Originally Posted by bac522
Ok I need to ask a different question...600+ movies...do you really think you'll re-watch all those again? I used to be similar with being a digital pack-rat with have about 100+ movies (and I thought that was a lot), but then one day realized that 95% of them I pretty much knew I wouldn't watch again. Now a days I keep about 15-20 of my favorites digitized that I do like to watch from time to time, but that's it. For those less interested movies but with the off-chance I might re-watch I usually can grab off of streaming service and usually for free if I'm okay with an ad or 2.
This is an interesting question, something that I've gone back over many times. It's not all that different from my picture collection and music: I digitized them over 10 years ago, and just keep adding to them. The initial time sink is huge, but adding a couple every month after that is pretty simple. I know many will think that "pictures are different", but I'm not sure.
Here's my thinking:
- I LIKE having the movies all ready and available, so we can scroll thru and just pick one. We watch a LOT of movies, and with a 2 and 4 y/o, they're still exploring many of the "older movies" that we've put away to never watch again
- IMO, having an online and browsable collection is no different than a quality 4k player, high-speed streaming service, or HD cable connection. It's just a component in my system that I need to "feel complete"
- Since my room is 9.4.4, (Atmos enabled), many streaming services aren't sufficient. I know that some are going that way, but without buying the Atmos disc, or buying an Atmos digital version, I can't take advantage of what the room can do
- It's really nice having all of the movies in large plastic storage bins, on the other side of the house. I don't have to manage the physical content to find Bambi 2, or Paw Patrol season 1, or make sure the containers are alphabetized so I can find them. Buy it, rip it, forget it.
- The alternative would be bookshelves, which we had before the number broke ~400 or so. At that point we were already outgrowing the second bookshelf, on the way to 3. I know we'd be past that 3rd, onto a 4th by now. That's just too much space now.
- There's a HUGE trend of folks dumping their physical media and migrating to streaming, which means it's a gold rush for folks like me that stick to discs. There are 2-3 different Used Bookstores near me that take books and media (CDs, movies, records, etc) in on trade, and resell them. At my favorite I can get 5 DVDS (don't buy them) or 4 BluRays or 3 4k for $10. They have pretty much everything in there, and I'm stocking up like crazy! For the price of one 4k UHD, I'm getting 10-15 movies every other week or so! Quote me next year, and I bet I've added another RAID array and broken 1k movies!
- Using that math, I can either "rent" one digital movie from the streaming service of choice, or buy it (actually for a few bucks LESS usually) and keep it forever? No brainer, IMO.
I understand that not everyone has my OCD-collector personality, and the ability to add a RAID array to their home. I know that lots out there think that it's archaic to even THINK about not streaming content. For those reasons (and I'm sure others), none of those points I made matter. That's ok, we all enjoy this hobby differently!
Just to continue the conversation, what're your thoughts on the above?