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Old 12-27-2014, 11:42 AM   #1  
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Default 2015 - The year I buy no Blu-rays?

Is it over? I feel like in 2014 the only Blu-rays I purchased were multi-packs to reduce shelf space (i.e. Riddick Collection and selling off the other movies separately). In total, I probably purchased 8 Blu-rays. I have an Oppo 103 which has played maybe a dozen discs this year (anyone want to buy it? Region free and everything!).

I have a feeling 2015 might net me a big ol' 0. With retailers reducing space (and impulse buys) and with VOD releasing films to rent weeks/months/day and date with Theater, what's the point in spending $15 for a disc when I can rent for $6?

Is anyone else in the same point with drastically reducing spending on discs?
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:21 PM   #2  
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I bought near 0 last year. Got a few as gifts. What few I did buy I never watch because I used the UV code. Lazy I guess , easier to turn on the player and go through the Vudu library.
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I need to drastically cut back as well. The amount of unwatched discs that have accumulated is getting ridiculous. But I'm a sucker for box sets and high end limited edition stuff. Probably the only way I'll order zero Blu-rays in 2015 is if somebody cuts off my hands.

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I bought near 0 last year. Got a few as gifts. What few I did buy I never watch because I used the UV code. Lazy I guess , easier to turn on the player and go through the Vudu library.
I know what you mean. I have about 180 VUDU titles, but I rarely watch any of them. If I have the Blu-ray I will watch it instead. I have about half of them that were DVD--> VUDU though that aren't available on Blu-ray yet (and probably will never be, since most are Warner and they don't seem to be interested in released their classics on Blu-ray). Those I do intend to watch.

BTW, I got a couple of Roku players last week (a stick and a Roku 3 so I can connect via ethernet), just so I can subscribe to Warner Archive Instant. I love their classics and since they aren't coming out on Blu-ray and they aren't available digitally anywhere else either, I finally threw up my hands and said screw it and bought a subscription.
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My habits haven't changed - I buy blu-rays used from the exchange store down the street or on deep sale discounts (I typically don't pay more than $8 for a title except rare new releases I 'must have'). With a front projector and 100+ screen I never go to the movies but instead watch them a lot at home and with wife, kid and friends I would much rather have own a title than rent and with my sound system (added a B+W sub at X=mas ) I want lossless sound tracks - damn you digital kids. I do like the perk of ultraviolet and havinmg my purchases also available for streaming to tablets for on the go use.
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I need to drastically cut back as well. The amount of unwatched discs that have accumulated is getting ridiculous. But I'm a sucker for box sets and high end limited edition stuff. Probably the only way I'll order zero Blu-rays in 2015 is if somebody cuts off my hands.
Same here, I usually MUST have the latest 'hitech' movie animated features (pixar), specialty movies ie Guardians of the universe,and others based on reviews with 5 star Video and Audio to disc quality Etc. But I still buy a bunch of shit some of which I will most likely not even watch ?? I a have fullblown all-out buying problem
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My habits haven't changed - I buy blu-rays used from the exchange store down the street or on deep sale discounts (I typically don't pay more than $8 for a title except rare new releases I 'must have'). With a front projector and 100+ screen I never go to the movies but instead watch them a lot at home and with wife, kid and friends I would much rather have own a title than rent and with my sound system (added a B+W sub at X=mas ) I want lossless sound tracks - damn you digital kids. I do like the perk of ultraviolet and havinmg my purchases also available for streaming to tablets for on the go use.
Depends on the movie. War or action flick I will grab the disc. Kids movie or comedy then Vudu it is.
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After 8 years it's only natural that we buy less, as we have built our collections. I am more patient with purchases lately as I am watching a lot of my hitherto unwatched disks.
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I buy one or two movies a year - usually older films that have been remastered. Been that way for a couple of years.
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I think 2014 was the least amount of movies I have bought since HD-DVD and BD was released. My time has shifted towards watching more TV shows (some on Blu-Ray, most not) playing more video games, and my car habit which takes up a lot more money and time.

I buy mostly used and usually wait a few months to pickup releases but do splurge sometimes on a 3D family movie now and again. Kids are streaming more, but we do have family movie nights about 4 times a month on the big screen and it is almost always a Blu-Ray.

I still enjoy packaged media quite a bit and do hope that there is another generation of packaged media before we go exclusively digital. Time will tell.

I will say my inclination is to rent more than buy, but because I pickup so many used movies for under $10 it makes it harder not to spend a few more $$ to own it. Although my collection is getting so large now I am trying to be more selective about what I do buy.
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TBH though, if I did not have a flagship (for the year of manuf) plasma tv and a projector and 100" screen I probably wouldn't have bought 2/3 of the discs I currently have.

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I pickup so many used movies for under $10
I pick up most of my movies, brand new, for under 10 dollars.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #14  
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Is it over?

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Is anyone else in the same point with drastically reducing spending on discs?
As an aside.

I'm coming to the reluctant conclusion that movies and tv shows have largely been a "phase" for me, over the past few years since 2011.

At heart, I'm realizing that I'm not a tv/movie person at all.


Over the past few years I found that I was more excited by the act of buying and cataloging my disc collecton, than watching the actual movies/shows on the discs. (Albeit a very inexpensive hobby nowadays).

Also I found that I was very excited about ripping the isos from dvd/bluray discs, while the actual show/movie content themselves were tertiary or completely inconsequential to me. (For example, I wrote my own program to dump the low level raw data from a cd or dvd disc, before any of the error correction, interleaving, etc ... is performed). Something is not "quite right" if one is more excited by the technical details of discs, than the actual storyline content of the actual shows/movies on such discs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_error_correction
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If I had known what I know now, most likely I would have never started buying dvds/blurays in 2011.

In hindsight, I probably would have been fine with the Star Wars dvds I already had previously, and the original Battlestar Galactica. (Even back in the 2000's, I hardly watched any of my other dvds like Cheech and Chong, Beavis and Butthead, Matrix trilogy, Terminator, the original Total Recall, etc ...)

In the case of Star Trek, I found that I preferred to watch the episodes on daily tv reruns, than watching them on dvd/bluray. I'm not really sure why exactly this is the case, besides laziness.
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