Why do you store/buy/rip so many TB of movies / Tv Shows?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by djrod, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. djrod, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    djrod macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    It's just in cause you want to re watch it in the future or to archieve some kind of collection?

    I used to store almost everything but it's starting to lose its point
  2. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I don't think you can download/archive channel 4 or US programs, can you? And true, I've got 3 TV programs archived on DVD.
  3. Username02 macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    I have to agree with you djrod.

    I have a pretty large DVD/Blu-Ray collection. So large that between them and the CDs, media was starting to take over my house.

    I started a project to rip all of my dvds and then give them away or sell them to get them off my shelf and make the media more easily accessible through TV.

    But... then it really sucks when I turn on Netflix and see that they've added the same movies I just ripped. Talk about a waste of time. And a waste of TBs of source files, back-ups and redundant back-ups.

    I've stopped ripping and am now just giving away to friends/selling what I can, but I will never make my money back on this stuff :(
  4. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    I don't rip everything I own. I tend to rip movies/tv shows I really enjoy so that I can easily watch them again, not to say putting a dvd on is a hassle but I watch movies mainly at night and its just easier for me to watch them on my computer screen. A plus to doing this is its a little quieter then using my xbox or ps3 to watch a movie on. I plan to get an appletv at some point so that I can watch in another room.

    I haven't really used netflix or a service like it mainly because I don't think I would get my moneys worth since I don't buy a whole lot of movies to begin with.
  5. timirving macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2007
    I'm going through this right now.....

    The only things I'm ripping and keeping are kayaking videos, training videos, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA instructional videos and competitions..... thing that I doubt Netflix or anyone else will ever have.

    Unfortunately, I have about 100 DVDs/blurays to rip and another 100 .avi/.wmv's :mad:

    It's so nice to be able to watch them on my LCD flat screen through the :apple:TV though :D
  6. harpster macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Well I DO rip (have ripped) everything I own which is about 300 DVD's mostly movies but some TV episodes. I find that the more DVD's or physical media you have the more of a pain it is to organize and find. Plus you don't even remember everything you have. I use Plex on the ATV2 and I love it for organization and selecting what movies to watch. It's not perfect but it's pretty darn good. I rip everything in Handbreak as a mkv and a typical DVD will be about 2GB so you can fit many movies on the 1T drive (ReadyNAS RAID for backup). It did take some time to get all my movies ripped initially but it's easy to add new movies when I want to.

    I have Netflix too but if I find something I really like I'd rather have it in my collection then rely on Netflix's streaming which can be very unstable at times including the dreaded "Can't Connect To Netflix" message.
  7. DrEnalg macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2011
    East Bay, CA
    I don't know if anyone's going to admit it, but I agree it's gotta be a collection fetish in part for some people. Not that there's anything wrong with that - people need their hobbies. :D
  8. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    It's cleaner than hoarding physical things. And the health department couldn't care less ;-)

    Edit-I think I need to be on the pilot of the new A&E show "Digital Hoarders."
  9. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Same reason I ripped my CDs back in the day....easier and more versatile access to my media.
  10. djrod thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    I didn't ask the question right, sorry. I mean: Why do you get so many media? I only have 10 TV shows (with several season each) and 20 movies and I'm starting to feel like I haveDiogenes Syndrome :D

    So there is my question, why do you gays get so many media, I'm pretty sure someone has enough music+movies for several lifetimes :p
  11. peteknopp macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2010
    I see what you are asking. I seldom watch a movie twice (if I do its many years later) and the same goes for tv episodes. I rip movies for my kid and have ripped all my cds but all old dvds fester in a box somewhere
  12. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Ripping and encoding all of the movies and TV shows has breathed new life into my collection. We have discovered several movie treasures that i forgot i had, and my TV show collection supplements the Netflix well.

    We never would have been able to cut cable out if it had not been for the movies and TV shows that i have ripped.

    I also have created several playlist folders and smart playlist to categorize my "collection" so it is easy to find just what we are looking for.
  13. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    I started th is project out to be able to put all of my CD's in a box and store them away. I dont want to sell them because it took me a long time to get them all. It must be a man thing, you judge someone by the size of their collection...lol

    then it moved to my DVD collection, I wanted to free up space in my basement area, so I added a dedicated server and alot more storage.

    now I use eyeTv to record dozens of shows and movies every week that I tell myself I want to watch full well knowing that I might get to 1 or 2 a week. Then I never delete the stuff after, because I tell myself that I might watch it down the road.

    I was the same way with old magazines, I told the wife I might read them again one day. same thing with a stack of model cars, I might build them one day. last year I convinced myself to chuck the magazines....so im making progress....lol

    in the meantime, I have a massive collection of media that friends think is just the coolest thing ever....the iHome....lol
  14. EmpyreanUK macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    I've recently come to the end of ripping about 200–250 DVDs, with the intention of then converting them the .m4vs on Handbrake for playback in the living room (or in the forthcoming study on a computer screen). However, simply ripping the DVDs has taken a huge amount of time. If I had worked the hours I'd spent doing this, I probably could have just bought the lot of them on iTunes.

    But that's the problem. In the UK the film selection on iTunes is limited. Many of my favourite movies aren't on there, as they tend to cater to the blockbluster, latest formulaic Hollywood comedy (no doubt starring Vince Vaughn). I've no idea if this is the case in the US, but in Britain the offering of TV programmes is even worse.

    I have for many years expected unlimited streaming of content on a monthly subscription to replace the local hoarding of material, such as we've seen for music with Spotify (which I still, for some reason, do not use). Again in the US I know they have Netflix, which is from what I can gather is fairly good, but the UK's equivalent, called LoveFilm, is really quite **** if you're into non-blockbuster films. Barton Fink was not, for example, available on either iTunes or LoveFilm the last time I checked, and is a movie that, whilst by no means hugely famous, I wouldn't consider to be too obscure.

    Continuing the amass my own film collection seems to be the only way of guaranteeing the availability that I require (something no doubt stimulated by the fetishistic collecting pointed out by DrEnalg :p ), even though it will ultimately be a waste of time, as there will surely come a point where most films are available on streaming services.
  15. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I've finished ripping my 300+ DVD/BluRay collection. Why? Ease of access. With such a collection it is easy to have a difficult time finding what you want and then the whole collection is in the kids den upstairs on the other side of the house. I just want access. I've a massed this collection over the last 10 years, mostly because it's cheaper to buy the DVD when it is released then to go to the theater to see it. (BTW, I just got Netflix last month)

    I typically prefer to buy movies because it is supporting the industry and those who produced the work. Maybe not as much as going to the theater but that, to me, is not often worth it. (I go see "important" movies)

    I also have four different locations in my house to watch the iTunes content from. My bedroom, the office, the kids den, and then the main living room; this way, we can all be watching what we want when we want. :D
  16. djrod thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2008
    Madrid - Spain
    With every year a lot of new movies and TV Shows comes, some good, some bad, do you have time to watch any of the "old" stuff with all these newcomers?
  17. iBookfan macrumors 6502


    Feb 5, 2008
    I like having DVDs and Blu-Rays! Sure, I have a lot of it ripped, but some I just wont rip.. It's not a pain to put in a disc.. In fact, it's a part of the fun :p

    But I'm also a vinyl-loving kinda guy :cool:
  18. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    I store my digital media on a 1 TB external HDD. My music collection isn't very large, since I mostly stream via Pandora, Spotify, etc. For my movies, I rip blu-rays using MakeMKV and Handbrake to an .m4v 720p format. The final average file size is between 2 to 3.5 GB's. That means my 1 TB HDD can store around 300 movies. My plan is to always use this 1 TB HDD for my storage. Once it fills up, I'll be forced to delete movies I never watch in order to add new movies. That way, I don't get too bogged down with too many digital movies.
  19. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Haha, that's a clever idea!
  20. jarinehart macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2006
    Simple. I rip all my movies and stream them for two reasons....instant access from the couch (a guys is entitled to a little laziness) and to keep the kids' dirty little fingers off the original discs. I normally will watch the disc first and then will rip it for the repeat viewing. When I get the urge to have the original quality, I go dig out the disc.
  21. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    I had a small collection of Movies & Shows on DVD, plus of course Music on CDs. I ripped everything I had, but then decided I would always buy digital versions in the future. Now, I'm starting to think about going to streaming only and abandoning local digital copies as well. After all the effort of ripping all that stuff, It's hard to let go of though. At this time, I'm not confident that my mobile (AT&T) or even home ISP (Verizon FiOS) is not going to do soothing evil that limits my ability to stream.
  22. Wondercow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    My Blu-ray/DVD collection spans some 600+ individual items. Of those, 136 are TV (complete season boxes), 19 are music video sets, and, to break them out, 157 are Blu-ray (which I've been collecting since January 2011 :cool:)

    I do watch and re-watch most of them, but there are a few that I haven't seen yet. I've ripped everything to hard drives and I serve it all up from a Mac Mini HTPC–and every single one is legal, I keep the original discs in storage. FWIW, my video library takes up nearly 20 TB of space.

    Why so much? Simple: I love movies and, to a lesser degree, TV.
  23. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2005
    For me it's simple. I'm just plain addicted to doing it.
  24. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    Storage is ever expanding - in 2 years we'll probably have 4 TB drives for the current price of a 2 TB drive. Using this idea I've gone digital so archive everything (DVDs, CDs, bank statements, university lecture notes etc) to hard drive. Yes, it takes up "room" on the drive, but at the end of the day It's reduced piles and piles of stuff down to something that takes up the space of a NAS unit (and a couple of external hard drives for backup).

    The only slight issue is that due to copyright I have to keep all the original CDs and DVDs I've ripped. But at least I can box them up out of sight. Hopefully digital downloading will get better (ALAC-quality albums etc), but I think films will remain DRM's for a while - especially if Apple starts selling 1080p versions. I've got no problem with DRM for now (especially with Home Sharing), but who knows what will happen in 5-10 years time!
  25. PG-Monkey macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010

    There is this point when compared to LoveFilm which for what you pay is crap. Plus also in the US I am pretty certain that there average broadband speeds are significantly higher then what is available in the UK in the large proportion of the country (Virgin Media areas and BT Infinity excluded).

    Our infrastructure is absolute rubbish compared to many countries and keeping a digital copy is the only way I can get quick easy access to my films and TV Shows without constant buffering issues or waiting for LoveFilm to post me a DVD.

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