Originally Posted by nded
Unless you watch a movie 5 times, it's almost always going to be easier on your wallet to rent.
The issue is that you may want to watch the movie 5 years from now, or 10, or 15.
How many of the online subscription services that were in place 5 years ago are still around? 10 years ago?
How many files do you still have from your computer from 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 15 years ago?
How much legacy data do you have that's on 5" or 3 1/2" floppies (or even mag tape)? Do you still have a way to read the data?
How much data do you have that was generated by a long-defunct application? How would you restore it?
Ever had a hard drive crash?
Everything I have on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-Ray is still watchable today. I have far less risk of losing the ability to use the product I paid for with a physical copy than I would with a download. It's just not something I'm willing to pay for.....ever.
I tried to tell my kids thisa few years ago, and they wouldn't listen. Of course, they ended up signing up and paying for one of Sony's music download programs; it has now gone out of business, and they no longer have access to the files. Thus, their money went into Sony's pocket and they have nothig to show for it. They learned their lesson, and now only buy music on CD.