You guys (and AWO) have missed something when it comes to anime pricing. Yes, a series priced at $30 is going to sell a ton more copies than a series priced at $100. This does not, however, mean that the studios should immediately release a series for $30. I compare it to an airline seat. The goal is to get the most money for that one particular item. If there are some people willing to pay $100 for a boxed set, then it makes sense to sell it for $100 and at a later point in time reduce the price to $30.
Basically, the idiots that have to have something when it first comes out are willing to pay more for that item. Why blame the studios for taking advantage of this? It's actually a good business model.
As for a download service, I'm curious to see how these will work. Netflix has an automatic throttle which is called the United States Postal System. (In addition to Netflix's own throttling.) You also can't give your friend your Netflix password and give them the same access to media that you have. A DVD can only be in one place at a time.
I suspect that download services are going to have to place a limit on downloads per month. I just see too many abuses for an unlimited download option.