Do you still buy DVDs

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  1. podsorcerer09 macrumors regular

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    With the advent of streaming movie services and cheap rental plans, as well as iTunes digital downloads and Amazon VOD do you still feel the need to go out and buy a DVD every now and then? What if it's a movie that you will always enjoy watching, or a TV series that you really enjoy. Would you buy or rip or torrent or just stream?
     
  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I actually just bought Marley and Me at Costco the other day for $6.99.
     
  3. martin1000 macrumors regular

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    only once in a blue moon.

    It would have to be a movie that i really, really wanted and would not be available through itunes or Netflix streaming. I've probably bought 1 or 2 movies this year.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    No. I buy Blu Rays all the time though. The picture quality can't be beat by any streaming service.
     
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Why buy DVDs when there's Blu-ray ? I buy all my movies on Blu-ray, I don't want to have none of that DRM crap on stuff I own that limits the devices I can use to watch/play my media. At least Blu-ray's DRM only limits me to officially licensed, yet unlimited devices.
     
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    Yeah, I only buy Blu Rays too. In fact I just bought "The Lord of the Rings" extended edition trilogy and pre-ordered the "Star Wars" saga.

    The problem with streaming beyond picture quality is reliability, selection and data caps. Watching an HD stream is impossible during peak usage times or early at night. You either can't watch the show/movie at all or you just get a blocky low quality stream that switches back and forth between HD or what looks like 320x240 up sampled.

    Plus it seems that only the garbage movies are streamed anything I actually want to watch is not available for streaming. Be it Netflix or Fancast (I have XFinity with HBO and Showtime).

    I don't actually subscribe to Netflix I just tried it at a friends and found a very poor selection of streamed titles. I can't attest to the reliabilty of their streaming. I am just going by experience with Hulu, Fancast, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and South Park Studios.

    If only they would release Zardoz on Blu Ray.
     
  8. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Nope, haven't bought physical media in ages. iTunes, Netflix and a DVR cover it all.
     
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  10. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Once in a great while. I just stream now from ATV or Netflix.
     
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    Some Bluray discs as show-off material but not too often.
     
  13. Mr. McMac Suspended

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    As long as they're making them, I'm buying. These days I'm mostly buying Blu-ray titles. I also buy CD's regularly..
     
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    Yes. Once in a while and usually I buy TV series on DVD. I'm about to buy the final season of E.R. which was released last week.
     
  15. Daffodil macrumors 6502

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    I buy them once in a while to have my favorite movies to watch on my computer on a whim.
     
  16. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Yes, DVD's, generally used for $2-$6 each ($15 - $20 for TV Season Sets).
     
  17. DollFaceDork macrumors 6502

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    I still buy them...

    I'm a lover of material possessions.
     
  18. gramirez2012 macrumors 6502a

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    Very rarely. I think I've bought 2 DVD's in the past 5 years. Probably only about 10 DVD's total.
     
  19. stonyc macrumors 65816

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    Not really... if there's something I really want on DVD, I get the Blu-ray. I bought Battle: Los Angeles a couple weeks ago on a whim, was actually surprised by how much fun that movie was. Otherwise, I just take advantage of HBO, On-Demand, etc...
     
  20. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Only for traveling with the kids. Otherwise it's Netflix or BD.
     
  21. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I hardly ever buy DVDs. I just don't want to deal with storing them.
     
  22. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    Yes, DVDs are my only source of getting movies. I don't care for downloads or blurays.
     
  23. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Just Blu-rays. I haven't bought a DVD in a very long time. I still buy CD's all the time thou.
     
  24. Mord macrumors G4

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    That's what I don't get, what advantage exactly does a physical disk hold? I have to store the bloody thing on a shelf taking up space needlessly, when I want to watch it I have to physically find the damned thing, put it in a drive, navigate stupid menus which inevitably tell me I'm not allowed to skip them.

    The whole experience just stinks, until there's a reasonably priced way of paying for movies to download DRM free in a format that's easy to play on any platform I'm simply not going to pay for movies.

    I have 14TB of storage and a 21Mbit connection. I'm happy to store them and even happier to watch things on demand.

    What hollywood doesn't seem to understand is that people won't pay extra for more hassle and an inferior experience.
     
  25. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    I agree with that and I still buy physical media. It's just nice to have, I like having populated shelves :p I find that it doesn't really feel like you're buying it if it just arrives instantly as ones and zeros (and maybe the odd two ;P), rather just a license to consume it, which I suppose is entirely true.

    I do rip everything though, so once it's on the shelf it only gets taken out to lend to someone.
     

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