I just tested a few of my redeemed movies and TV shows on Vudu. Someone here told me that Vudu's HDX has good video quality. It does not. It takes a long while for the video to buffer to full HD, which only looks good some of the time. Even after I downloaded one of the files, in this case a Samurai Jack episode, which took a few minutes to complete, the quality was poor. I had to install the Vudu app, which required also installing Adobe Air and then downgrading to a previous version of Adobe Air. If I had played from the disc, I could have been watching within a minute. This was on my computer monitor. My connection isn't bad.
When I tried to run the streaming service from my computer through two HDMI repeaters and about 75 feet worth of cable, it told me this:
Oops! This title won't play in this quality on your display due to copyright restrictions. It can be played only if your output and display support HDCP.
I'm forced to watch in SD on the TV, even though Windows displays in 4K.
I was pretty disappointed that there are no audio options. My 5.1 surround movie was playing in stereo, and none of the buttons in the UI let me change that.
It's not really much cheaper than discs either, unless you're constantly binging, which most people including myself seldom do. The ad-free option of Hulu is 12 dollars a month. If all I want to watch on there is a season of Rick and Morty, then why don’t I just buy the show for 10 dollars instead? That way, I can also rewatch it for free if I feel like it, and I have it in the best quality. I could watch other shows on Hulu during that month to make up the cost, but the selection isn't that comprehensive, even if you combine it with a second subscription, like Netlix. They're especially poor options for older TV shows and movies, as well as foreign films. They just can't afford all those licenses. I think it's a shame that most of the "connected" people now won't even watch something if it's not on Netflix.
I also will never see my shows and movies suddenly disappear. I've seen titles disappear from Netflix. But my apartment has never been robbed.
Whenever I make threads about physical media, a few digital only users come in and start complaining about how gaudy boxes are and how inconvenient discs are. Some of it makes sense, but much of what they write just reads like lame excuses.