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Is it time to replace physical home entertainment

Torke (101454) writes | more than 2 years ago


Torke (101454) writes "I have been collecting VHS, DVDs, and now Blu-rays since the late nineties. These films on my shelf are my pride and joy and am pleased when people compliment me on the quality of my collection. My wife registered a Netflix account several months ago and I have been hesitant to use it. I do not pirate movies nor do I have a media server. The other night, I broke down and watched an HD film streaming through Netflix directly to my Ethernet-enabled TV. I was very impressed with the experience. My questions for Slashdot: Is it time for me to stop spending $20-$25 on new releases and buy/rent/stream them online?"

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the inevitable answer: it depends! (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 2 years ago | (#37674822)

Is there anything on the DVDs or Blu-Ray discs that you would miss? I'm always surprised when people tell me they never check out the extras on the DVDs they rent or buy, when that is one of the primary reason I would buy over renting. The big trend lately is that the rental versions lack extras like deleted scenes, etc., that you can only get if you buy the physical media. Some of my favorite scenes in movies I've purchased have been deleted scenes that I would never have known about had I only rented a lobotomized version.

Another thing to consider will depend on how much data transfer you're allowed with your ISP vs how many movies you typically watch per month. I have a 250GB/mo cap with Comcast, but I don't stream movies, either. Make sure you have some leeway with your expected increase in data usage. Also, is your connection fast enough at the times you're likely to be watching? If you have only tried the HD streaming once, make sure to check it out at the other times of day, and days of the week, that you would also watch; you might find congestion can negatively impact you when you would not have otherwise noticed.

This is all moot, of course, if the selection of streaming movies isn't going to meet your needs. Check out the streaming (and *HD* streaming, in particular) catalog you have access to. You can always resort to buying/renting physical media for the ones that aren't available in streaming, and that would still save you some moolah.

Also, re: those VHS tapes - you might want to consider copying those to new media ASAP, particularly the ones that never got put out on digital media. Those things can go bad easily, depending on how they've been stored.

The time was years ago... (1)

thechemic (1329333) | more than 2 years ago | (#37676016)

Tumbleweed makes great points. If you want another perspective, I am pretty much the opposite of all of his points. I don't care about the extras you'll find on disks. I've never watched them even when they were available to me. There are certainly some concerns with your ISP if you watch a lot of movies. To elliminate data caps, we started a business account instead of consumer. To elliminate congestion problems, nearly everything is recorded, ripped, copied, and archived onto a media server in our home. We can stream music or movies to any ethernet/WiFi connected Computer, Laptop, Pad, TV, XBOX 360, PS3, PSP, or Android device anywhere in the house. When people come into my home, they don't see any VHS tapes or DVD disks anywhere. They just see this massive black box, with pretty flashing lights all over, it humming away. Our house has been like this for 6 years now, and i'll never go back: ever.
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