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DVDs, Blu-rays still more popular than streaming

By Emil
Apr 18, 2011
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  1. Consumers are still choosing DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (BDs) to watch movies over all other digital video options combined. Over the past three months, 77 percent of consumers reported watching a movie on a DVD or BD and they did so for an average of four hours per week. Both numbers are unchanged from the prior year. By comparison, 68 percent watched a movie on a TV or cable network channel, 49 percent at a theatre, and 21 percent paid for video on demand through their TVs.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,509   +314

    Emil, your from the UK right? So's me and Leeky and personally I choose DVD's/Blu-Ray's mainly because the internet in the UK is mostly rubbish for the best part, you are either one of the rare people who can get BT or Virgin Fibre but appart from those lucky sods everyone in the country (including myself) are stuck in the ice-ages of 50+ year old BT copper lines! thats my main reason for choosing them!
     
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    This isn't really too surprising... Streaming is far too limited at the present time, and internet speed (and quality) is often a crapshoot no matter where you are. Plus, if you tend to do things like travel internationally, you experience situations like being unable to stream outside of your home country. Want to watch a movie in the car or on a plane? Sorry, unless you want to fork out money for spotty in-plane wi-fi or put a nice dent in your wireless data cap (and often still fight with spotty reception).

    Streaming is a great idea, on paper. More and more media electronics have streaming software/services built in, adding to the convenience and encouraging adoption. I use streaming often at home (Netflix and Hulu), and love the ease of use and variety available there. But only there. We're an increasingly mobile-centric society, but streaming is still a very home-centric technology, at the moment.
     
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    I often watch movies on demand via BT Vision (our broadband is almost hitting 20mbit because we're not far from the exchange) but the HD stuff needs you to download 3 hours in advance, used to be 6. Not my definition of "on demand". Certainly needs some improvement before I'd switch to streaming, as HD streaming isn't that decent at present.

    Was considering trying out LoveFilm via PS3 but I've heard their online selection is a bit limited compared to what is available by post. Been considering dumping BT Vision and just getting a FreeviewHD box for UK broadcasts, but read recently that BT is hooking up with the UK channels and putting together a new product called "Youview" ( http://www.youview.com/ ). With this on the horizon I'm tempted to wait and get a "Youview" box and skip FreeviewHD.
     
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,333   +278

  6. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Booster Posts: 267   +29

    Definitely agree.
     
  7. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Born in the UK, but no, I live in Canada.
     
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,509   +314

    Good guess though! :)
     
  9. isamuelson

    isamuelson TS Rookie Posts: 96

    Plus, with streaming, depending on whether it's Netflix or if you purchased it via something like Amazon video-on-demand, with a DVD, I don't have to keep paying for it everytime I want to watch it. Plus, many streaming services do NOT offer the special features you get with dvd/blu-ray.

    I know that you do get special features with various iTunes purchases and Amazon offers some special features as well, but still, with Blu-Ray, you can get a lot more features than what streaming can offer.

    Plus, if for some awful reason, my internet goes down, I can't watch my movie!

    Streaming has its place and for many, it's nice if you don't want to have to search for the movie in your collection or if you don't have it and want to "rent" it to see if it's worth purchasing.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    Redbox, one dollar DVD rentals. And you want to stream why? Oh wait, it's just such a hassle to drive a mile then have the car carry that big, heavy DVD home.

    Plus they have Blu-ray and no data cap.
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I think streaming movies is pretty much my last choice in terms of how I would watch one, free or paid.
     
     
  12. agree'd, no data caps for true 1080p goodness. The streaming content cannot compete with that. Although on netflix I do enjoying watching old movies that will never look as good as the original even if it streams at 1080.
     
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    Yep, Redbox wins for me, usually. I have 4 of them within 1/2 mile of my house, and 3 near work, so picking up and dropping off is never an issue for me.

    I tend to use Netflix streaming for older movies, TV shows, etc. That's one area that streaming is pretty handy, you can have a much larger library of older media at your fingertips.
     
  14. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 913   +22

    I'm a mathematician, so let's do the math. People watch 4 hours a week, so that's 2 dvds a week, or 9 a month. To rent them at redbox cost $1 each, thus $9 for the month if they aren't bluray. My 700k dsl connection is $15 a month, not capable of streaming. To get cable internet, it's $70 in my area standalone, so $55 additional for streaming. Add to that the $10 or so netflix subscription and you get and additional $54 a month in order to stream. See the logic? I'll goto redbox, thank you. They even have bluray for $1.50. I can even get older movies at the library for free for a week's rental. FInally, there's the occasional viewer who might watch a movie only once in a while. Who wants all this overhead? I spend my time reading Techspot, not watching movies.
     
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 930

    I hope this trend continues so that we'll have the option of renting or buying optical media well into the future. Even if at some point in the future HD streaming could match the quality of Blu-Ray you still lose all the features of phsical media; menus, picture in picture commentary, extra content, etc. The movie studios would love to see everyone jump on board with streaming so that eventually they will be able to charge for every single viewing of a movie ... IMHO this is their long term goal.
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    IMO, there are a whole lot of people in the world stupid enough to walk right into the trap.

    "If DVDs are outlawed, then only outlaws will have DVDs"! (To pinch a phrase).
     
  17. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    My Latin is rusty, what does your sig say? Those who are about to be insulted, I salute you?
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    Bingo....! :rolleyes:
     
  19. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Knew that year wasn't wasted. In reply I say, cave canem.
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    An then there's this......
    (@Wikipedia)? A little googling is a dangerous thing. http://www.google.com/search?client...=1440&bih=821&q=cave canem&btnG=Google Search

    In my own fractured, piecemeal, look it up as you go, Latin, I probably would have gone with,"cave canis". Or would that have been too obvious?
     


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