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imagic 04-03-2019 06:00 AM

How Do You Watch UHD Movies: Streaming or Disc?
 
The past few years have seen tremendous growth for streaming video. Now, you can enjoy 4K UHD with HDR from multiple sites including heavy-hitters like Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix and Vudu. The result is that streaming movies finally look good, even on big screens. However, Ultra HD Blu-ray remains the gold standard for quality.

This poll is intended as a snapshot in time, to see what the current state of streaming vs. disc happens to be. Of course, this is not a purely binary question since it's possible to mix-and-match streaming and disk-based content. The question is, have you succumbed to the temptation to watch digital releases that are typically available weeks ahead of the UHD BD version? Are you the patient type, who waits to watch a movie in the best format you can get your hands on? Or perhaps you don't think that UHD is worth it all!

typ44q 04-03-2019 06:11 AM

How about "I mostly watch Ultra HD Blu-ray but stream when there is no other option"

lizrussspike 04-03-2019 06:19 AM

Streaming is convenient, and with the option to have the UHD disc and early viewing is a nice feature. I share an account with my folks, so they can watch the releases on Vudu, but do prefer the audio on the disc.

Charles Tintera 04-03-2019 06:20 AM

I _was_ using a PC to watch BlueRay UHD movies on disk, I have 2. But I understand now that with Win 10 I'd need a commercial player app for that. We also have a BlueRay player I can use with our "Smart" TV (Vizio).
Obviously we're not that much of a UHD family.

imagic 04-03-2019 06:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by typ44q (Post 57847314)
How about "I mostly watch Ultra HD Blu-ray but stream when there is no other option"

That's basically a synonym for "convenient" :D

GunmetalR56 04-03-2019 06:30 AM

Disc unless its on Netflix/Amazon and I don't already have the disc.

AVS Commenter 04-03-2019 06:46 AM

I do both. I also think visually, the quality is the same on my set up. For audio though, disc still wins.

storey 04-03-2019 07:29 AM

I stream my 4K content because I don't have anything that plays 4K discs. My xbox one is the only thing that plays discs and it doesn't do 4k. I would consider buying a 4K player but it seems like the good ones are around $500 and the next gen xbox should be coming out pretty soon and I will buy it when it becomes available to play 4K discs. I will still probably stream most stuff and just buy discs for my favorites.

thrillcat 04-03-2019 07:36 AM

I am actually about 50-50, but I chose primarily disc, but stream when it's convenient. My real thought process wasn't listed. I prefer disc, and will only watch disc if it's action, or something that is an audio-visual feast. But, for example, we watched Crazy Rich Asians the other night, I wasn't expecting much, so we streamed it.

I have also been doing the VUDU Disc+Digital deal for things I'm really excited about but missed in the theater. I'll stream the UHD version during the early release, then they ship a copy of the UHD disc on release day, and I'll rewatch that for full quality. Did that recently with Bohemian Rhapsody and Into the Spider-Verse.

rec head 04-03-2019 07:48 AM

I'm still renting discs. https://www.store-3d-blurayrental.com/default.asp is great. I voted for "I mostly watch Ultra HD Blu-ray but stream when it's convenient" but now that I'm thinking about it I can't remember the last time I watched a non-disc movie that wasn't a NF original.

Zoland2020 04-03-2019 08:26 AM

I only stream 4K if it's a movie that don't have 4K Blu-ray at all (such as Edge of Tomorrow and Blindspotting for examples), otherwise I'm team 4K Blu-ray all the way.

dnoonie 04-03-2019 08:40 AM

I voted only UHD BD.
I actually also view movies on 1080 BD but prefer UHD BD. I don't stream movies, I will stream TV shows though.
Cheers

toddwz 04-03-2019 08:48 AM

I don't own both so I have to magically upscale all 1080p content to UHD in my head. :)

ACEdubs 04-03-2019 08:53 AM

Its been a couple years since I've used a disc for any movie or game. :cool:

romper 04-03-2019 09:14 AM

I love the quality of 4K disks but I only own one "Braveheart" and have "Alien" on preorder. The rest of the 4K disks I watch I rent from Redbox which has a limited supply but is growing with new releases. Being retired I don't buy disks like I used to, especially since the kids are grown and gone. If an old favorite or classic comes along in 4K I'll get it. I know Amazon has "Lawrence of Arabia" to rent or buy in 4K but I'd rather own the disk for better sound, picture and extras.
Meanwhile I'm happily gobbling up most everything Amazon and Netflix has to offer in 4K.

Mashie Saldana 04-03-2019 10:00 AM

What if if you stream UHD rips from your server?

Falonious 04-03-2019 10:09 AM

I can't stream.....anything......no broadband internet where I live. I can only get online at home with the hotspot on my phone through a VERY weak and spotty Verizon signal. :(

Life is cruel sometimes. I had it when I lived in the city....but I wouldn't trade the peace and quite where I am now for broadband.

imagic 04-03-2019 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wookiegr (Post 57848436)
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.

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.

DAB 04-03-2019 10:44 AM

I'll purchase UHD for great movies- mostly Sci-fi/ Marvel MV U. Other than that, just a good BR, works for most content.... Thu YMMV........ Movie by Movie.
I would like to see a SPACE- NASA/hulbert /anyone else... just space scenes... as background - like a museums slideshow.. just to make the Display give some interest during a party.

Soccerdude 04-03-2019 10:52 AM

For the past 2yrs I bought 50 HD/4k titles from iTune store via 4kATV when they're on sale . So far so good but I still think hard disc far more superior to streaming especially the audio even tho ATV went Dolby Atmos .

tezster 04-03-2019 11:00 AM

90% disc, 10% streaming (NOT counting subscription streaming i.e. Netflix/Amazon).

Basically, if I can grab a 4K digital copy of a half-decent film in iTunes for a dirt cheap price, I'll make use of that option. Otherwise, it goes on my list of UHD titles to purchase.

AVS Commenter 04-03-2019 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wookiegr (Post 57848436)
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.

lol

hernanu 04-03-2019 11:05 AM

I voted 50% UHD Disk / 50% streaming.

If (as happens often) I'm on my Roku Ultra into my OPPO 203 input, I will go into Netflix or Vudu. If I'm using my display (Vizio PQ65) apps, I use Netflix and Vudu mostly. In both cases, I get very good display of UHD and 1080p movies / original content.

In the case of original content, there is usually no equivalent disk, so streaming is the only source. Netflix in particular has very good content in DV, so streaming is very useful.

For streaming movies, VUDU is my go to. I have about thirty or so UHD movies that I "own" on VUDU. I say this in full knowledge of the vagaries of legal ownership on a streaming provider and that it may go away. Most of those movies were redeemed from digital rights applied from UHD Disk purchases.

So if the digital rights apocalypse strikes, I have my fallback. The few I bought on VUDU without buying the disk are either inexpensive or ones I wouldn't spend disk prices to buy or both.

One aside - there are movies on VUDU which I have bought by using a DVD which are not available on bluray but are available on VUDU as 1080p. This gives you a much better version of ... for example "the 13th warrior" or "the milagro beanfield war". Excellent movies which apparently did not make the bluray publishing cut.

UHD disks are my preference, but only if I think they're worth while. Netflix in particular and VUDU are very good platforms for me, so 50/50 it is.

Cheddarhead 04-03-2019 11:25 AM

DSL with a max of 10/1 so yeah physical disks it is for UHD movies.

NetFlix and the TV actually will report a 4K stream with my 10/1 connection but then nobody else in the house will be able to use the connection for anything.

KSpan 04-03-2019 11:31 AM

We have a Family Video with lots of UHD BRs near us so I prefer to rent the disc whenever possible. If it's something on a service we subscribe to I probably won't go out of my way to get the disc if it's available, but I don't buy any physical media unless it's on a large sale, like down to $10 or less.

p5browne 04-03-2019 11:42 AM

2 to 3 4K UHD disks re my BD Player, a month.
Internet service in my area sucks, despite 300 MBPS service.(End of the line, 30 year old cable, in ground line.)
98% of viewing is off satellite which has a wide variety of what actual resolutions you get. But definitely can tell when digital cameras were being used. You can get some beautiful looking videos off satellite if they're digital.

santa rosa peter 04-03-2019 12:04 PM

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.

GoZags13 04-03-2019 12:54 PM

How about this: if the kids are watching a movie I'll stream it because of conveinence and they'll probably get bored halfway through. If I own the movie on disc I'll use the disc, but if I don't own it then the only way I watch it is on Netflix or Amazon. I refuse to pay to rent a stream of a movie because usually I can buy the disc for slightly more and have it forever (new movie rentals seem to be $20, new 4K usually is $25-30).

Also another key consideration to me is audience. If I invite 10 people over to watch something, I am not going to risk buffering or that Netflix goes down. Yes it's rare, but so is getting everyone together for a movie night.

RagtopFE 04-03-2019 12:57 PM

100% 4K UltraHD Disc

TommyDeVito 04-03-2019 12:58 PM

I tried streaming from Amazon and Netflix, it sucks in my opinion. I'd rather watch a 1080p Blu Ray disc and let my tv's upscale than stream 4k. I loathe streaming altogether, and still pissed that Netflix doesn't offer 4k discs as part of their mail DVD/Blu Ray program that I have been using for 20 years. I prefer the audio off the disc as to my ears it sounds much better than this streaming nonsense. And I have gig fiber to the house btw. Streaming is right up there with the popular social media apps, all trash to me, I loathe it all, with gusto. I use a satellite dish for cable content. I've got competitive pricing on it for the only thing I watch (movie channels) and I put up with the 1080i/compression because if my internet goes down it does not affect my channels so it's a redundancy thing. Everything going over the wire (fiber/coax/copper) means if your internet connection goes down everything goes down.



Phones cost more than decent quality displays (50" and below) now. It's a different world and I guess I'm turning into get off my lawn.


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