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Poll: Do you still buy DVD or Blu-ray discs today?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / January 22, 2013 8:56 AM PST
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Yes on occasion
by wpgwpg / January 22, 2013 9:15 AM PST

I buy CDs and DVDs on occasion, but I've never gotten into Blu-ray. I burn DVDs to make copies of Windows and Ubuntu discs, and I use CDs to make occasional copies of music or software. If I download software, I immediately burn it to a CD or DVD so I don't lose it and have it for backup. I have to say though that's getting less and less frequent because I use my WiFi and LAN at home and flash drives for portability when needed. It's probably been 2 years since I bought CD-Rs or DVDs though.

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no
by corbeau1264 / January 22, 2013 10:25 AM PST
In reply to: Yes on occasion

I get everything from the internet.

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Of COURSE I still buy my movies on disk!
by sbill / January 22, 2013 10:30 AM PST

I still buy DVD movies, when they're on sale of course, and I don't see downloading replacing that. I also only buy software and games on disk, and would never entertain the idea of PAYING to download something. If I'm going to pay for the product, I want the physical disk, artwork, and case. If I'm going to download the product, then I might as well turn to a torrent site. Paying to download anything is a foreign concept for me, and I assume for most people.

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paying?
by corbeau1264 / January 22, 2013 10:42 AM PST

I get everything for free,then I shares everything also for free..

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Buy them, don't use them.
by Luhng / January 22, 2013 10:53 AM PST

I still get disks (Movies and TV series) but they immediately go onto a 12Tb server connected to the TV along with CD's, vinyl LP's, home video and photos.

From off to playing a movie it takes me 60 seconds. I can stop the movie half way and go out, come back and re-start. I can watch just a favorite part. I don't see any adverts or stupid FBI warnings. I don't have to rely on the internet connection. I can transcode to a smartphone or epad.

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dvds
by lchien / January 22, 2013 11:07 AM PST

i prefer renting DVDs or BRDiscs to watching streaming.
better overall experience with a home theater with surround sound and no streaming glitches. Faster search if i want to see a chapter,

If I like a DVD I'll buy it

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dvd abd blu-ray
by cspitser / January 22, 2013 11:28 AM PST
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I'm with you. I like the quality.

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DVD and Blu-Ray
by cspitser / January 22, 2013 11:26 AM PST

I don't buy many but I get them from Netflix. This is still the best way to get 1080P resolution on your TV. I cannot understand why someone would pay the top dollars for a state of the art HI DEF 1080p TV and then go to Netflix and stream a movie which comes in at maybe DVD quality or less. The only reason I would do that is if I absolutely need to see the movie instantly and can't wait the two days to get a 1080p disk.

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Hard copy v soft copy
by jrbettis / January 22, 2013 11:55 AM PST

Yes, movies that I really want to OWN. Prefer additional info on Blu-Ray.
Depends on how often a quality movie is released. Five or six times a year dependent on Hollywood. hint-hint.
When you travel putting in YOUR dvd for peace and quiet is nice.
Everyone isn't toting a tablet around to watch movies.
Given legacy issues, if i BUY it I may not be able to leave to an heir. Yes, I legally bought it but some see that as a one user purchase.
A hard copy, NO PROBLEMO.

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I only buy for my collections
by Dekard82 / January 22, 2013 12:35 PM PST

I still buy Bluerays for my collections because i have never found downloaded or streamed copies of movies to ever give the same quality of picture and especially not the same sound quality. I really enjoy sitting in my home theatre and watching/listening just a movie theatre. The internet sound does not offer 7.1 channels of info in its mixes. Until I can confidently get a sound wireless connection to work with out drop outs or degregation in the picture and sound quality I will keep on buying and renting Blue ray! Some of my friends and co workers talk about these pirated copies of first run movies that they download from the interent that are obvious recorded versions from the theatre. Someone sitting with a video camera taping the show. Not my kinda entertainment.

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Still the best way here.
by Ian M / January 22, 2013 12:56 PM PST

I still find it the best and cheapest way to watch a movie without sitting close up in front of a PC.
Digital movies through satellite or cable cost a lot more unless you are goggle eye to the TV 24/7.
I have more to life than television or Internet.

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Do you still buy DVD, or Blu-Ray discs today?
by Junebug2452 / January 22, 2013 2:06 PM PST

I occasionally will buy a DVD, if it is one that I have seen, & I really enjoyed the movie, or concert, & I know I will want to see it again, or share it with family, & friends. I will also buy digital copies of movies,& TV shows, so I can watch them as time allows. I enjoy streaming movies, & TV shows, as well as borrowing them from the library, or renting them from Redbox.

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I Buy
by dadofdavid22 / January 22, 2013 3:05 PM PST

I buy for special features like commentary tracks, deleted scenes, extended versions, etc. This is why I got into laserdiscs back in the Pleistocene Era.

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BluRay w/ 5 to 10x the content & Last Longer!
by iSamsung2u / January 22, 2013 4:06 PM PST

You never own digital content, unless you back it up and that only if the digital content was received on recordable medium. Having a DVD or BluRay disc is proof of ownership. But BluRay is not only more secure for purchased content, but in native HD as well. DVD's are only upscaled.

Along with this simple quality difference; DVD is recorded on top of the surface and is therefore more vulnerable to damage. Whereas BluRay laser is recorded to the medium down in the groove etched in the medium. So naturally it's better protected and less prone to being damaged or rendered unplayable by finger prints, scratches, magnetic contact, etc. Now we get to the best part of a BluRay Disc over DVD's. Per Gig of storage is now cheaper than DVD's, you change discs less often even in HD and the discs has this marvelous coating that makes it near impossible to damage!

Anyone who isn't using BluRay over DVD's is missing out and bought into the falacy of DVD's being a better purchase. For content providers..... yes... it is better. Because they know the majority of users fail to back up their DVD purchases and they're actually happy you didn't buy BluRay Movies. Since if you had the chances are you won't need to back them up in the first place. BluRay was an archiving format before it was a movie format and Sony wanted to make sure you either didn't need to make backups and are still attempting to take away that ability they won for us in VHS Content lawsuit in the 80's, that they won for us!!! Wink

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Yes! I also buy VHS
by appleimacdude / January 22, 2013 4:15 PM PST

VHS movies are still good for me - if they are cheaper, or if the title is a hard-to-get movie - as a 50 year old person, the VHS pic quality is still impressive - and regular DVD's are fine - BlueRay is a waste of money to me, as is HDTV - in my condo, I have a 19" HDTV set - I went back to analog! More channels, no cable tv box that you want to smash with a sledgehammer (and that uses as much electricity as a newer fridge) -

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No digital for me!
by Zouch / January 22, 2013 5:19 PM PST

In the land of download limits and at best ADSL2+, digital doesn't work for me - one long HD movie blows my download limit for the month! That said, I don't buy many disks, not that big a movie fan but I do have a small collection, mostly Birthday and Christmas gifts that I want to keep for posterity.

Z.

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Blu rays all the way
by markandcheryl / January 22, 2013 6:37 PM PST

There are too many issues with streaming or downloaded material. DRMs, screen pixellation break up, HDD longevity etc. I made the mistake of using my sky box (UK tv service) to record stuff to keep only to have the box die on my after a year, with everything lost. That is a very unreliable method of storage. We used to have a dvd recorder but we never used it. Its cheaper to buy a disc than it is to go to the movies, and you can watch it over and over.
As for downloading movies or streaming, thats a no no, the broadband is no where near good enough for that.
I have dvds going back to when they first came out, they still work, and the picture quality is good enough for us, so I dont see a need to change over to digital yet. MP3s however, thats a different story !

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Why bother to keep old technology around?
by robwmcintire / January 22, 2013 7:20 PM PST

As you get older, (i am 63) having more "stuff" around is of diminishing importance. That includes hard copies of anything. I can get what I need online without any hassle.I bought my bluray when they first came out and I think I have used it and my older DVD player only 2 or 3 times. Less physical materials around the house means less pollution down the road.

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I still buy dvd/blue ray movies
by Roy Marques / January 22, 2013 8:31 PM PST

I haven't been to a movie theater in over a decade and probably will never go to one again. Last I looked it would cost my wife and I about $20 bucks excluding snacks to see a current movie. I spend the $20 on the disks to keep, and share with our large family--for the same price, possibly 10 people get to see the movie in the comfort of home on a wide screen TV.

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Yes on Occasions
by Robinwl / January 22, 2013 9:16 PM PST

Yes I have to buy DVDs. As presently, I have a very narrow specialised musical /film interest in playback in DTS and THX systems in 4:1, 5:1 and 7:1 (or even 9:1 sound but that is from the Amplifier selection) if this hardware format has to change all my Audio equipment would be made redundant overnight. Presently I have no other choice and luckily in the UK there has been no movement away from DVDs of that hardware that I am aware of.
We are also watching the very slow change over to DAB radio, but officially there has been no announcement to the full change over. If ever it will!

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Do I Still buy DVD or Blu-ray?
by divemister / January 22, 2013 9:17 PM PST

When I built my Home theater I excitedly added a blu-ray player and Avatar was my first disk. How exciting that was with crystalline images and booming sound. When I bought Alice in Wonderland the marketing forced me to buy three disks. That was the last disk I bought. The Blu-ray player gathers dust. The streaming video gets all my business now. I don't like being forced into buying more than is reasonable, especially two extra disks. I shouldn't think it too long before Blu-ray quality can be streamed.

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More Blu-Ray than DVD
by cballinger / January 22, 2013 10:01 PM PST

Have switched to buying more Blu-Ray, like the extra content, the inclusion of the digital and DVD version. Currently have over 2000 DVD/Blu-Ray in our home collection and while digital is fine, there is no way to route the movie to the other rooms in the house, or out to my woodshop, etc. Cloud storage is great, but what happens when a stiff wind blows the cloud away - there goes all my movies I've paid for. Nope, plan to stick to the physical version until petabyte storage is available on my home network. Have 16TB on-line at home now, but I don't want it all used up for movies and then how do I recover from an HD failure?
Digital is a nice feature and handy for loading the phone or Tablet, but long term retention just doesn't suit the format for the home user at this point in time. Put all your eggs in one basket and then drop the basket and see what happens----same results with digital files. Anyone who has lost a HD knows the hassle and time required to recover just the stuff you remember was on the drive, much less the stuff that just disappears.
Still buy CD's too, for the same reason, easier to rip to digital that to lose connection to the cloud and watch all my music become unavailable when I wanted to listen to it.

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I do still buy DVDs
by netsiu / January 22, 2013 10:40 PM PST

I am a cheapskate and have too many people and venues to play movies on to limit a digital copy to my computer alone.
I also have software that will allow me to copy main movie to my computer.
I also do not have computer or internet hooked to our one and only TV,and doubt I ever will.

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Always buy DVD's only
by pro_time / January 22, 2013 11:38 PM PST

Never blu-ray, as dvd Q is great enough for us. Downloading too slow & tedious, and requires online financial transaction: risky. HD tv's show more detail than we care to see. Our large screen glass crt tv works perfect, - why junk it? Besides it shows movies, especially old ones and black/white, the way they were meant to be seen. HD ruins their appearance!

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Do you still buy DVD or Blu-ray discs today?
by cptmorgin / January 23, 2013 12:38 AM PST

Yes I do. I think with a number of providers limiting bandwidth the cost is going to be the same if not more. I am in an area that I can only use satalite, and limited to 10 gig as basic bandwidth. Each gig over 10 is extra. These providers see a profit in limiting the bandwidth. It is not cost effective in my situation to stream movies but to buy them.

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Streaming overall has many points of failure - prefer BD
by brilor / January 23, 2013 1:19 AM PST

Streaming is not mature and has several failure points that decrease the enjoyment compared to BD. Amazon offers only 720p HD and not 1080p as found on a BD disc. Plus streaming on my 20 MB Cox Communications cable connection often loses the connection or has other issues. VUDU offers 1080p HD but my cable connection can't reliably handle the extra bandwidth. This is living in a major metro area ( Phoenix ). Many folks not in major areas have even less bandwidth and no real chance to enjoy a streamed movie. Keep in mind internet connections in the USA are much slower than in other parts of the world, so what they do there is not always so easy to accomplish here.

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Streaming as a system not mature - BD a better experience
by brilor / January 23, 2013 1:20 AM PST

Streaming is not mature and has several failure points that decrease the enjoyment compared to BD. Amazon offers only 720p HD and not 1080p as found on a BD disc. Plus streaming on my 20 MB Cox Communications cable connection often loses the connection or has other issues. VUDU offers 1080p HD but my cable connection can't reliably handle the extra bandwidth. This is living in a major metro area ( Phoenix ). Many folks not in major areas have even less bandwidth and no real chance to enjoy a streamed movie. Keep in mind internet connections in the USA are much slower than in other parts of the world, so what they do there is not always so easy to accomplish here.

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no
by itsdigger / January 23, 2013 1:56 AM PST

I'm agreeing with Danny Sullivan and have gone totally digital. I used to have a lot of CD/DVD movies sitting around but not anymore. With video on demand through my cable provider or streaming over the internet, any movie or tv series I watch are readily available so keeping "hard copies" really doesn't make sense. The only things I use DVD's for now is to save a computer program or maybe some family photos and I'm even starting to use flash drives more for those. That's my penny's worth....Digger

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I download from Netflix or iTunes
by cny123 / January 23, 2013 5:25 PM PST

I have found more videos are download then DVD , or blue ray. I don't see the vast quality difference in blue ray to make the purchase.. I like that on a disk I can have episodes of a tv series playnfor hours where on download it is one episode by one. I work nights and old familure friends make great wite noise to block out traffic and law mowers. So no I won't be giving up my DVDs I just have slowed my library to just the special ones..

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Ownership Over a Loan is Best on Some Great Titles!
by iSamsung2u / January 24, 2013 3:40 AM PST

I admit with YouTube, Netflix or Amazon do stream in 1080p now for some content for a price of course. But that price difference isn't yet worth the cost differential for all movies. Although I can plainly see the difference, I only buy select movies or other content at 1080p. But even then if I had my druthers.... paying the extra for the BluRay version for me is always a better choice. I have several BD players.... one for each HDTV screen in the house. PS3 is excellent because of it's high quality and diversity. If Sony included a Google TV application it would be better though!

But I've found a cheaper alternative on ebay. That's basically like having a mini HTPC (home theater media center) than just a DLNA device like Sony PS3 or Xbox 360's, etc. Actually it's better when teamed with ordinary BD/DVD player.... because with latest Android OS installed on $50 to $60 USB/HDMI Module I have everything available all in one. I can stream from any streaming service, play any DVD or BluRay disc, stream HD content from SD cards and use/play games/applications on Android on my HDTV! ....w/ Android Jelly Bean installed I'm ahead of most of the hardware being sold.... even w/ Apple or Google TV on cost too! ....and big name manufacturers hate that! lol.... because it kills their "Planned Obsolescence Business Model" and worst company at doing this is Apple and they ain't ever going to get rich off me w/ LOCKING ME IN TO THEM!

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