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Wicked1
Aug 16, 2011, 11:25 AM
Trying to find out what formats everyone is using, because I like Blue Ray, but do not see much of a difference between HD and Non HD.


In case anyone was looking to compare, I found this fairly helpful in choosing what I want to do.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/apple-tv-20-vs-blu-ray-dvd-hd-cable-the-comparison/



Omne666
Aug 16, 2011, 11:46 AM
My focus nowadays is no physical media...I try and buy it online.

roidy
Aug 16, 2011, 03:03 PM
I voted for Blu-ray, but your poll options would have been better as:-

Blu-ray
DVD
HD iTunes
SD iTunes
Other

I'm not exactly sure what "HD Movies DVD" is. There are no HD movies on DVD.

Oh, wait a minute, unless you meant HDDVD, the now defunct format?

danpass
Aug 16, 2011, 03:10 PM
I've been buying thru iTunes lately.

Unfortunately, until I update my desktop PC graphics card I have to work around the **** DRM by buying HD on my iphone and syncing to the desktop (in order to stream to my ATV2)

thebignewt
Aug 16, 2011, 03:29 PM
I make copies using HB. I used to download them. I'll probably just use Netflix and :apple:TV2 soon though.

rusty2192
Aug 16, 2011, 03:44 PM
When I buy movies, I always go with the DVD, but none of my DVD players ever see it, other than the one in my iMac. It goes straight to Handbrake to get ripped and encoded. I then share it over my network and to my :apple:TV

I have a few Blu Ray movies, but I honestly can't tell that big of a difference, even on my 47" 1080p LCD tv. And even if I can, it's not that big of a deal to me. The "Apple TV 2" preset on Handbrake looks just fine for my liking on it.

My goal is to go diskless, but until digital prices come down and DRM is a thing of the past, I'll stick to buying DVD's and ripping/encoding them myself.

gdeusthewhizkid
Aug 16, 2011, 03:58 PM
with a ps3 and two apple tvs. strictly Itunes movie purchases. The quality off those apple tvs are superb. Blu Ray is still better but im not paying 24 bucks for a movie im probably going to watch two or 3 times.

Speaking of physical media does anyone still buy music cds. lol not me..

treestar
Aug 16, 2011, 05:02 PM
This is an example of when pirated media is the better product. I guess get HD content from iTunes. Discs are dead. DVD collections are tacky.

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with a ps3 and two apple tvs. strictly Itunes movie purchases. The quality off those apple tvs are superb. Blu Ray is still better but im not paying 24 bucks for a movie im probably going to watch two or 3 times.

Speaking of physical media does anyone still buy music cds. lol not me..

I do. Until I can buy ALAC or FLAC in the iTunes store I'm not buying a thing. Yes, I am suffering from audiophilia. Music just does it for me in a way that movies do not.

Icaras
Aug 16, 2011, 11:07 PM
Blu-ray collection at over 200 titles so far.

Though once Apple launches 1080p content alongside a 1080p Apple TV, then I'll make the jump to iTunes completely finally as movies and TV shows are the only media that I don't buy digitally right now.

notjustjay
Aug 16, 2011, 11:18 PM
Blu-Ray when I can, but regular DVDs don't look too bad on the PS3.

If I can get 'em, I like the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combos. The Digital Copy goes into iTunes.

If not, then I've been known to torrent a copy of a movie I already own on disc. Usually it's actually faster than ripping/encoding it myself.

Having said that, I've spent a lot of time in the past few months watching movies on Netflix or rentals from iTunes on my Apple TV.

Icaras
Aug 16, 2011, 11:45 PM
If I can get 'em, I like the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combos. The Digital Copy goes into iTunes.

Yea, I like these too, except I wish digital copies were HD versions of the film :(

I've collected a bunch of digital copies myself. I've always hoped Apple would offer an HD upgrade program for people who purchased an SD version of the film at a partial fee, just like how they have it with their music.

Yumunum
Aug 16, 2011, 11:50 PM
This these made me realize how we have such a confusing mess of options nowadays for movies... I remember when it was pretty much just DVD and VHS. Now we have Netflix, redbox, iTunes, DVDs, Blu-Rays, ect... I can't tell what's the best way to go! :S

theSeb
Aug 17, 2011, 03:46 AM
Trying to find out what formats everyone is using, because I like Blue Ray, but do not see much of a difference between HD and Non HD.


In case anyone was looking to compare, I found this fairly helpful in choosing what I want to do.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/apple-tv-20-vs-blu-ray-dvd-hd-cable-the-comparison/

I am not sure how you can not see the difference between HD and SD? What equipment are you using?

OddyOh
Aug 17, 2011, 04:35 AM
Why do you like blu-ray if you can't tell it's HD? You just enjoy the higher prices? ;) Or just future proofing?

I buy blu-rays, but that's only for favourites, and even then rarely...for renting, it's mostly Netflix on the PS3, PSN or iTunes. Starting to realize I rarely re-watch movies anyway.

I still buy DVDs of older tv shows that aren't coming to blu-ray. But it's getting to the point where it's worth paying Apple so I don't have to deal with the physical media.

dona83
Aug 17, 2011, 06:31 AM
My house is a 90% optical disc free house. iTunes via AppleTV2 and Netflix only. But we have DVDs for The Lion King etc. for our kids just in case some digital apocalypse comes and all we're left with are DVD players.

0dev
Aug 17, 2011, 06:34 AM
Either standard DVD or Apple TV (.m4v).

I don't have a full HD TV yet so I've not really bothered with Blu-ray. I'm a late media adapter, I know :p

gdeusthewhizkid
Aug 17, 2011, 07:49 AM
seriously with netflix, and itunes. I dont get why people still buy dvds. Blu rays yes i get it .. and cds i get it because I really love going thru the cd insert while the cd is playing and reading the credits... and now itunes has that rewatch feature of purchased tv shows...

AdeFowler
Aug 17, 2011, 07:53 AM
Standard DVDs for me. They're so cheap on Amazon after they've been out for a while, and I can lend them to people. I buy the occasional Blu Ray but standard definition is fine for me.

mlynchmob16
Aug 17, 2011, 08:37 AM
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I buy blu rays, but only when movies are on sale. I never need a movie when it is first released, so when the blu ray goes on sale I buy it.

Also I do buy some tv shows on DVD if they are not going to be released on blu ray.

krburrell
Aug 17, 2011, 06:38 PM
Blu ray on sale.

Darien Red Sox
Aug 19, 2011, 10:15 AM
I will buy stuff of the iTunes store or cheap standard DVDs off of Amazon or Half. Don't have a blue ray player yet but the blue ray selection is still limited at public librarys where I barrow most of my DVD's, I will not buy my own copy unless it is a very good movie or I can't wait. I prefer the digital format of iTunes because it can not get scratched or lost.

Wicked1
Sep 12, 2011, 11:38 AM
I will buy stuff of the iTunes store or cheap standard DVDs off of Amazon or Half. Don't have a blue ray player yet but the blue ray selection is still limited at public librarys where I barrow most of my DVD's, I will not buy my own copy unless it is a very good movie or I can't wait. I prefer the digital format of iTunes because it can not get scratched or lost.


Using a Library copy then burning one for your own use is not a good idea as it is against copyright violations?

Plutonius
Sep 12, 2011, 01:48 PM
Speaking of physical media does anyone still buy music cds. lol not me..

yep, it can be much cheaper ripping the music cd.

jdguggs10
Sep 12, 2011, 01:54 PM
Using a Library copy then burning one for your own use is not a good idea as it is against copyright violations?

I think he literally meant renting and watching and returning again.

JeepGuy
Sep 12, 2011, 02:21 PM
I only buy blu-rays, but I don't buy very many. They must have replay value, I made this mistake when I got into DVD's, and have hundreds I've only watched once.

maril1111
Sep 12, 2011, 02:25 PM
99% of the time bluray sometimes dvd if absolutely necessary.

rlu929s
Sep 12, 2011, 02:35 PM
I still haven't made the jump to buying films off iTunes yet. I am currently buying only a few movies that I know I'll re-watch and usually try to get the digital edition to pull the movie into iTunes. I don't have a BR PC Drive yet, so all my digital is rips from my DVD's or Digital Copies.

darster
Sep 12, 2011, 04:55 PM
I own about 100 blu ray discs. I don't just buy any blu ray, but ones with high bit rates and that are rated as high quality visually. There is a big difference in transfer, with some blu rays not any better than SD, especially in some of the older movies. The studios are getting better in making a quality blu ray product. I will continue to buy high quality blu ray movies as I enjoy watching movies. An excellent blu ray movie can not be matched visually by SD or through streaming, IMHO, especially if you have had your HDTV professionally calibrated.

northy124
Sep 12, 2011, 04:58 PM
I buy Blu-rays if they are available and I liked the film, sometimes I purchase iTunes HD films too :)

If I have to, I'll buy the DVD.

obsidian1200
Sep 12, 2011, 05:34 PM
Lately, I've been buying the DVD/Blu-Ray combos since they're pretty popular. I never redeem the digital copy as it's always DRM and only in SD, so I might as well just use handbrake to make my own copy of it like I would before :rolleyes:

Before DVD/Blu-Ray combos, I would make a judgement call on whether the blu-ray would be worth it and go from there (a lot of the content I consider blu ray for has been only upscaled from the DVD, so it wasn't worth it).

I also avoid 3-D blu rays, as 3-D gives me a headache, so I can't watch it anyway.

stordoff
Sep 12, 2011, 08:42 PM
I buy a mix of DVDs, BluRays and iTunes (SD or HD) content. Mostly depends on the price (DVDs are typically _very_ cheap), but iTunes is more convenient.

Irishman
Sep 14, 2011, 07:07 AM
I own about 100 blu ray discs. I don't just buy any blu ray, but ones with high bit rates and that are rated as high quality visually. There is a big difference in transfer, with some blu rays not any better than SD, especially in some of the older movies. The studios are getting better in making a quality blu ray product. I will continue to buy high quality blu ray movies as I enjoy watching movies. An excellent blu ray movie can not be matched visually by SD or through streaming, IMHO, especially if you have had your HDTV professionally calibrated.

I have to agree. I use a modified version of that strategy, high quality titles, plus titles I've loved from over the years but I've never had a copy or never had in BR. I dip very heavily into the 9.99 BR bin, too.

I end up with a mixed bag - some phenomenal transfers like 2001, but also some pq garbage but a film I love like Interview with the Vampire" that looks no better than DVD.

applefan289
Sep 14, 2011, 07:09 AM
Blu-ray is the best quality, but I use Comcast's On Demand whenever I want to rent a movie. If I want to buy a movie, I'll get a Blu-ray.

Chase R
Sep 14, 2011, 07:35 PM
Blu-Rays are overpriced in my opinion. I get my movies in HD from another source, where I don't have to rip/transcode/de-interlace/etc.

Nermal
Sep 14, 2011, 07:41 PM
Blu-ray for me, usually from Amazon. It's often cheaper to import a US Blu-ray than it is to buy a standard DVD here. Most Blu-rays aren't region coded and for the few that are, my Blu-ray player is region free, so I get the best of both worlds.

I also own an HD DVD player and have about 80 movies for it, but obviously I'm not buying those anymore. I probably got about 50 of those movies after Blu-ray won, at about $2 each :D

macbillybob
Sep 15, 2011, 10:09 AM
Maybe a bluray if it something I feel is worth it...Avatar etc. But I have very few of these. Might buy the Star Wars set someday.

I am in the process of updating my classic DVD collection, getting widescreen where possible (some of my really old DVDs are standard). Stuff like Blues Brothers, Caddyshack and others I have watched a million times. These discs can be had cheap. I ditched my Netflix streaming subscription since they have gone up. I like owning the classics. They are put on my iTunes for play on Apple TV. I think the quality of ATV is great for 98% of movies.

Rent every once in a while from Amazon or iTunes if I really want to see it immediately. Netflix or Redbox otherwise. Can't see paying to own if I am going to watch it once. I have some DVDs I bought a long time ago and watched once. Taking up shelf space in the closet.

Irishman
Sep 16, 2011, 10:36 PM
Blu-Rays are overpriced in my opinion. I get my movies in HD from another source, where I don't have to rip/transcode/de-interlace/etc.

Mmmm hmmmm......

darster
Sep 16, 2011, 11:16 PM
Blu-Rays are overpriced in my opinion. I get my movies in HD from another source, where I don't have to rip/transcode/de-interlace/etc.

Most people think the same thing about Apple products, especially computers, until they actually buy one. Then they are impressed by the quality.

pheenix11
Sep 18, 2011, 03:17 AM
I am almost physical media free. If I do buy a Blu Ray it is only to rip it to play on Apple TV. I find the iTunes HD movies to be nice quality.

xraydoc
Sep 18, 2011, 12:06 PM
The poll options are kind of odd, but...

I buy mostly Blu-Ray when I purchase physical media, especially when it's a movie I like (i.e., not just for the kids). If it's a kid-only movie, then I may buy it on DVD on via iTunes, whichever is cheaper. Things like Pixar movies I'll buy on BD, but crap for the kids will be either DVD or iTunes.

I very much like the fact than many BDs now come with the "Digital Copy" option to download in to iTunes. This makes Blu-Ray much more attractive, I think.

iTunes purchases will usually be the HD version when available.

But I've got a cheap BD reader so if necessary I can rip it to iTunes myself.

Bottom line is that purchases will be either BD or iTunes, and very occasionally DVD.

TallManNY
Sep 18, 2011, 04:15 PM
Shifting to downloads in most cases. Still buying occasional DVD box set. I'm ready to move to just renting, but with iTunes had better selection.

Wicked1
Oct 3, 2011, 02:03 PM
I am not sure how you can not see the difference between HD and SD? What equipment are you using?

ATV and ATV2, both connected to 42" Plasma tv running 1080p using solely HDMI inputs.

I do nto have a stereo or speakers hooked up yet as I need to get a good tuner, but for the most part the entire house is running 720p or 1080p using ATV2 and fairly new TV's.

It is the same for Blue Ray, there is a difference but not enough for me to start forking over $25 for a disc since the only device I have to play them is two PS3's.

To me the ATv and ATV2 hooked to the plasma 42 is more than enough quality, in fact lately I am buying non HD movies from iTunes, just not worth the extra $ for HD to me that is.

APlotdevice
Oct 15, 2011, 07:37 AM
I try to get the Blu-ray whenever possible. Otherwise I'll buy the DVD. The only time I'll "buy" a digital copy is if there is a special deal or I have credits (gift card, etc). The reason is that I don't like paying a lot for DRM infested media.

muffiee
Oct 16, 2011, 12:54 PM
I dislike the whole physical media stuff so recently got an ATV2 (connected to the TV and sound system), jailbroke it and installed xmbc so i could access all my movies on a 2TB NAS drive without the need to constantly boot up the mac.

Now i can't believe how much better it is to just switch it on and have access to all my favourite movies and tv shows at the click of a button either via rental or home storage.

All media is on 720p, i really can't tell the difference between it and 1080.

Moving to an ATV2 was the best move i made (home entertainment wise)

MrHyde85
Oct 16, 2011, 02:09 PM
I have finally decided to just buy Blu Rays only when I feel the Film is decent and would be great on Blu Ray.

My Dvd's are now ripped onto my ReadyNas Duo and wired to my Mac Mini 2011 running Plex and the wonderful Retroplex skin. I love this as the Plex app on the iPhone & iPad are great for streaming.

Wicked1
Nov 2, 2011, 02:08 PM
Interesting, went to Target by me and now I see them selling Two disc sets for certain movies, I bought the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows which came with Blue Ray for my son to use on his PS3, and a DVD version that I ripped into my iTunes library and it was $9.99

I was going to use iTunes for most of my movies but some older movies are expensive, and you can not rip them to DVD if I wanted to lend them to a family member, so I will go this route from now on, and buy only select movies for my son and I (horror, gore, sci fi) things that really no other family members watch.

pagansoul
Nov 3, 2011, 09:06 AM
Currently I only buy Blu-ray in Science Fiction (special effects) or BBC Nature series. If I come across a good movie that isn't one of those Genres but I feel I might like to view more than once I get a standard DVD if the price is right. I have over 200 Blu-rays but thousands of DVDs because I started collecting when they first came out. I am a bargin hunter and purchase used and sales. Most of my Blu-rays are under $15 unless they are special BR/DVD/Digital copy/3D type of combos. I do have a few iTunes and Amazon digital movies/series when they are very cheap like entire seasons of Doctor Who for $10each. I have both an AppleTV and a Mini attached to my HDTV so I'm covered no matter what format I have a movie in.

ljonesj
Nov 3, 2011, 09:40 AM
movies i get the dvd blu ray combo packs if i can get them sometimes they come with the digital copy. in my anime collection its only dvd so i can rip them myself for iTunes for my macbook backup and for my apple tv 2