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post #31 of 69
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

OAR = Original Aspect Ratio

OTA = Over The Air

Just FYI.

-Suntan



Fingers typing faster than brain is working.
post #32 of 69
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Vudu is completely out of the question.

Not sure why you're completely disregarding Vudu....it doesn't cost anything to sign up (no subscription fees) and it's just a pay-as-you-go thing. You even get a $5.99 credit for signing up, which is good for a free HDX rental. At the very least you can get a free rental out of it, and doesn't cost you anything.

Also, for example, today you can get The Notebook for 5 cents (yes....a big fat nickle). Ok, maybe that's not a new movie, but c'mon...it's a freakin' nickle. I haven't seen it so will be renting it (if you rent it, you get 30 days to watch it, but once you start it, you only have 24 hours).

Yesterday you could've rented The Fighter for 99 cents, and that's certainly considered new. They also have a myriad of $2 for 2 days deals.

Obviously it sounds like their normal pricing is out of the question for you (and I agree it's expensive....although it is on-par with other VOD offerings and also gives you the best streaming quality you'll find). But given there's no monthly fee or anything, it's definitely worth keeping an eye on and using it occasionally. At least IMO.
post #33 of 69
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Originally Posted by mproper View Post

Also, for example, today you can get The Notebook for 5 cents (yes....a big fat nickle). Ok, maybe that's not a new movie, but c'mon...it's a freakin' nickle. I haven't seen it so will be renting it (if you rent it, you get 30 days to watch it, but once you start it, you only have 24 hours).

Is there a good web address to monitor the daily deals and whatnot for Vudu? Logging into my PS3 everyday to check it out is impractical.

Through a comedy of errors with Netflix one week, we ended up having to rely on Vudu for a movie viewing so I set up an account. I will say that they seem to have their stuff going on. Unfortunately, the fact that the PS3 doesn't support 24p playback of non-disc content means it is still just relegated to non-serious watching. But if I could keep an eye on their deals and find something I'm mildly interested in for pennies on the dollar, I'd be up for that.

-Suntan
post #34 of 69
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Is there a good web address to monitor the daily deals and whatnot for Vudu? Logging into my PS3 everyday to check it out is impractical.

Apparently it's now a 5 cent daily rental (I wonder if they got rid of the 99 cent rental...don't see that?) 5 freakin' cents!

http://www.vudu.com/movies/Movies.ht...lace:Showcases
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http://www.vudu.com/movies/Movies.ht...ailsPlace:3166

Or you can leap into 2008 and follow them on Facebook or Twitter (unless you're one of those ignorant "too cool for the technology that benefits you and that everyone else in the world uses because I think Facebook is only used for Farmville and talking with people from high school and don't realize you don't have to use it for that, just like you don't have to use email to talk to people you don't want to" people I partially kid only because it amazes me people still think as FB and Twitter as wastes, even though you don't have to use it for the things they think are wasteful)
post #35 of 69

Thanks.

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Or you can leap into 2008 and follow them on Facebook or Twitter (unless you're one of those ignorant "too cool for the technology that benefits you and that everyone else in the world uses because I think Facebook is only used for Farmville and talking with people form high school and don't realize you don't have to use it for that, just like you don't have to use email to talk to people you don't want to" people I partially kid only because it amazes me people still think as FB and Twitter as wastes, even though you don't have to use it for the things they think are wasteful)

Bingo.

But also it is the straight up fact that my company firewall blocks twitter and Facebook and I usually check in on this kind of stuff over my lunch hour (and... sometimes the other 8 hours of the day I am at work.)

-Suntan
post #36 of 69
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Originally Posted by Suntan View Post

Bingo.

But also it is the straight up fact that my company firewall blocks twitter and Facebook and I usually check in on this kind of stuff over my lunch hour (…and... …sometimes the other 8 hours of the day I am at work.)

That's why I follow them on Twitter and have anything they tweet sent to my phone (as a text). All Vudu tweets about are the 99 cent deals and a weekly photo contest for a free rental (so it's not like it spams me with text messages)

So I just get a daily text with what the deal is. And then a couple of additional ones each week (announcing the contest will be up in 15 minutes and when the contest is live).

You gotta take advantage of the technology, and not assume Twitter and Facebook are only for meaningless things like following friends who only post bible quotes and what they are having for lunch. They really can be a tool. Having to go to a website to check something everyday seems so old school (at least to me).

FWIW, they aren't blocked here, but are tracked, so I try to stay off of them at work (or use my smart phone).
post #37 of 69
The redbox facebook page has gotten me a few good deals. I imagine most of the video content providers have similar ones.

I also want to know what local rental stores offer DVDs and Blurays for cheaper than Vudu's pricing? I've never found them that cheap in the mom and pop stores here (certainly not Blockbuster.)
post #38 of 69
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The redbox facebook page has gotten me a few good deals. I imagine most of the video content providers have similar ones.

Ditto. In fact, I'm getting 50 cents of a Redbox rental today thanks to the Twitter feed and the code they posted (and I saved 50 cents yesterday). Sure you can find that stuff elsewhere online if you look for it, but just getting a text on my phone with it is so much more convenient (and doesn't cost me a thing). That's in addition to the multiple free codes they send me each month. Redbox does do a bit more "spam" though than Vudu...I'm up to 3 texts from them today (only one is a deal). Only had one yesterday though, but 5 the day before. But I have unlimited data and texting, so don't care.

Just pointing out deals and ease-of-use are out there if you take advantage of the services. Just find a lot of people are in the "social media is only good for following people from high school and playing Farmville" mindset.

Sorry to stray off topic in the Vudu thread. I wont' post anymore about it. Just trying to help people out.
post #39 of 69
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You gotta take advantage of the technology, and not assume Twitter and Facebook are only for meaningless things like following friends who only post bible quotes and what they are having for lunch.

Thanks. I'll try and keep up in this mad-capped world.

As it is, I'm not about to pay for text messages daily to try and save a buck or two every other month on a movie rental deal.

Clicking on one of those antiquated bookmark things isn't going to crush me beneath the mill of antiquity

-Suntan
post #40 of 69
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Thanks. I'll try and keep up in this mad-capped world.

As it is, I'm not about to pay for text messages daily to try and save a buck or two every other month on a movie rental deal.

Clicking on one of those antiquated bookmark things isn't going to crush me beneath the mill of antiquity

-Suntan

Wasn't meant to be any kind of personal attack. Just telling you the best way to be notified IMO. Sometimes I forget not everyone has a texting plan (much like email, I just assume people do).
post #41 of 69
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much like email, I just assume people do).

Well yeah, I have email... what do I need text messaging for?

But then, most people think I am behind the times because I still don't have cable...

-Suntan
post #42 of 69
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post

All on Netflix: I looked up The Big Bang Theory, Dogma, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and another I cannot recall atm. "DVD only." Looked up The Big Bang Theory on Hulu Plus. Not available.

I believe you already cancelled (not sure), but FWIW, Buckaroo Banzai is available now. I saw that and knew someone here had been looking for it.
post #43 of 69
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I believe you already cancelled (not sure), but FWIW, Buckaroo Banzai is available now. I saw that and knew someone here had been looking for it.

Thanks, MP. No, we haven't canceled yet. We may give it a month and see how much we use it. Actually found something interesting, courtesy of the "gems and finds" thread, IIRC: The Worst Week of My Life. It's got my wife and I in stitches. Much, much better than the US network TV re-work.

Jim
post #44 of 69
(From another thread, where it's off-topic).
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Mike, you sound like an intelligent guy. You certainly have a lot of posts to your credit. I take you as the kind of guy that has a State-Of-The-Art Home Theater system. A fantastic display and full blown 7.1 surround sound. Probably, top notch names.

Therefore, I cannot understand why someone of your status, would even consider using Netflix. I would think that you would only buy/rent HD/blu ray movies. Do you really care that it's only 8.00 a month? There's a reason it's only $8 a month. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.

Living on disability retirement benefits, I don't have the money for the latest and greatest and all of my A/V equipment is pretty middle-of-the-road. I find that I don't require BD-quality 1080p and lossless surround for everything, just for the big sound, big picture, special effects laden extravaganzas; for those I generally rent or purchase the BD.
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Therefore, I cannot understand why someone of your status, would even consider using Netflix. I would think that you would only buy/rent HD/blu ray movies. Do you really care that it's only 8.00 a month? There's a reason it's only $8 a month. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.

My most common use for Netflix streaming is to watch television shows that I didn't choose to watch when they first appeared, as well as British series that I don't get a chance to see at all. One example of the former is Warehouse 13--in the summer lull I'd taken an interest in it and set a "Season Pass" to record it on my TiVo, but had missed the first two seasons. I watched the entire first season on Netflix, in 1080p w/5.1 sound. Sadly the 2nd season isn't available on Netflix yet so I had to pick it up elsewhere, but even having the first season available was a good thing. I watched the first couple of seasons of Damages and some other stuff, am currently watching the UK version of Being Human before watching the more recent US version and plan to watch Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

Most of the movies that I've watched on Netflix have been indie films, like the Swedish "Millenium Trilogy" (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and its sequels), both Let the Right One In (also Swedish) and the US remake, Let Me In and Trollhunter (Norwegian--just a coincidence that the first ones that I thought of off the top of my head were all subtitled scandanavian films ).

Lately there've been an increasing number of recent films, like Limitless, Trespass, No Strings Attached and the 2011 remake of True Grit (they also have the 1969 John Wayne original). But if you're primarily interested in recent blockbuster theatrical releases, Netflix isn't where you'll find them. For $8/month, it's unreasonable to expect to.

I've been told that it great for people with kids. Not having any, I couldn't say for sure, but the Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb is a guilty pleasure of mine.
post #45 of 69
Thanks for some of the tips in this thread re Vudu and the 'cheap deals' - I never had a way to access Vudu before, but my newish panny BD player does include it.I hadn't realized you could just sign up for free and pay as you use it. Thought it was more like Huluplus, which I have little interest in using. With Netflix and Amazon, most bases are covered, but sometimes films or tv shows are on one and not another, or they WERE there then 'disappear' so this might be handy.
post #46 of 69
You can also get movies that haven't been shown in theaters yet. They come at a premium and are usually the art house genre of which there are fewer and fewer of those these days. Mark Cuban does that with some of his titles as does Lionsgate.
post #47 of 69
i apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, but do any of these streaming services actually stream 2.35 AR movies in OAR?
post #48 of 69
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i apologize if this has been answered elsewhere, but do any of these streaming services actually stream 2.35 AR movies in OAR?

Sure they do, but not always. I just watched Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol on VUDU last week and was surprised to see that it was 1.77:1 (or 1.85:1) rather than the theatrical 2.35:1. Usually you get OAR from VUDU.

I'm not sure whether Hulu Plus tends toward OAR for movies or not. When I briefly had it I used it for television series I'd not tried.
post #49 of 69
Patience is the key trait needed with NF streaming .. and with disk release of shows / films .. if you must watch a show immediately or soon after initial airing, then NF is not for you .. same with film content ..

Our media carts these days are filled to overflowing with choices .. NF / VUDU / Cinema Now / HULU / BB / Local Video Store / RedBox / & more ..

Yet none provide a one stop experience .. and, there's the cost ..

This is why CATV with OnDemand continues to be as close as it gets to ease of use and current content .. especially when factoring in sports and TV Series .. with a DVR and a willingness to keep up with programing it ..

And, one must consider how much value they are willing to pay for ..
post #50 of 69
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Mark Cuban does that with some of his titles as does Lionsgate.

Yet many of these are aired on HDNet sneak peeks CATV ..
post #51 of 69
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

Sure they do, but not always. I just watched Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol on VUDU last week and was surprised to see that it was 1.77:1 (or 1.85:1) rather than the theatrical 2.35:1. Usually you get OAR from VUDU.

I'm not sure whether Hulu Plus tends toward OAR for movies or not. When I briefly had it I used it for television series I'd not tried.

Vudu got an original aspect ratio copy this week. Once they encode it, it will replace the current cropped version.
post #52 of 69
Being curious (and obviously a bit bored and idle ), I went through the 76 films in my Netflix IQ; slightly more than half are in a scope presentation. Of the others, some of them were filmed 1.77:1 (or 1.85:1 and zoomed a little), though I'm not sure how many.
post #53 of 69
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Yet many of these are aired on HDNet sneak peeks CATV ..

Not all cable companies have HDNet Movies just the HDNet channel (as is the case with Comcast here).
post #54 of 69
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Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post

Thanks, MP. No, we haven't canceled yet. We may give it a month and see how much we use it. Actually found something interesting, courtesy of the "gems and finds" thread, IIRC: The Worst Week of My Life. It's got my wife and I in stitches. Much, much better than the US network TV re-work.

Jim

Funny show!
post #55 of 69
Another couple cents worth of input:

We cut the chord two years ago.

I use Netflix for a majority of our viewing (History Channel, Discovery, missed TV series, etc) and that keeps us pretty filled up.

But I supplement the current things that we miss OTA with the PlayOn Media Server. You can buy a lifetime license for $60.00 (or pay monthly or yearly if you have a fear of commitment ) Your streaming Blu-Ray player sees this as another server just like it does Windows Media Player. There are TONS of plug-in Channels to use. My kids watch all their PBS shows (and my wife her Antiques Roadshow) through the PBS channel. It also gets us HULU (I prefer it to HULU+) to view all the current shows that we miss. It is the absolute BEST. Plus it converts media stored on our computer "on the fly" through the VLC Player, so we can view videos that Media Player will not stream directly to the Blu-Ray.

Hope that helps
post #56 of 69
My very first post on this forum!

This past Saturday - 5/12/12 I finally decided to cut my Cable Service. I used to have a $90 a month HD DVR Plan with Cox. A few reasons why I increasingly felt that cable wasn't worth the cost:

1. For movies I currently exclusively rent HD from iTunes. I love the quality plus I have the option to buy and save the movie on iCloud and can be easily accessed from any computer plus my iPad.

2. I use my iPad along with AirPlay on my Apple TV. The user interface is great and all video apps will default to full screen on my Pioneer Plasma.

3. I also have Netflix, the UI on the Apple TV (just my humble opinion) is the best and the HD video quality is also very good. I used to have a Roku Player with Netflix and Amazon VoD. However, with AirPlay and Apple TV I find the integration much smoother. It also helps that I can redeem the points on my corporate Am-ex card for iTunes credit!

4. I have a pretty large collection of Blu Rays - around 250 films or so (if not more) from when I used to collect physical media. When it comes to video and audio quality it is the best, but I live in an 11th floor condo and iTunes HD movies via an Apple TV and Netflix works great. I also found that streaming from an iPad to the Apple TV via AirPlay has the same video quality as direct from Apple TV. So, if you are in the Apple ecosystem the combination of an iPad + Apple TV will give you access to a huge quantity of games and content that you can play on your TV.

5. The one big hole is ESPN, but to me it wasn't worth $90 a month. Also, since I have an HTPC connected directly to my TV I don't need something like PlayOn.
post #57 of 69
Netflix is, bar none, the best of the three.
post #58 of 69
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Netflix is, bar none, the best of the three.
In what sense? VUDU has by far the best picture quality, often very close to BD. Of course, Netflix is inexpensive all-you-can-watch service. I don't personally care for Hulu because of the unavoidable ads it carries.
post #59 of 69
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

In what sense? VUDU has by far the best picture quality, often very close to BD. Of course, Netflix is inexpensive all-you-can-watch service. I don't personally care for Hulu because of the unavoidable ads it carries.

I was really impressed with Vudu a few months back when I first tried it. Picture quality was close to Blu Ray and AQ was pretty good as well with the supposedly DD+ but lately, to me at least, the AQ sounds highly compressed. The last movie i watched was John Carter and it sounded like it was streaming a 2ch mix and even the movie trailers section sound highly compressed as well as other movies I've rented or previewed for 10 minutes. This wasn't the case months ago, anyone else here experiencing the same?
post #60 of 69
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I was really impressed with Vudu a few months back when I first tried it. Picture quality was close to Blu Ray and AQ was pretty good as well with the supposedly DD+ but lately, to me at least, the AQ sounds highly compressed. The last movie i watched was John Carter and it sounded like it was streaming a 2ch mix and even the movie trailers section sound highly compressed as well as other movies I've rented or previewed for 10 minutes. This wasn't the case months ago, anyone else here experiencing the same?

VUDU audio has always sounded compressed. It has never been anywhere close to BD audio quality. Especially with the newer 7.1 audio tracks on Vudu. But still, for only a 9Mb/s bitrate, 3 bar HDX the picture quality is impressive for that low bitrate. And by using DD+, the audio quality should be better than if DD was used at the same audio bitrate.
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