According to Rick Roberts in an article he wrote in GlobalGenealogy.com:
It was confirmed today that from now on, Family Tree Maker (FTM) will be available to Canadians as an online download only. Americans continue to have access to physical product.You can read Rick Roberts' entire article at http://globalgenealogy.com/news/articles/00086.htm.
That means that Canadians will no longer be able to purchase physical copies of Family Tree Maker, printed FTM Companion Guides or FTM Beyond the Basics books in Canadian retail stores or from GlobalGenealogy.com. It also means that Canadians will pay for their FTM in US dollars even though the Ancestry.ca brand would imply to some that it is Canadian.
I have no idea if Ancestry.com is thinking of changing their distribution methods but such a move certainly would not surprise me. Many other companies have already done the same with great success. Downloading software instead of purchasing it on a CD-ROM disk results in a major reduction of expenses. There are no expenses for printed manuals (which are normally available online anyway), no expenses for packaging, and no shipping expenses. Of course, the customer benefits from instant gratification: there is no waiting for days and days for a CD to arrive in the mail.
Another factor is that a number of lightweight laptop computers these days do not contain CD-ROM drives, a trend that probably will continue. Installing software onto these lightweight systems is possible from a CD-ROM disk only if an external drive is used or via a network connection that mounts a CD-ROM drive that is installed in another computer. Those methods are possible, but add extra complexity to the task. Downloading seems to solve many problems.
The downside is that a high-speed Internet connection is almost mandatory for downloading large programs. However, high-speed connections are now the norm, not the exception. The percentage of households with high-speed connections continues to increase dramatically every year.
Ancestry.com could easily join the dozens of other companies that already provide software via downloads.