Originally Posted by Artwood
Why do people rent movies? The way I see it either go to the theater or get DISH with every single channel they offer or BUY a movie that you really love. If you absolutely HAVE to see something just out at home you've still got pay per view.
Renting movies is so yesterday--who does that--the trailer park people who star on Jerry Springer?
no i don't live in a trailer. i have cable.(analog, digital and HD) everything TWC has to offer. also OTA antenna. DISH compressed crap sux IMO. I'd much rather rent DVDs and watch them at home, in my chair, in my controlled environment on my 60" TV and pop my own corn than go to a theater and have to deal with multitudes of people that cant shut up long enough to enjoy the movie. sorry but the group of kids talking smack, or the momma who just had to bring her crying newborn to the movies does not enhance the movie experience. i don't care to hear people laughing at what i don't think is funny or screaming at what i don't think is scary. they ruin the movie for me. I'd pose the question, Why would any fool want to go to the theater?
as for PPV i can usually rent a movie 1 or 2 weeks before it is available on PPV. rent DVD for 5 days watch as many times as i like, when i like, and loan to friends.
it is very rare that i purchase a movie to own.
now back to the topic of this thread. i just don't see downloads making disc's obsolete. not for movies anyways. music is another story(to my dismay). people for some reason just cant hear the difference. I can. the days of the CD album are numbered unless the manufacturers add more multimedia content to the disc and lower prices. there was a time when you could buy a whole album and like every song on it. that is rare anymore, causing a lot of people , especially the younger generations to just want the popular single. why pay $16 for a disc with 1 good song on it when you can download that song for $0.99 or free from P2P. then burn a compilation disc of what you like. i still know people who only have cassette players in their cars and haven't got a clue what an MP3 is. but download sales have topped CD sales and where do you find cassettes these days.
movies would have to burnable to disc after download, playable anywhere and be quick to download before the DVD-vs download war could start. people like having a movie they can loan out, watch anytime, anywhere (my house, your house, in the car). the war right now is not BD-vs-HDDVD. its HD-vs-SD. when Walmart has a $200hd player and the shelves at the rental store have a BD and/or HDDVD section it will mark the beginning of the end for SDDVD. however i feel like unless the HD disc makers add the SD version to the disc as well it will be a tough sell. at one time all disc were full screen then we began seeing dual full and wide, now most are wide and a few are available in both. disc makers need to have the HD version of a film packaged with the SD version at a reasonable price point before people begin to see the benefit of HD. heck theres only one other person in my hood with an HDTV and out of 300 people i work with only 5 of us have HD. i ask at a local Hollywood video when they would be carrying HD or BD and the managers reply was "thats the first time I've been asked that" "i have no idea" "probably when more people request it".