Weekend Open Forum: DVD, Blu-ray, digital or streaming?

By Scorpus ยท 35 replies
May 16, 2014
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  1. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 296   +125

    Stick with Blurays and DVDs. Bigger movies, action/adventure bluray, comedies and drama DVD. Rip them to my media server, and compress them to a level I find acceptable. Physical copies are stored as a backup.
  2. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,380   +168

    I don't have much time to see movies, but when I do it's mostly DVR recordings from cable. I occasionally buy a DVD or Blu-ray.
  3. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I've moved my entire DVD/Blu-ray library onto hard drive. It's so nice to clean out the entertainment center of all those movie cases. Hopefully the entertainment industry will eventually understand unless they offer their products at a reasonable price people are just going to continue to pirate them. I think streaming video is going to be the answer to this problem. I just purchased the second season of Vikings from Amazon Instant Video. I paid 16.99 for the entire season in SD which was DVD quality. I thought that was very reasonable for 7 hours of awesome commercial free entertainment. What other entertainment activity can you do for 7 hours for 16.99?
  4. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Mostly DVDs but I don't normally purchase when new. I normally wait for the price to be discounted or buy secondhand. Wife purchased a Blu-ray movie in error. Ironic as I did suggest replacing the DVD player as it is showing signs of age with a Blu-ray player.

    The only streaming I use is BBC iPlayer mainly to catch programs I miss. Frankly the quality leaves a lot to be desired especially when there is fast moving action. I also download podcasts and listen to catch up on the radio. That reminds me I must listen to yesterdays episode of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
  5. BeachDogDaytona

    BeachDogDaytona TS Rookie

    I only buy BR discs of my favorite movies (usually sci-fi). I haven't had cable TV for over 2 years now and don't miss it at all. Most of my entertainment is via streaming (Amazon Prime, Netflix, Plex etc.) using a XBox3 and a Roku III. My new fav is a HTPC I built with XBMC installed.
  6. Or better yet...go for the Hybrid option: get an HTPC (e.g. Acer Revo L) and use a PLEX Server to host your home media collection from your main PC and stream all your media around your home at 10-20 mbps. This way you can preserve lossless digital media in either FLAC and MKV. ;)

    Then simply supplement the HTPC rig with a Netflix and/or Hulu subscription.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Bluray. Best visuals, best audio, 6-channel for my system. $1 rentals from a video shop every Tuesday - can't beat that.
  8. I watch mainly DVD's, I still have a few old VHS movies that I will watch from time to time as well. Other than that I watch movies off the air as we have 3 or 4 broadcast channels that have quite a few movies, including the Movies channel.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,935   +762

    After dropping Dish Network about two months ago, we mostly watching OTA (four tuner setup using MediaPortal for recording) at the moment followed up by Streaming from content providers, Blu-ray/DVD, Hulu+, and Netflix.
  11. Streaming if you have a good network, or the Blu-ray

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