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Are you still watching Movies/TV Shows on disc?

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Are you still watching Movies/TV Shows on disc?

What a PITA! lol

It took over two minutes (4 minutes on my Toshiba HD-XA2 HD-DVD player) for the movie to start playing.

I forgot all the BS you needed to skip just to get to the main menu.

Out of boredom, I took my Sony BD-S760 and my collection out of the closet. Nothing connected on my Samsung Q60 so figured why not. Surprised they still work.

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Yeah but the HD-DVD players were notoriously slow (my HD-A1 currently sitting under my bed) I’m still a disc player buyer for my movies and will stream movies as well. Still get a better picture and sound from disc then a stream. I didn’t shell out a crap ton of money on my equipment to not watch my movies in the best way possible. . . .plus I still like my 3D movies. Currently using my Oppo-203 (region free) and a JVC NX7 4K projector as my main source for my movie watching
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seriously? you cant wait 2-4 mins to watch a movie?.. Ive got nothing but time...& Plenty of dvd's.
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ammaretto wrote: seriously? you cant wait 2-4 mins to watch a movie?.. Ive got nothing but time...& Plenty of dvd's.
Bahaha, remember the good old days when we used to enjoy going to theatres like the Cineplex movie chain? We'd be forced to watch 10 to 15 minutes of ads combined with trailers before the movie started.

Ah, the good old days of seeing movies in a cinema and watching 15 minutes of trailers pre-COVID-19. I f**king really miss seeing movies in a theatre! Face With Tears Of Joy
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Yah, I still watch blurays for movies, because the quality is amazing. For TV shows I've been getting lazier and using streaming where possible.

I never understood why bluray/dvd's need all those warnings. Pirates lob them off in the pirated version. The only people that see the warnings are the legit customers :(
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Yep, those movie studios never got it, except maybe Warner Bros. First play should always be the movie (or copyright warnings). Menus should be opt in. No one ever complained that CD-DA didn't have a menu.
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i just singed up for netflix lol lots of movies but it older.
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Mr_Fanta wrote: Bahaha, remember the good old days when we used to enjoy going to theatres like the Cineplex movie chain? We'd be forced to watch 10 to 15 minutes of ads combined with trailers before the movie started.

Ah, the good old days of seeing movies in a cinema and watching 15 minutes of trailers pre-COVID-19. I f**king really miss seeing movies in a theatre! Face With Tears Of Joy
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I recently stumbled upon my box of ripped DVDs from the 00s.

Reflecting back, it was kinda neat at that time to just burn things, and lend them out with little or less worry about a return.
Used to swap around with a good group of friends.

I bailed from physical media as early as possible - went digital post dvd, and totally skipped blueray.
What were the early days competitors for blueray?
Wasn't it a year or two (or more?) where blueray wasn't for certain top dog?
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I buy 4K UHD blu-rays and the difference is staggeringly better with HDR and real 4K.
I use an 4K LG C9 OLED TV, which is one of highest rated models and a Panasonic UB820 on my main TV.

The Greatest Showman looks and sounds like crap on NetFlix compared to the 4K UHD Blu-ray.
It is outstanding on 4K format.

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I also use XBox One X's to play 4K UHD discs and they do a good job too but not at the same fidelity as the Panasonic UB820.
bembol wrote: What a PITA! lol

It took over two minutes (4 minutes on my Toshiba HD-XA2 HD-DVD player) for the movie to start playing.

I forgot all the BS you needed to skip just to get to the main menu.

Out of boredom, I took my Sony BD-S760 and my collection out of the closet. Nothing connected on my Samsung Q60 so figured why not. Surprised they still work.

Watching DOGMA. My second favorite from Kevin Smith.
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shikotee wrote: I recently stumbled upon my box of ripped DVDs from the 00s.

Reflecting back, it was kinda neat at that time to just burn things, and lend them out with little or less worry about a return.
Used to swap around with a good group of friends.

I bailed from physical media as early as possible - went digital post dvd, and totally skipped blueray.
What were the early days competitors for blueray?
Wasn't it a year or two (or more?) where blueray wasn't for certain top dog?
Yah it was HD DVD vs. Bluray. HD DVD looked to win in the early days of the race. Sony then made a few moves that made them win in short order. The PS3 came default with a bluray player so millions of people had one by default. Then they threw money at content companies to only release on bluray. HD DVD went under in short order after the 2nd one.

I had both for a while. I bought a plug in device for my xbox 360 that played HD DVDs. Luckily I didn't buy too many of them.

I seem to like both physical and digital media. I have a pretty substantial bluray collection and a pretty decent record collection. I also use Netflix and Prime quite a bit.

With video games i'm 100% digital. I love being able to play whatever game I want without swapping discs. Whereas bluray's have superior picture and audio quality, digital video games are the same as physical. No benefit, unless you want to collect, or like to trade them in. Neither of which I do.
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I still buy DVDs and Blurays, but I copy them to my file server and play them back using Kodi.
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zod wrote: Yah it was HD DVD vs. Bluray. HD DVD looked to win in the early days of the race. Sony then made a few moves that made them win in short order. The PS3 came default with a bluray player so millions of people had one by default. Then they threw money at content companies to only release on bluray. HD DVD went under in short order after the 2nd one.
The final straw for HD-DVD was when one of the studios (I think Paramount, but maybe it was Warner Bros) who went from both formats to being BD exclusive. It's a shame because a consumer should run the other way when they see Apple, Disney, and Sony working together. Too bad guys like Dolphin were more focussed on the tech spec superiority of BD. Oh well, BD didn't last long being relevant, no matter how much Bill the Doss hunt boasted how great it was.
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Its faster than trying to find something to watch on Netflix.
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rabbit wrote: The final straw for HD-DVD was when one of the studios (I think Paramount, but maybe it was Warner Bros) who went from both formats to being BD exclusive. It's a shame because a consumer should run the other way when they see Apple, Disney, and Sony working together. Too bad guys like Dolphin were more focussed on the tech spec superiority of BD. Oh well, BD didn't last long being relevant, no matter how much Bill the Doss hunt boasted how great it was.
Yah.,... sort of like how people did mind giving up some audio quality for smaller more portable files, most people don't mind giving up some quality for the ease of us (and cost) that digital streaming benefits.

It was different when I started my bluray collection. Streaming wasn't a thing yet. I only have about 20 dvd's so I wasn't rebuilding a collection yet again. With 4k blurays.... I don't think I'd rebuy my whole collection. Maybe the odd favourite...
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Ordering a disc from amazon and sticking it in a player versus playing a digital file are basically the same thing.

There is no unique experience. So there is no attachment to physical discs.

Compare this with going to the theater or going to blockbuster back in the day.

Those brought along unique memories or experiences.

A number of people buy a movie on a disc because they remember that experience - or something going on in their lives at the time - fondly.

For the most part, how media is consumed is not important to the experience and this part of why it's so easy to throw away the discs.

I sold most of my collection when people started to basically throw away music CDs and it became apparent that it was going to happen to movies.

More people have connections to music and if they were willing to toss CDs, it was merely time before something like streaming would come.

Criterion discs used to go for $30-40 quite easily .... but now $10-15 is a struggle. Mainstream movies? Now? $1 to $5 on the high end?

They really don't hold their value at all.

Do you want to pay $20 for something that will lose 90% of it's value?
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Well the digital copies that come with them are handy. Unload your movies for a profit if you like and still have a copy to watch if stuck in the situation we are now in. Most are even updating some of the older digital copies to 4K. So lose 90% on disc, but it’s the same price of a digital copy of the movie which you also get. Just hope another Flixster doesn’t show up and cause another potential digital disaster.

Plus the value is different from person to person (on the sentimental/emotional level)
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I had 1,100 DVD's, spent so much on my Theatre, especially when HD came out, sold the DVD's and upgraded with over 300 Blu-ray Disc & HD-Dvd's.

Now...

All gone I have Samsung Q60, the two players and down to 89 titles all together.

Guess what I bought most of them on Apple TV, can't even say iTunes anymore either and Google Play.

FML. What a lost I took.


ammaretto wrote: seriously? you cant wait 2-4 mins to watch a movie?.. Ive got nothing but time...& Plenty of dvd's.
Of course I do, we all have the time these days. I was just stating how long it took.

It does compare to watching it in the theatres with ads, promos and trailers.
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