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View Poll Results: Where Do You Get Your Movies?
Purchased Blu-rays 942 30.56%
Purchased DVDs 210 6.81%
Rented Blu-rays from video store 108 3.50%
Rented DVDs from video store 27 0.88%
Rented Blu-rays from Redbox 319 10.35%
Rented DVDs from Redbox 73 2.37%
Rented Blu-rays from Netflix 276 8.96%
Rented DVDs from Netflix 98 3.18%
Online streaming (e.g., Netflix) 558 18.11%
Online rentals (e.g., Vudu) 162 5.26%
Online purchases (e.g., iTunes) 124 4.02%
Cable/satellite video on demand 173 5.61%
Cable/satellite premium broadcast (e.g., HBO) 239 7.75%
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post #1 of 213 Old 05-22-2014, 04:31 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of AVS members use their main home-theater system to watch movies—duh! So what I'd like to know is, where do you get the movies you watch? Of course, most folks get movies from a variety of sources, so you can select all the items above that apply to you. As always, I'm eager to learn the reason for your choices and any thoughts you have about the various delivery options—especially which online services you prefer and why—so please post a comment after making your selections.

 

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I placed a vote down for all that applies for meez.


My main critical viewing is of course from Blu-ray.

Next best quality is Redbox Blu-ray as my grocery store is just 5mins away.

Now if I am paying for something sorta new but going to stream it will be either Amazon Prime VoD/Vudu

I also get HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz if it's on live, DVR'd or OnDemand

But usually I'm just using Netflix and watching TopGearUK on infinite loop or something else random. biggrin.gif




I do NOT rent from rental stores, purchase digital versions *shudder* or use NF disc rental services.
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Can't beat BDs delivered to my door... I get a 3 day turnaround time. Put the disk in the mailbox on Wednesday and the next one from my queue is there, waiting for me on Friday. I've only had problems with 2 or 3 disks in about 4 years.

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Bluray all the way
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I love the shinning discs. If titles are not available on blu rays, then I will opt for dvds.
I will not rent, I will not stream!!!
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Can't beat BDs delivered to my door... I get a 3 day turnaround time. Put the disk in the mailbox on Wednesday and the next one from my queue is there, waiting for me on Friday. I've only had problems with 2 or 3 disks in about 4 years.

This was how I went about obtaining movies for years until Blockbuster discontinued the service last December 31st. I haven't switched to delivery from Netflix yet I used to subscribe to their largest plan. I haven't switched over to Netflix delivery yet, but I have considered it, even though they charge a premium up-charge for BD availability.

We just don't rent much in this house though, which it why we have over 3,000 discs lining the walls.
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I have been pleasantly surprised by how quickly the quality improved for Netflix Streaming and Amazon Instant Video. I prefer to watch Blu Ray discs (usually from Netflix, but sometimes purchased), but am now willing to watch movies on my plasma TV via Netflix Streaming or Amazon.
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Buy blurays much better quality than streaming in both audio and video.
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Blueray all the way, if at all possible, renting isn't an option at all since anyone who supplied this has closed down.

Use Netflix streaming for TV series but while I watch that I'm mostly just listening to it while browsing internet forums on the tablet, when I find a good deal on bluerays for a TV show I really like I get those as well on blueray.
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I usually buy blu's on day one ie Disney movies or ones I missed in the theaters that I really wanted to see. The other blu's I buy are usually on sale/discounted, then it would be Redbox. I haven't used netfilx for a while because most Blu's that I wanted to watch were put on 'super long wait' status.
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Purchased blu-rays. I like having a physical collection and I'm too picky about audio and video quality.

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Bluray rentals via 3dblurayrental.com. If i LOVE a movie, I'll purchase the bluray disc.

http://www.stores-3d-blurayrental.com/servlet/StoreFront
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Bluray! I love Redbox.
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I buy all my blu rays from amazon

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I go to the public library and load movies onto Vudu in Bluray quality for 2.50/ea then each HDX movie is shared with my entire family in different cities. In fact just today loaded fifteen titles for 38.00 (can't beat the price).
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Buy Blu-Rays. Usually new for new releases and head over to the used music store (which carries used Blu-Rays) to fill my back catalog wants.
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So, I think the results of this survey proves that physical media is still in demand (especially for AV enthusiast). This is why I cringe when I hear rumors about Blu-Ray UHD being cancelled. Even if you have the best internet connection, the PQ for streaming just can't match up to the PQ of Blu-Ray. Not to mention if you don't have a fast connection or you have many devices accessing the internet at the same time your streaming experience will not be smooth.

I don't know about you, but there is nothing that sucks me out of a movie faster than seeing a "Loading" or "Buffering" screen. Worst yet, it always seems to need to buffer right when things are getting good, you know those edge of your seat moments.

Blu-Ray all the way!
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In order of priority:

1. Rent Blu-ray
2. Rent DVD
3. Buy Blu-ray
4. Watch on premium cable channels.

I like to watch a lot of movies but only purchase a hard copy if I have seen and love a movie or know in advance the title is one I want to own.
I mostly rent from Redbox. Blu-rays are first pick but sometimes they only have it on DVD so I'll rent it and look for a Blu-ray copy if I want to buy it.

Then there's HBO, Cinemax, etc. but they are only showing a NEW movie about once every 3 months! The rest I've already seen, are 10 years or more old or I am not interested in. If it weren't for shows like Game of Thrones and Strike Back I'd cancel my subscription (and I may do that yet!).

My available internet service isn't that great so streaming is out of the question. Not sure if I'd like the A/V quality anyway.

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Purchase:

Blu-ray if available
DVD if not (these days, mostly other region DVDs of obscure titles)
iTunes if inexpensive and intended primarily for classroom use (don't need the extra hardware and a/v quality is less of an issue in the classroom)

Non-purchase:

rentals of BD and DVD via local store and zip.ca (Netflix equivalent for discs via mail)
Netflix streaming
occasional rental via iTunes (if a 99cent title is of interest)
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Eclipsegt. I get 12 Mbps ISP speed and have a direct connection to my smart Bluray player. Always get three bars during streaming. Have never seen "Loading" or "Buffering" yet. My player goes thru a DVDO Edge video processor. My PQ is outstanding while streaming.
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I buy use Bluray from gohastings.com. Especially when they have special like buy 3 for 30% off or 4 for 40% off.

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Couldn't help but notice bitttt torrenttttt was omitted from this poll

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99% of the time I'll buy BD movies from Amazon. If it is not available on BD, I buy the HD digital copy off iTunes. If it us not available on iTunes, I'll buy the DVD and rip it to iTunes and stream it to my AppleTV. I avoid playing DVDs pretty much at all costs. If I can't get the quality of BD, I'm going to get the convenience of streaming. One thing I don't do though is rent from Netflix or other disc delivery systems. Just a pain.
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Movies

 

  1. Rent BD from Netflix
  2. I purchase movies that I think I'll watch 2 or 3 times a year

 

I notice that you didn't ask about TV shows.  Maybe that will be another poll.

 

TV shows

 

  1. Purchase best and favorite TV shows, like movies
  2. Rent BD from Netflix for second best and favorite
  3. Vudo stream shows that I want to follow in real time just for fun so I can chat about them
  4. Stream from Hulu, the TV shows site, or where ever I can find them to see if I like them before I purchase or get from Netflix
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Buy BluRay for preference, DVD if necessary. Immediately download digital copy to my Mac for viewing on the road (I'm a trucker).

 

I'm always on the lookout for bargains, and just this week turned up 6 movies for $30. At that price, I was expecting to find a single disc in each pack, with some lame soundtrack, so I was pleasantly surprised to find individual discs and 5.1 soundtracks.


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Bluray rentals via 3dblurayrental.com. If i LOVE a movie, I'll purchase the bluray disc.

http://www.stores-3d-blurayrental.com/servlet/StoreFront

I recently restarted my subscription with this service and like before, the service is phenomenal. I have a two day turn around time from when I place my order online to when they come to me.

My only grip is the monthly limit with the subscription plans. I wish it were a 20 monthly movie limit rather than the 15 for the 3 out plan currently.

I highly recommend this service. Full retail discs in 3D or 2D so no worrying about loss of HD audio or lowered bitrate like with some bluray movies from redbox and netflix.
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Bluray rentals via 3dblurayrental.com. If i LOVE a movie, I'll purchase the bluray disc.

http://www.stores-3d-blurayrental.com/servlet/StoreFront

Is this really legit? very interested if so, and how long is the typical wait time (3D blu-rays in particular if you have any experience renting them)

edit: thanx khalid for additional info
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I used to rent dvd's from a video store, but they don't seem to exist anymore here.

so I just wait until the blurays are like 5-10bux and buy them then. usually off amazon or something so I don't have to actually go hunting for them, haha.

I'm pretty set on physical media though. if I ever streamed/downloaded something, it would only be for casual use. something like Netflix is a great alternative to cable or satellite, but will never impact how many movies I buy on disc

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I like to do both rentals and purchases with streaming being a rare occasion.

One thing I am pretty miffed about is some rentals are audio-castrated. Lionsgate as example doesn't rent all of their blue ray discs (Netflix and Redbox etc.) with the full HD Audio. So what I do is rent the movie and refuse to buy it. I wont add more coin to the coffers of these (insert expletive here) jerks.

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I buy blu-rays and then try to offset that cost by selling digital copies that may come with it...
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