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What Types of Movie Formats is Everyone Buying these Days

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wicked1, Aug 16, 2011.


What Types of Movie Fromats are you Buying and Why

  1. HD Movies DVD

    3 vote(s)
  2. Blue Ray DVD

    51 vote(s)
  3. Standard Movies DVD

    21 vote(s)
  4. Not buying anything Get them from another source

    31 vote(s)
  5. Other

    6 vote(s)
  1. Wicked1, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

    macrumors 68040


  2. macrumors 6502a

    My focus nowadays is no physical media...I try and buy it online.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    I voted for Blu-ray, but your poll options would have been better as:-

    HD iTunes
    SD iTunes

    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?
  4. macrumors 68020


    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)
  5. macrumors regular

    I make copies using HB. I used to download them. I'll probably just use Netflix and :apple:TV2 soon though.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    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..
  8. macrumors 6502

    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.


    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.
  9. macrumors 601


    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.
  10. macrumors 603


    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.
  11. macrumors 601


    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.
  12. macrumors 65816


    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
  13. macrumors 604

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

    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.
  15. macrumors regular

    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.
  16. macrumors 68040


    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
  17. macrumors 6502a

    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...
  18. macrumors 68020


    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.
  19. macrumors regular

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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.
  20. macrumors regular

    Blu ray on sale.
  21. macrumors regular

    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.
  22. macrumors 68040



    Using a Library copy then burning one for your own use is not a good idea as it is against copyright violations?
  23. macrumors 601


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


    I think he literally meant renting and watching and returning again.
  25. macrumors regular

    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.

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