The extra content bit is getting to me too. I'm still not happy about this, but will probably, begrudgingly give in. Money is not part of my decision.
To me, Michael and Chris are compromising the quality of their product for ease of delivery. This is disappointing, and makes me question how much pride they put into producing the best quality product out there.
But, come hell or high water, it seems they're going through with it, regardless of what a good number of their subscribers think. I'll convert my subscription, download the videos that are coming to me, and then decide if I'm still satisfied with the product.
I downloaded the hi-res sample clip for #15, as well as AoA DVD Creator, and burned a DVD to compare the quality to the real DVD. I did see a noticeable quality difference, but the quality was acceptable. The file was 42MB, and took 12 minutes to encode and burn on a reasonably fast PC. Extrapolating to the 700 MB that Chris has said an issue will be, it will take close to 3.5 hours to encode and burn I also don't know how AoA DVD Creator handles multiple titles. There doesn't seem to be a menu built.
When (if?) the dvd image files are made available for download then most issues will be auto-magically resolved;
- download quality will be identical to the current delivered-by-mail dvd
- we will be free to watch it wherever we choose (big screen with sofa, etc)
- postal delivery delays will be a thing of the past
In return we have to pay for a lot more bandwidth on download, plus provide our own blank DVD.
Providing the .iso files for download seems to be the logical outcome.