I like dvds because they are more durable than tape. I like the scene selection and subtitling capabilities dvds provide. I have to rew the vhs, and I don't have to rew the dvd. Both dvd and vhs are better than other media, because I can pause or back up, there are no commercials, I don't have to rig up my computer to the tv for a download, and I don't have to retry failed downloads. I like going to a movie theatre, getting a large popcorn and a box of milk duds, and sitting in the first row. But my girlfriend never wants to go to the theatre any more. She prefers to stay home and watch a dvd or CSI Las Vegas. She never wanted to sit in the first row anyway, and she complained about the crunchy noise when I ate the popcorn. (She never complained about the noise she made when she ate popcorn.) I've never given more than a passing thought to getting another girlfriend with more compatible cinematic preferences. Even though she can be a lot of trouble, she's good for entirely different reasons. She likes movies more than I do. If it were up to me, I would get rid of the movies-at-home equipment, the tv, etc., and I would probably watch only 3 or 4 movies per year. I just don't care about them very much. But if she wants to watch a movie, then I want to watch a movie. I wouldn't buy hi-def for the picture alone. For me to buy hi-def, the content would have to be some movie I couldn't conveniently get in a less expensive (including the amortized cost of the equipment) format. What I don't like about all media are the exploitative practice of intellectual property laws, and the exploitative practice of the distributors dividing the world with region codes preventing free trade, free traffic and fair competition. Of course all this stuff is very time consuming. If I were to spend a couple of hours watching Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds, without my girlfriend, I couldn't help but wonder if I couldn't have done something more personally rewarding with my time.