I have a question.
If you could pay 60 dollars, and then once every year Giant Bomb mailed you a disc (or bunch of discs) with all of the premium content for that year loaded on there, would you prefer that to your subscription? Right now, you're paying for the content and you don't even own it. My sub ran out (and based on Vinny+Alex and Dan+Jeff videos, I think I'm gonna re-up) and I no longer have access to a number of cherished videos. But if you had the discs, they'd be yours and no one could take them away from you. Also, you'd be able to put it on your shelf, which seems to be important.
Are you for transferring your subscription to a one-time transaction for a physical good that you can use whenever you want?
If you have a subscription, you can download the videos. Voilà, Cherished videos saved and available whenever you want them.
For me physical versus digital (on games) is simple, what is the cheapest earlier?
My budgeting, I give myself one full price game a year on release.
The rest of the time I wait. Many times I can get physical copies of games that came out 3-4 months ago for 30 bucks. If I wait for the inevitable holiday sales, cheaper still. The digital versions can take two years or more to hit that price (talking console stores, I don't PC game or use Steam).