Do you buy new movies from itunes 1080p or the bluray disc

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Che Castro, May 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    they have this new movie safe house for $19.99 1080p on itunes

    I cant decide wether to buy it here or the. Bluray disc

    I read the ATV3 1080p is near bluray quality

    What do u guys do for the most part on new movies that you want to own

    Buy the bluray disc
    Buy the movie from itunes
    Buy the bluray disc, then rip it to itunes
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    If you actually want to OWN the movie, then buy the bluray disc and then rip it. Otherwise you can only watch the video on an iTunes authorized computer. .... Or you can rent the movie from RedBox and then rip it :)
  3. thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I do have the ATV/ipad/iphone if thats what you mean by itunes authorized computer

    I dont have a mac
  4. macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    I buy them as downloads about 5: 1 over blue ray but i do buy both. Online i buy them from iTunes, PSN, Xbox Live and one or two other services.

    As we starting to watch more 3D movies those are all on disk.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2008
    I buy movies from iTunes. I gave away my Blu-Ray player and the few discs I owned. I have enough CDs and DVDs packed away to not want to have to deal with physical media all over again.

  6. HobeSoundDarryl, May 26, 2012
    Last edited: May 26, 2012

    macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Asking this question here is mostly going to get a (heavy) bias toward iTunes. You might as well ask: "which OS is better, OS X or Windows?" or "which smart phone is best?"

    If you want maximum video quality and maximum sound quality, the only consumer choice is BD (or BD ripped into a MKV container without any transcoding).

    If you want added convenience and/or near-immediate gratification (or don't want to store BD discs, or "hate physical media", etc), you can trade off some visual & sound quality for iTunes versions.

    There are other lessor arguments for and against each (BD extras, flexibility of being able to sell- or fully give- them to someone else later, etc) but if the focus is really about the movie or show itself, the above is THE debate that only you can really decide.

    I'm sure if this turns into another relative quality debate, they'll be a dozen(s) posts of "I can't see/hear the difference" but again, that's all "eye of the beholder" stuff. Just because "they" can't see/hear the difference doesn't mean that YOU can't see or hear the difference. OR, if you really can't see/hear the difference, then it doesn't matter much which format you buy. If you think the latter may apply, rent 1+ movies in both formats and see if you notice the difference in your own setup. If so, let your own knowledge of the differences vs. the convenience of one vs. the other be your guide.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    DRM ******. We need to boycott iTunes Store because of that.

    I recommend you BD.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2011
    Technically speaking content purchased on Blu-Ray, DVD, and even VHS (macrovision) is protected by rights management technology that restricts the fair use of the purchased content. Blu-Ray and DVD copy protection is just easier to defeat at the moment.

    Would need to boycott the entire movie industry to really fix the problem.
    I'm sure Apple would gladly remove the DRM from their video files like they did with music a few years ago if they could.

    I'm more annoyed by the fact that the iTunes content costs the same (or more) than physical media.
  9. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I typically buy Blu-ray discs (they're almost always cheaper at Amazon), but I've started buying more iTunes Store content now that iCloud is available.

    I like being able to download or watch a purchased movie anywhere. Seems like the future to me.
  10. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    Blu Ray. BR quality is so much better it's puts iTunes HD to shame.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    Also Safe House isn't very good so paying for it on any format isn't a good idea!:D
  12. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    New movies on BR, usually buy them used from GH for less than half the cost.
    Old movies on DVD for really cheap; up conversion on most is just as good as their BR new release on almost all.

    Safe House on BR is just $3 more on Amazon and you get more features, no download and better quality (I believe).

    If Digital Versions would cost half of the BR versions then I could see myself buying digital movie media.
  13. thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    A denzel movie thats not good ?
  14. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    Buy the Blu-ray disc. AVC MPEG-4 with average bit rates of 20+mbps and a max bit rate of up to 35mbps not to mention DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD sound tracks make a world of difference. I've been ripping DVDs, and Blu-rays since I was 11 or 12 and I can say that Blu-ray is a no compromise quality disc. Honestly the quality is TOO good for the average consumer to even appreciate.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    There's more than a few...
  16. thread starter macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    His early movies dont count, he had no control over that

    Im sure clint eastwood had a few stinkers in his early acting days
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2006
    Chester, NJ
    Buy the disc and rip it. Have your cake and eat it too.
  18. Oracle1729, May 27, 2012
    Last edited: May 27, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2009
    I've never bought video content from Apple. Why would I pay more for for a restricted download version than I would pay for the Blu Ray at Best Buy? With the blu ray, you get a better picture, magnificent sound which makes a huge difference to the experience (I spent more on my sound system than my TV), and when I'm tired of the movie, I can sell it or give it to a friend, effectively lowering my cost even more.

    People actually pay to apple more for a vastly inferior download? I guess there's a lot of suckers in the world.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I never thought I would buy movies from iTunes but now that I am packing to move, I have so many DVD's that are in the way. I also love the fact it's on iCloud now. It's so convenient that I can watch them anywhere and not worry that I accidentally scratched a disk or something. Lately, iTunes also been cheaper also with a lot of new releases.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2008
    Until the studios wake up and price digital content appropriately (given the very low distribution cost relative to the old days of physical media, packaging, and transportation) I will continue to purchase said physical media.

    iTunes has specials from time to time and I have purchased a few items via iTunes but probably less than 1% of my collection. And it will remain that way until the studios wise up. (Apple doesn't set the prices...)
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Zeke D

    Nov 18, 2011
    If it is a pixar movie, I usually but the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital copy edition. If it is a movie the kids will like, I usually pick up the DVD and/or digital copy. Handbrake makes it pretty easy to rip DVDs, so if there was a movie (for my race and ethnic relations class, I had to watch Gran Torino, Malcolm X, American History X and The Great Debators) I purchased the DVDs for like $5 each, and used handbrake to make iPad versions.
  22. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Blu Ray for two reasons. Quality is much better, even if I rip/encode it myself and don't want the restriction of only being able to play on Apple approved devices/software. The simple fact that I cannot play an iTunes purchased movie via PLEX on an Apple Mac Mini pisses me off to no end. The small effort to rip/encode is easily worth it.
  23. macrumors newbie


    May 18, 2012
    I've bought blu-rays previous years, but then I fall in love with LAN media players. I have ATV3 as well as WD TV and have tested some others. Actually Blu-Ray still gives the ultimate quality, but the future is with the internet and broadband connections. I am sure internet media players will reach blu-ray quality when we get affordable 10GBit. Btw, here is an article about this.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Like really....2012 and progressing...who 'wants' to actually have to store a stack, a bookshelf, or a cupboard full of physical based media? I'm still trying to find a sucker to offload my DVDs to!

    The quality of BRs is a blast, but I'd rather the convenience of picking up the remote, pressing a few buttons, and relaxing to the HD digital version then getting up, finding what I want to see, going to the BR Player, inserting it, then returning to the couch and pressing the same few buttons.

    Go digital!
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2009
    Yeah, I have ripped all of my DVD's, and while I have a few Blu-rays on the shelf, I would much rather just have 1080p video in the cloud I can stream when I want it.

    The other day (after enjoying Avengers), I decided I wanted to get the Marvel movies from iTunes, and I was completely confused that I could only rent them in HD, and buy them in SD! Madness! I thought that I was misunderstanding something, but nope, only way to get them in HD, is to rent them from my AppleTV or iPad.

    It's times like this when piracy becomes the easiest option. Not the right option, and I won't be downloading them illigally, but the easiest option would just be to download a full HD rip, then with 2 clicks convert it and add it to iTunes. The only legal way to own the video in HD in a digital format, is to buy the blu-ray and rip it, and then keep the physical disk. Which is a pain, as I am trying to get rid of my disks!

    The whole thing is messed up.

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