Streaming vs DVD

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 14, 2016 3:33 PM GMT
    So, I was wondering. Since we now have streaming, and you really don't need a DVD anymore, when a movie comes out after a few months of it's theater release, do you guys purchase a DVD copy or do you buy the streaming version? I actually like to have a DVD hard copy, but I'm old school.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 14, 2016 3:40 PM GMT
    I just stream everything now. DVD's are actually easier to use than streaming but I find I seldom go into my old collection of
    DVD's anymore. Too easy to just pull up Netflix.
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    Jul 14, 2016 8:24 PM GMT
    I have started streaming and getting rid of CDs/DVDs just because of storage and is really not needed.

    I started using Decluttr app in my iPhone…basically you scan your old DVD/CDs, games etc. (you still have the case with the bar code) they will give you either a couple of cents to a dollar or more depending on the movies/games/CDs. You then print the address label and ship them in a box and in a couple of weeks you get a check.
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    Jul 14, 2016 9:45 PM GMT
    getting difficult these days finding DVD players except for yard sales. Should be a sign but not for some?

    i think streaming is efficient but out dated content will be purged replaced with the latest greatest
    an alternative which allows you to maintain a feel that you own and control your own library is buy a Synology DS416j about $300. Populate this NAS box running raid5 with say six 6TB blue Western Digital drives about $200ea all from Amazon. Easy to implement actually

    anyways a hardware home file server or cloud is an idea but even VLC codec(s) for DVD based files are not as expected.
  • Fireworkz

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    Jul 15, 2016 4:54 AM GMT
    Can you get the same sound quality with streaming?
    I don't buy many dvds but when I do it's because I get surround sound with a dvd. I don't know what you need to do to get surround sound with streaming.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 15, 2016 8:24 PM GMT
    Fireworkz saidCan you get the same sound quality with streaming?
    I don't buy many dvds but when I do it's because I get surround sound with a dvd. I don't know what you need to do to get surround sound with streaming.

    I think you're right-- it is compressed. Same with most digitally stored music, too, and the various storage systems. I've never had the same performance on my system with streaming. I think I'm the last guy to buy to buy a five-way tower system. B&W.
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    Jul 16, 2016 6:55 AM GMT
    Streaming isn't buying. You're perpetually renting. Once you stop paying the monthly, you no longer have access to that movie you like.

    I only buy DVD or BD copies of movies that I really enjoy. Usually timeless stories that can be enjoyed over and over again. Or sometimes brainless action movies with good production values.

    As someone else pointed out, one of the benefits of physical media is that you get the full theatre sound experience, assuming you have the right a/v equipment. However, I've heard that streaming certain Netflix movies through Internet Explorer (Silverlight), you can also get multi-channel audio.

    Another benefit to physical media is no buffering. Believe it or not, broadband internet still isn't widely available. So if you live out in the stick where your only choices are dial-up or satellite internet, loading a DVD/DB is much more desirable.
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    Jul 16, 2016 9:19 AM GMT
    I don't remember the last time I bought a DVD. Streaming is so much easier.