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View Poll Results: How Do You Watch UHD Movies: Streaming or Disc
I only stream UHD movies 56 10.87%
I only watch UHD movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray 160 31.07%
I mostly stream UHD movies but purchase my favorites on disk 80 15.53%
I mostly watch Ultra HD Blu-ray but stream when it's convenient 136 26.41%
I'm at a point where it's about 50-50 31 6.02%
There is no rhyme or reason to my viewing habits 7 1.36%
I don't watch movies in UHD 45 8.74%
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post #31 of 118 Old 04-03-2019, 12:03 PM
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I have a great broadband connection, but I very rarely stream "4K" content unless it is not available on disc. First, audio quality is super important to me, and DolbyDigital+ is pretty much trash. Second, the exceptionally poor quality of Netflix "DolbyVision" streams are just repulsive - they are literally worse in banding and other artifacts than other non-"DolbyVision" titles. The OA and the Umbrella Academy are excruciating to watch at times.

Hmm.... that's too bad, I don't have that problem. The DV quality on both Netflix and VUDU is excellent.

Audio is a different matter, but if I want good audio (or just want to) , then I pop a disk in.
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I support physical media. I have 250 UHD Blu-rays, 1,200 Blu-rays and some DVD’s that aren’t available on BD. I want to own my movies. I’ll watch Netflix for originals etc. I want the best possible PQ and AQ.

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I don't support or condone digital streaming. It's supporting a system that will one day deny people their rights of ownership. If steaming wins, studios will sell you a full priced digital code that at anytime can be switched off, modified or simply removed from your "possession". If they don't like how or where you got your code an instant flip of the switch will remove your access to it. It's no different than if they broke into your home and took it back. Convenience "laziness" is leading us down a dark path. It's already happening in the gaming industry. You can spend a $150 on a digital deluxe edition of a game that you never actually see or touch except for what's in some cloud server somewhere and then when you are all finished with it you have no rights to the licence. You cannot sell it or trade it. You are forever stuck with a digital code assigned to your account that you have no use for anymore. This is where studios want to take us and all the lazy asses out there "renting" and streaming is making it a reality. Imagine you want to have movie night with your family and your internet is down. Not so cool now when you decided that streaming was easy and convenient.
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I prefer UHD discs but I also buy digital for movies I don't think are worth owning on disc...

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There going to have to come up with some heavy streaming at affordable prices if the future is now heading toward 8K non-compressed digital sound streams.. If I luv a movie I will purchase it... Play the extras... And enjoy it over and over again... To me, there's nothing like a 4K HDR Movie playing off of an Oppo 203... I'll stream when I'm bored and want to watch older movies I don't own.. 😀🍿
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If I have the movie on disk, and it's also available via streaming, I still perfer to watch the Disk, Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray.
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All 4k UHD Disc for me. I didn't spend all that money on HT gear to watch a "4k" compressed stream with lackluster audio.
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I've only had a 4K HDR TV and BD player for a little more than a month and I don't have as much free time to enjoy it as I'd like so my viewing habits/preferences don't really have a consistent pattern yet. If I read the poll literally and focus on movies then I'm at 100% disc but if I look at content then the balance shifts to streaming (The Expanse!!).

I expect that the % for Movies will trend mostly towards disc...if its worth watching in 4K HDR its worth getting it on disc.

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How about "I mostly watch Ultra HD Blu-ray but stream when there is no other option"
I picked "only UHD", because fundamentally that is the case when the movie is available on UHD Blu. Will still watch random movies with Mrs. Couch Viking on Netflix or Amazon that will never make it to disc.

If one of my favorite movies is coming out on UHD disc, or I think that it might, I will just hold off on watching it period until it does come out. I'm refusing to watch Lawrence of Arabia in UHD streaming because I am positively willing a disc into existence.
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In my case, I would have to use my imagination since my Internet's been going strong for years without interruption. But that statement comes with a huge caveat. That's after switching from Comcast to Verizon FIOS. Before that, I considered Internet unreliable. But now, I'd consider a power failure a more likely show-stopper than Internet going down.
I've had their fastest DSL (up to 20 Mbps) which would test between 13 to 17 and drive YT 4K into buffer at times, AmzPrime 4K never looked 4K.

Being all underground (Copper) to my home did make it super reliable though. Now they've (CenturyLink) gone Fiber-optic which goes up to the telephone poles at my property's edge, but just halfway up stringing along with the Comcast lines. They said they had no 'field' capability for splicing Fiber-optic and so they cut my underground. Since it's 450' across four poles to a wire hung connection junction they used a 500' single fiber line and left it dangle through the oak trees etc. branches. First mild windstorm kinked the Fiber-optic and my (80 Mbps {tests consistently at 77 Mbps on WiFi} and it's GB capable) internet along with my telephone service was out for eight days (December 21st to 29th) for a new replacement 500' line install and we have a storm season ahead.

Haven't streamed anything beyond YT so far, but looks like I'll need to buy a 4K BD that's 3D capable soon. I've left the TV's dumb for now, bought a Stream+, but no Prime (or Netflix) available on it yet.

I record more than I can watch on a DVR+ for now from a broadcast antenna. So didn't vote yet.
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Where is the "I stream locally UHD discs" lol UHD discs are so simple to remux aand put on a local server, it makes it way more convenient when youre too lazy to get up and change discs
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Love this discussion.... I am so confused these days...
Before 4K - I used to buy Blu Ray Discs and have a Kaleidescape Premier System with the Vault - put all my Blu Rays on the Premier or the Vault.
100 of my 1080P collection was at one place and one click away...
With 4K I am all confused these day and here is how I buy and store my movies:
Blu Rays same as before - discs and Kaleidescape Premier and Vault.
Favorite rewatch 4K - on my Kaleidescape Stratos and Terraserver
Those 4k Kaleidescape does not provide immersive audio - UHD BD Discs
All other movies 1080p or 4k which are no rewatch for example the movie 'simple favor' in UHD - Apple TV 4k or Vudu Streaming.
All this madness is organized on the app my movies pro - as my collection is now all over the place.
I was never a streaming fan but after Stranger Things on Netflix and recently Highwayman - 4k HDR ATMOS streaming - this is getting better as time goes by and is most definitely the future.
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I've been renting UHD 4K streams usually on Vudu. I have google credits, so I've purchased a few UHD movies on Google Play which will convert over to VUDU. With that said, for my favorite movies, (Blade Runner 2049, Dead Pool 2, Ant Man and Wasp etc), I'll purchase the 4K Bluray Disc for visual, but mostly audio quality

My player does not support DV, so looking into that in the next 6 months or so.
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I don't watch 4K movies, I don't have a 4K TV although my receiver is new enough that it supports 4K. I want to watch 4K but I don't see the point of upgrading something that suits my needs.
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I don't watch 4K movies, I don't have a 4K TV although my receiver is new enough that it supports 4K. I want to watch 4K but I don't see the point of upgrading something that suits my needs.
I have put together a pretty decent HT. I appreciate the quality of UHD 4K. I own a stack of discs now but would rent in heart beat no interest in owning. I look forward to streaming catching up and it will. But I look even more forward to first run first day to the home. This will come as well.
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Movies and made-for-TV shows are ephermial enough that I (usually come to) regret the ones I've purchased. So maybe streaming is a better alternative? I dunno. If I buy something I want to _have_ it not just the right to view it. A paradox.
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ANY movie that has a great soundtrack will be viewed on shiny disc. If it is primarily a "relationship" movie (that I know I will NEVER watch again), AND the audio is not critical to the viewing experience, then streaming makes sense. That is true for both SDR and HDR.
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Previously I would have said I play the UHD disc but I recently ripped my entire UHD library and have them on my plex so I'd have to say I stream them now, but not from VUDU or any of the online services. Quality from those streams isn't the same but I get amazing results from my own rips.
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Almost entirely streaming for me. I pay 10%-20% of the price of a disc for the digital copy. I expect the quality of it will continue to advance over the next few years. I am completely unconcerned about the ownership issues others have mentioned.

I was addicted to disc collecting during the DVD era and now have nearly 1,000 of them taking up space and collecting dust. I won't make that mistake again.

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I picked "only UHD", because fundamentally that is the case when the movie is available on UHD Blu. Will still watch random movies with Mrs. Couch Viking on Netflix or Amazon that will never make it to disc.

If one of my favorite movies is coming out on UHD disc, or I think that it might, I will just hold off on watching it period until it does come out. I'm refusing to watch Lawrence of Arabia in UHD streaming because I am positively willing a disc into existence.
Right on, solidarity.
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Amazing, how the kids (under 40s) are gravitating to the sound aspects of 4K UHD discs, particularly Atmos. That may be what keeps the disc turkey afloat. Thanks, Marvel.

They haven't made much 4K UHD disc money off this household--Harry Potter (8 films); Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; Sicario: Day of the Soldado; Murder on the Orient Express; The Greatest Showman; The Girl on the Train; Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Bohemian Rhapsody.

As others have stated, where are the greats on 4K UHD disc? No matter that the last bus for good movie writing left long ago.

Streaming. On average per week, I watch several hours of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. For the most part, it's glorified TV. Nothing too memorable. HDR helps some. Of course "the kids" want more, "Where's my Dolby Vision, my Atmos?

And then there's the projectionists....

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streaming as the age of the disc is largely coming to an end for me...

a) i enjoy all of my stuff on one interface and video quality is pretty close at this point (as far as I am going to notice).
b) i enjoy being able to rent a movie easily that i may not even want to watch
c) i wish that streaming audio was just as good... but in many movies the audio being +/- is not critical to the movie
d) So many movies frankly suck, that I have not watched nearly as many lately as I used to when I was younger.
e) I watch so many new things in a series format that my time to worry about movies/discs has diminished.
f) I have gotten tired of the non-stop PC culture and national posturing in hollywood where my money goes to support ideologies instead of better movies. Since political discussion is not allowed on forums, I will simply say that I feel like an idiot sending my money to these people and the less of that I can do, the better. I know I am not alone in this. I don't even mind political intrigue movies and TV but I do think they need to have writers that do a better job on working on viewpoint diversity. Too much clear cut propaganda now. It has become too predictable.
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Steaming or 4K blu ray player

A 4K disc on a 4K player on an OLED is the best picture
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We are years away from upgrading to uhd 4k. Don't think i'm missing much but more bills. If our 1080p hdtv sets break, then i'll think about an upgrade. Consensus on these forums are that affordable $919 TCL 75S423 is underwhelming.
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if I'm actually PAYING for movie, I want it in the absolute best quality available. If I'm spending $ then its Ultra-HDR/4K blu-ray or nothing. No blu-ray, certainly no DVD and not even iTunes/equivalent.

The only exception is Netflix 4K/DV movies. The quality is good enough, and the 4k/DV original shows look absolutely amazing, and well worth the $12/month subscription fee.
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My 4K collection is 90% discs and 10% digitals. On digital I usually collect titles that are digitally exclusive 4K (Mostly using Vudu).
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I prefer disks all the way due to the difference in audio as many have said. Streaming audio sucks in comparison with my system. With that said, I was just reading up on eARC and it seems the audio issue may be fixed with that feature. The question is will Netflix and Amazon move to lossless audio when eARC is widely adopted and available?


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100% stream ever since i got the apple tv 4k
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