Personally I don't think it's a waste of money if you are an avid film collector, or a supporter of the person that directed the movie. But with the internet now, majority of people that I know and are movie lovers, just pirate the movie. :/
At one point, DVDs will be obsolete with Netflix and Online streaming of films we have now.
with data caps at 150 and 250 gb per month... and movies ranging from 700 mb to 9 gb... if you were wanting to watch seasons of a tv show or movie online while streaming.. your internet provide could end up preventing that idea...
But anyways.. i think if you got the money for it blu ray is the way to go. 720p on a 42 inch... but if you got it 1080p on anything higher. drool... i own a 46 but my friend has a 65! and you can so tell the difference between dvd and bluray...
also when you own your own disc.. assuming you down scratch it... you don't worry about buffering issues... just scratches... it makes for an enjoyable sit down and watch feeling.
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With slow Internet connections, buffering is a pain. I don't dare try sites like Hulu. It takes me an hour to watch a 22-minute episode (might be exaggerating but you get my point.
It's just as well because I like owning a movie on a disc. I take my favorite movies off the shelf, put them in the player, and watch with ease.
Also, if a site goes down, a company goes under, etc., my disc still works with my player. The only thing I have to rely on is the power company to keep pumping the electricity.
I used to work at a video store and I have to say that I can't picture that the majority of people give a damn about the backs of discs. Brand new movies would get rented and returned a week later with scratches all over them. I hope they take care of their own discs better than they do rentals, but I'm not so sure. For those people, streaming is probably the better way to go since the concept of not scratching a disc is foreign to them.
I don't think that DVD's are a waste of money. They are great for decoration, and good conversation pieces, also if you have company over, and have a certain movie that they may have never saw, or loved a particular movie that you have you can indulge them.
Listen you bloody fools, you've got to be a moron to stream a whole movie and wait on the buffer time.Torrent's are the way of the future, I don't care what anyone says it is incredibly easy, all over the internet a child could do it.
But to answer you're question OP, no dvd's are not a waste of money, blank dvd's that is.
While it's true that tons of movies can be accessed by the internet, I find there are plenty of times I don't have internet access, or don't want to watch a movie on the computer screen.
Blue Rays... Honestly I don't get it. I don't. Other than having some cool and interactive capabilities and generally getting the better end of the deal with extras anymore I don't see the point of blue ray really.... I mean honestly how good can picture quality actually BE? And.... at the end of the day do I really care? Better quality than a used vhs with flags running up and down the screen is one thing. Better quality than a dvd transfer? At some point I don't even really notice unless I'm LOOKING FOR IT, and if I'm so intent on the quality of the picture TO THAT DEGREE, I'm guessing it probably isn't the most engaging movie in the first place.
DVDs are as much a waste of money as any collection. It just comes down to how worthwhile your collecting is and what it means to you. Hell there are still plenty of VHS collectors out there. I wouldn't call that a waste unless they were actually looking for the best quality copy of those movies.
If we're talking about the most effecient least expensive way to watch movies, then it just comes down to whether or not you have internet access.
For me at least, DVDs are the cheapest way to get a great quality movie that I can have on hand anytime I chose to watch it. I like watching movies so it isn't a waste for me personally and I don't like the time it takes to search for/stream/download movies (or the risk for that matter, if you're not dodging the govt then you're dodging viruses etc etc) and a good percentage of the time movies on the internet are of poor quality anyway. DVDs are just super convenient in too many ways for a movie watcher with not-so-deep-pockets to ignore.
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The only way to figure if dvds are a waste of money is by outweighing the costs and return in investments. I own dvds and for me its hard keeping them in top conditions:
1.they scratch easily(i hate wasting money on plastic coverings)
2. even when stored i notice they get scratches or develop some white flimy mold like substance on them.( due to condensation maybe?
3. how long can dvds last anyways?
4.dvd players last up to 20 yrs tops...even if your dvds are great will they still make dvd players after dvds die out?
5. dvds I heard quickly succumb to oxidation especially around the inner circle.
You can easily purchase a terabyte external hard drive for under a hundred bucks and fit hundreds of HD quality movies on there. Movies that you can watch at any time, download for free, and that doesn't take any space on your shelf.
Piracy is the reverse of playing the lottery for a billion dollars.
There's a second season of Game of thrones? Well to be fair they didn't conclude the first novel so I suppose that makes sense. Anyway, when I downloaded the first season of Game of thrones I downloaded it on an episode to episode basis since they were released weekly, and it took me around 20 minutes to download an episode, and I pay monthly for my connection. So I usually jumped in the shower while I torrented the episodes. So there wasn't really any loss to speak of.
But I suppose you're right. If you pay for each downloaded gigabyte it might end up costing you more than the box set itself.