As streaming continues to grow and mature as a format, it will likely start to give physical media a real run for its money. The latest evidence of this comes from CNET, which is reporting that at an unspecified time later this year, Netflix will be adding 5.1 surround sound and closed captioning to its streaming service.
Netflix was also rumored to be adding 1080p streaming this year, but it now appears that full HD will not be coming as quickly as the other upgrades. However, given the fact that Netflix uses Microsoft’s Silverlight technology in its streaming service and Silverlight supports 1080p smooth streaming, full HD can’t be too far off for Netflix streaming.
What do you say, Insiders? Would the promise of surround sound and (eventually) 1080p video get you firmly into the streaming camp? As such features appear on the horizon, how far away is the decline/demise of physical media?