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2020-09-13 3:41:48 PM  
Um subby, everyone knows what a dvd is. Hate to burst your bubble of arrogance

Come back when you talk about 8 track, VHS or laserdisk
 
2020-09-13 3:43:10 PM  
My parents still get DVD's.  My grandparents used laserdisc.
 
2020-09-13 3:44:34 PM  

lifeslammer: Um subby, everyone knows what a dvd is. Hate to burst your bubble of arrogance

Come back when you talk about 8 track, VHS or laserdisk


It's tried and true FARK humor.  Ask your granddad.
 
2020-09-13 3:45:33 PM  
Yes, my plex media library isn't going to populate itself.
 
2020-09-13 3:47:11 PM  

lifeslammer: Um subby, everyone knows what a dvd is. Hate to burst your bubble of arrogance


It's almost as if it was nothing more than a joke about DVDs being somewhat out of date thanks to so many people switching streaming.
 
2020-09-13 3:49:06 PM  
It is a KNOWN FACT that when a new technology becomes prevalent, all previous technology vanishes from the face of the earth and from people's memories.
 
2020-09-13 3:50:31 PM  
I've been selling off my DVD collection on eBay.  Sales are slow but steady. Still plenty of people who want them.

If you want physical media, they're a bargain, too. Most only go for a couple of bucks a pop, so if you're not worried about getting ultra hi-res, it's now a pretty affordable way to build a movie library.

A handful fetch decent money because the material hasn't been released on blu-ray or because the blu-ray release doesn't have all the cool extras the DVD has. Some of those DVDs, such as the Citizen Kane and Casablanca releases, are PACKED with fantastic extra material. Hell, the Roger Ebert commentary on Citizen Kane alone makes it worth a buy.
 
2020-09-13 3:51:46 PM  
Last time I compared the two, the DVD selection of movies was way larger than the streaming selection.
 
2020-09-13 3:55:08 PM  
BRD >> Streaming.

Also: Commentary tracks.

Also, selection.
 
2020-09-13 3:56:57 PM  
Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.
 
2020-09-13 3:58:16 PM  

shoegaze99: I've been selling off my DVD collection on eBay.  Sales are slow but steady. Still plenty of people who want them.

If you want physical media, they're a bargain, too. Most only go for a couple of bucks a pop, so if you're not worried about getting ultra hi-res, it's now a pretty affordable way to build a movie library.

A handful fetch decent money because the material hasn't been released on blu-ray or because the blu-ray release doesn't have all the cool extras the DVD has. Some of those DVDs, such as the Citizen Kane and Casablanca releases, are PACKED with fantastic extra material. Hell, the Roger Ebert commentary on Citizen Kane alone makes it worth a buy.


i have 1200+ DVDs/Blurays. I want them so if i want to see the movie it is right there. No having to worry if it is streaming.
 
2020-09-13 4:01:07 PM  

max_pooper: Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.


internets goes out my dvd player still works fine.
 
2020-09-13 4:12:38 PM  
My old roommate in college had a goal to obtain a terabyte of media.  No reason other than he could.
 
2020-09-13 4:23:17 PM  
If you like to watch older catalog titles, you can either get DVDs through Netflix, or you can subscribe to nearly a dozen different streaming services to cover all the different streaming licenses. It's not that crazy of a thing.  Plus, not everybody has amazing and reliable internet speeds.  I'll generally still prefer a blu-ray disc to streaming video most of the time.
 
2020-09-13 4:27:47 PM  

max_pooper: Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.


Not only that, lots of people don't even have internet access except via their phones.
Particularly lower income families.
Lots of kids can't do at home learning because they don't have iPads or Laptops, but also because they don't have any Internet.

We still have REDBOX kiosks around where I live.
 
2020-09-13 4:27:47 PM  
I have Comcast for internet access.  That's why we still receive DVDs from Netflix.
 
2020-09-13 4:29:18 PM  

yequalsy: Last time I compared the two, the DVD selection of movies was way larger than the streaming selection.


It's funny, the day they announced they were taking the Michael Jackson "Simpsons" episode off streaming, the price of DVDs that included it skyrocketed (thinking hundreds of dollars, but could be wrong).  I'd bought that season set for $3 at a used book shop the week before.
 
2020-09-13 4:29:54 PM  

Johnson: max_pooper: Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.

Not only that, lots of people don't even have internet access except via their phones.
Particularly lower income families.
Lots of kids can't do at home learning because they don't have iPads or Laptops, but also because they don't have any Internet.

We still have REDBOX kiosks around where I live.


Redbox is great. I get to see newer stuff quicker than waiting for streaming subscriptions to get them and a lot cheaper than paying for renting/buying digital versions.
 
2020-09-13 4:35:10 PM  

Johnson: max_pooper: Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.

Not only that, lots of people don't even have internet access except via their phones.
Particularly lower income families.
Lots of kids can't do at home learning because they don't have iPads or Laptops, but also because they don't have any Internet.

We still have REDBOX kiosks around where I live.


My brother lives in an area where even cell phones are spotty, and I'm not sure if he can even get internet in his home.  There's a library in a town about 12 miles away where he can borrow DVDs, and often requests what they don't have through the inter-library system.
 
2020-09-13 4:35:45 PM  

i_dig_chicks: My parents still get DVD's.  My grandparents used laserdisc.


I just threw out my pioneer laserdisc player and about 50 movies.  :\

I'm 43 and it was my parents.

It wasn't a hard decision to make when I fired it up a few weeks ago to play Star Wars for the kids and the picture quality was more than horrible and the sound was worse.
 
2020-09-13 4:46:53 PM  
I considered doing so in order to rip the DVDs/BDs for my Plex server, but didn't since it would have doubled the price of my Netflix sub.

/they don't have a disc-only sub option either
 
2020-09-13 4:53:43 PM  

germ78: /they don't have a disc-only sub option either


You're in luck, they still do. It's just tucked away on a separate website. Two different tiers. Price isn't bad.
 
2020-09-13 4:59:35 PM  
I still use Netflix DVD-by-mail service. There's tons of recent movies I'd like to see that are available on DVD, but not on a streaming service yet. And the ones that are streaming you have to hunt across multiple services to find.
 
2020-09-13 5:00:42 PM  

germ78: I considered doing so in order to rip the DVDs/BDs for my Plex server, but didn't since it would have doubled the price of my Netflix sub.

/they don't have a disc-only sub option either


The price was worth it considering I'd get three discs at a time, rip them and throw back in the mail the next day.  On average I was getting 12-15 movies a month added to my library.

Now that USPS is being farked with, I'm no where near getting that kind of throughput.
 
2020-09-13 5:01:21 PM  
Ive been saying it for years, if I opened a video store today I would do gangbusters!

There was nothing like walking around the store and seeing a cover box that caught your eye and taking a chance.

I gave away my VHS collection but I still have my DVDs.
 
2020-09-13 5:03:42 PM  
The DVD route is a good one since Netflix has a huge DVD catalog, and I work offshore where it is hard to get wifi
 
2020-09-13 5:05:20 PM  

yequalsy: Last time I compared the two, the DVD selection of movies was way larger than the streaming selection.


This.  I still subscribe to both.  Only on rare occasions is there an overlap between my DVD list and my streaming list.
 
2020-09-13 5:08:04 PM  

scotchcrotch: My old roommate in college had a goal to obtain a terabyte of media.  No reason other than he could.


A terabyte? That's adorable.
 
2020-09-13 5:35:33 PM  
I lost 4 large moving boxes full of DVDs when my storage unit was broken into, after I moved (among maaaaaany other things). Lots of stuff that is waaaaaaaaaay out of print and/or forever never going to be on the mainstream market, due to assorted rights. I'm slowly rebuilding my collection, but damn.

And yeah, so much of it is/was stuff that won't ever stream, such as a Chinese 'import' of Song of the South, or *ahem* convention exclusive releases of WKRP, The Tick, The Maxx, Corman's Fantastic Four, and so on.
 
2020-09-13 5:41:13 PM  

boozehat: It wasn't a hard decision to make when I fired it up a few weeks ago to play Star Wars for the kids and the picture quality was more than horrible and the sound was worse.


I got rid of my laserdisc player and movies when Harmy delivered SW:ANH at 720p. It had ceased to be useful.
 
2020-09-13 6:17:38 PM  

shoegaze99: I've been selling off my DVD collection on eBay.  Sales are slow but steady. Still plenty of people who want them.

If you want physical media, they're a bargain, too. Most only go for a couple of bucks a pop, so if you're not worried about getting ultra hi-res, it's now a pretty affordable way to build a movie library.

A handful fetch decent money because the material hasn't been released on blu-ray or because the blu-ray release doesn't have all the cool extras the DVD has. Some of those DVDs, such as the Citizen Kane and Casablanca releases, are PACKED with fantastic extra material. Hell, the Roger Ebert commentary on Citizen Kane alone makes it worth a buy.


I still buy Blu-rays/DVDs and rip them. I got sick of having to hunt endlessly to see which streaming service I have has the movie I want to watch. I've also refused to add another streaming service. I currently have netflix, hulu, and disney+. HBO max is a gimme and Amazon Prime is there because I have prime for the shipping, etc.

With all that there still have been a huge number of times when i couldn't find the movie I wanted to watch on any of those services.  If it's a movie I really like I will buy it and rip it because I genearlly don't like to pirate things. My "exception" is if the thing I want to watch in on one of those services in another country. That's what VPN is for.
 
2020-09-13 6:21:59 PM  
I wish Netflix in Canada did the mail dvd thing. There is a bunch of stuff I would love to watch that isn't really available streaming. We basically just hit up the charity thrift stores to find movies to watch. A few weeks ago I found the Iron Giant for $1.99 at Salvation Army.
 
2020-09-13 6:30:42 PM  
I wasn't a movie buff to begin with but I pretty much stopped watching movies nearly altogether when the physical DVD service was split off. I couldn't find anything I actually wanted to watch on either Hulu or Netflix using the search and browsing was unbearable because you had to wade through so much B-movie garbage. Eventually I just stopped trying.

I mean, there's other reasons, too, if I think about. I find universe-building/story arcs extremely boring -- it's a big reason I never got into any unanimated TV shows or novel series -- and now that plague has infected big budget action movies so half the crap out there gets a big meh from me.
 
2020-09-13 6:35:44 PM  
Back in the day I had 3 at a time DVD/BLU-RAY from Netflix. I lived across the street from the main Post Office. I would get my mail first around 9:00 A.M. I would watch my 3 discs and final drop off at the post office was 6:00 P.M. Every couple days I would get 3 new discs to watch.
 
2020-09-13 6:38:38 PM  

NeoCortex42: If you like to watch older catalog titles, you can either get DVDs through Netflix, or you can subscribe to nearly a dozen different streaming services to cover all the different streaming licenses. It's not that crazy of a thing.  Plus, not everybody has amazing and reliable internet speeds.  I'll generally still prefer a blu-ray disc to streaming video most of the time.


Even with the best internet speeds, blu ray virtually always looks better.  Streaming picture quality still remains a bit oversold
 
2020-09-13 6:43:36 PM  
Wow, subby, you're so edgy.

Really, it takes someone as ahead of the curve as you to figure you're getting a better deal just sticking with whatever the site's streaming licensing agreement allows.
 
2020-09-13 6:48:11 PM  
There's still PLENTY of big movies and tv series that you can not stream anywhere.

I always had a goal every year (when I was on the dvd plan years ago) to always watch every best picture nominee.

I've fallen way behind, but trying to catch up.  Very very few are available to stream and the ones that are are generally the low budget indie ones.  At some point here I'll cancel netflix streaming and switch back to dvds so I can do that.
 
2020-09-13 7:01:45 PM  

boozehat: i_dig_chicks: My parents still get DVD's.  My grandparents used laserdisc.

I just threw out my pioneer laserdisc player and about 50 movies.  :\

I'm 43 and it was my parents.

It wasn't a hard decision to make when I fired it up a few weeks ago to play Star Wars for the kids and the picture quality was more than horrible and the sound was worse.


Which is what's going to happen to pretty much all physical media in the next 20-30 years, unfortunately.  You'll still be able to get Lawrence of Arabia on the next version of 4K disc, but you can forget about Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, or 25th Hour, or whatever
 
2020-09-13 7:19:18 PM  

albuquerquehalsey: max_pooper: Not everyone has access to internet speeds that can handle decent quality streaming.

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I hope you made the quality that bad on purpose because that makes it ten times funnier.
 
2020-09-13 8:19:31 PM  
It's like streaming from a veeery local server.
 
2020-09-13 8:27:22 PM  

lifeslammer: Um subby, everyone knows what a dvd is. Hate to burst your bubble of arrogance

Come back when you talk about 8 track, VHS or laserdisk


"LASER" is an acronym so it is ALL-CAPS.

/Also in air quotes
 
2020-09-13 8:48:35 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: It is a KNOWN FACT that when a new technology becomes prevalent, all previous technology vanishes from the face of the earth and from people's memories.


We keep trying to hide vinyl, but those damn hipster are like Bonthans. Always finding a way through.
 
2020-09-13 8:52:35 PM  

Billy Liar: yequalsy: Last time I compared the two, the DVD selection of movies was way larger than the streaming selection.

It's funny, the day they announced they were taking the Michael Jackson "Simpsons" episode off streaming, the price of DVDs that included it skyrocketed (thinking hundreds of dollars, but could be wrong).  I'd bought that season set for $3 at a used book shop the week before.


I still kick myself for not buying the Scrubs DVDs. I always forget music copyright wears off, and the music is half the reason why the episodes are good. Not this Musak crap.

Also, don't binge sitcoms. Characters who are adorably abrasive to contrast with the naive good or dumb characters look like complete jackwagons after the 5th hour. JD is such a tool, even worse than Cox.
 
2020-09-13 8:56:53 PM  
"When I was your age, Netflix came through the mail" may one day replace "we had to listen to Skrillex to connect to the Internet."

Also, the idea of Netflix mailing you movies on DVDs now almost sounds like some bizarre comedic analogy, like the Simpsons flashback to a century ago where Mr. Burns' plant is powered by people smashing atoms with mallets.
 
2020-09-13 9:02:46 PM  
Never got into it while I was there, but American Samoa had a lot of fans of Netflix-by-mail when I was there, ending in 2010. Not only is their Internet far too shiatty for streaming, the local rental places mostly specialize in shiat movies and Netflix has a distribution center in Honolulu, one of the closest cities to us.
 
2020-09-13 9:06:18 PM  
Yeah why want to watch a good movie instead of settling for the made for Netflix pablum which is increasingly your only choice?  Ah you wacky old fogeys that do t want to just suckle at the low quality teat...
 
2020-09-13 9:34:05 PM  

yequalsy: Last time I compared the two, the DVD selection of movies was way larger than the streaming selection.


Came here to ask that question. Thx
 
2020-09-13 9:53:58 PM  
I like having DVDs. They don't need subscriptions, they work in internet outages, and I don't have to worry about shiat being pulled thanks to legal wonkery.
 
2020-09-13 10:12:39 PM  

Fireproof: Never got into it while I was there, but American Samoa had a lot of fans of Netflix-by-mail when I was there, ending in 2010. Not only is their Internet far too shiatty for streaming, the local rental places mostly specialize in shiat movies and Netflix has a distribution center in Honolulu, one of the closest cities to us.


Or should I say, amongst the people from the US mainland and some other first-world places as well, which comes out to like 10% of their relatively small population.

/The others are keeping those shiatty local rental places in business
 
2020-09-13 10:30:25 PM  

boozehat: i_dig_chicks: My parents still get DVD's.  My grandparents used laserdisc.

I just threw out my pioneer laserdisc player and about 50 movies.  :\

I'm 43 and it was my parents.

It wasn't a hard decision to make when I fired it up a few weeks ago to play Star Wars for the kids and the picture quality was more than horrible and the sound was worse.


Oh dude, I hope you didn't just throw all that out. Have you seen how much money you can get for laserdiscs on eBay?
 
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