yup, I’ve kept a couple VHS players for digitizing.
yup, I’ve kept a couple VHS players for digitizing.
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It's been ages since I last purchased a physical disc for either music or film. I have, however, purchased a digital movie this past weekend. I think the rise of piracy using digital means made the physical medium of entertainment nearer to obsoletion. The trouble I foresee is, as you mentioned, having too many options for streaming services. There's no one main bundle package you can do and the prices are getting more difficult to keep up with. Amazon is 120 a year. Netflix is roughly 156 a year. Hulu is about 144 a year. Those being the top three currently (though with Disney Streaming, Comcast Streaming & Apple Streaming coming out this year, I foresee big challengers), it really makes you wonder if Cable isn't a cheaper option. The main trouble I have with having so many different services (and cable) is having them and not using them. I subscribed to DC Universe to see what they'd have as an experiment (about 75 a year) and have barely used it (they are only streaming on a few devices and don't have much content). If Disney Streaming comes out with a Hulu/Disney Streaming package, that might help make things more cost efficient, but it's still a lot to be bouncing between. The streaming wars are only starting to heat up and I don't think it'll cool down anytime soon. There's just too much money to be made. Blu-Rays are a dying business and streaming is thrumming with energy. Long live the King.
For streaming services, it appears the best course of action is to audit them periodically and either cancel or put them on hold for a time period.
I used to buy Blu-rays, but these days I buy and rent a lot of movies on iTunes, and occasionally Vudu, because it's just so much more convenient to be able to choose a movie and start watching without having to get up from the couch, find the disc, put it in the player, etc.
The three main reasons I used to buy Blu-rays were quality, extra features like director's commentaries, and the fact that I didn't like the idea of investing a bunch of money in buying movies on a single streaming service and not being able to watch them on another.
These days, the quality of 1080p and 4K content on iTunes and Vudu is really spectacular. Both services support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. They can't match Blu-ray in terms of sheer bitrate, but I honestly can't tell the difference, and I'm really picky.
iTunes and Vudu also both include extra features (when available) when you buy a movie.
And, amazingly, the Movies Anywhere service now makes it possible for you to buy a movie on one service, like iTunes, and have it immediately become available in your account on every other participating service you use (Vudu, Amazon, Google Play, etc.).
iTunes always has a pretty big rotating selection of less recent movies on sale for $8 or sometimes even as little as $4. I've bought so many great movies that way!
Another iTunes secret: if you buy a movie that's only available in 1080p, but it later becomes available in 4K, the version in your library will automatically be upgraded to the higher quality version free of charge. The only exception is if the new version is treated as a separate release (like a "remastered", "special edition", or "director's cut" release).
Also, if you buy a movie on iTunes without any extra features but they later add extra features, you get those for free too!
So yeah, it's pretty hard for Blu-ray to compete these days.
Why the cloak of a cartoon character? Is not your true pic (face) better????
I've never used my face on the internet since my younger years when I was using Facebook. Since I've "matured" to a degree, I'd rather people see my name and what I contribute, not my face. Just a personal preference.
I'm still firmly in the blu-ray camp here, over the last vew months several streaming service s have gone under, So at the time you could pay a premium here and get a blu-ray and also a streamed version in teory so you could view it anywhere Two of these have since gone so if I din;t have the physical blu-ray I'd have done my cash, Ah yes the other issue I still prefer to pay in cash where ever possible, thou I suppect that will go about the same time as physical media, Our local shoping center suppermarkets here removed more than half of their checkouts and went self serve wher eyou scan you own goods and pay either cash or Card, started out mainly cash with only a few card only places the rest served both, now its pretty much card only with only two cash payment options now. I can see it now soon they will say people are demanding card payments no one wants cash payments so its goign to be gone. I suspect Blu-rays will soon be the same we'll pay a subscription and of cause here in Australia subscriptions are much higher than else where, to the stage the goevenment actually held an enquiry into it a while ago asking Apple, Adobe, Microsoft and may others to appear some turned up others didn't even bother, the up front of it all was bad luck we cna charge what we want and if we can charge more of Australain Subcriptions so be it, if you don't like it don't subscribe seemed to be their responces well thsoe that actually showed up. So for now I still buy Blu-ray and can play then for as long as my player works or I can source a new one. Relying on subscriptions for streaming here seems a little iffy at present.
Yup, same here.