box, and the box's remote is an exercise in irritation and unusability.3 I will always have my DVDs; I'm not beholden to the whims of streaming services, or of the loathsome content companies like Discovery or whatever they're calling themselves now.4
Streaming is certainly point-and-drool convenient, as long as you don't care what you watch.
For that matter, I'd much rather have to get up off the couch, find a DVD, and insert it into the player if I want to watch something. At least that's a bit of physical activity.
1The official spelling, as far as I can tell.
2I haven't bothered to confirm that my various DVD-playing devices aren't Blu-ray, because I don't care.
3Which isn't surprising, because it's an Apple device. My wife purchased it. To be fair, that's the only way we would have gotten one; I'd refuse to spend the money and build one myself, except I'd never get around to doing that, because I just don't care about TV and movies enough.
4I refer, of course, to the HBO Pogrom that Discovery embarked upon after the merger. If there were any moral order to the universe, Discovery execs would be frying in Hell.