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What Is Your Main Source For Movies?

I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of UAV readers use their main home-theater system to watch movies. So what I'd like to know is, where do you mostly get the movies you watch? Of course, most folks get movies from a variety of sources, so select the item that represents where you get the most movies. As always, I'm eager to learn the reason for your choice and any thoughts you have about the various delivery options, so I hope you post a comment after making your selection.

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What Is Your Main Source For Movies?
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FJH's picture

I answered cable/satellite because that's where I view the most movies old or new. My preferance though, is blueray for the quality of picture and sound. I just don't buy every movie that comes out because of cost.I pay too much now for DirectTV but I do like the fact that most HD movies on my satellite fill the entire screen unlike most bluerays. AS far as streaming, untill the entire country has suitable broadband(fast enough), watching HD content is not really an option for alot of us.

aopu.mohsin's picture

I have to agree with others. This is a tough question to answer. I always try to watch new movies in Bluray. If the movie is exclusive to DVD or hard to find in Bluray, I do rent DVD from Redbox/Public Library. However, if the movie is worth keeping for personal collection, it is definitely in Bluray (I own number of Blurays which are considered reference material). However, I don't stream any movie from online just because I don't like to lose any picture or audio quality (I would rather watch cable movies in High-Def).

Now the question is, what would I do when with my vast collection of blurays and DVDs when the HDTVs and movies will become 4K resolution?

abentrod's picture

Mine is without a doubt Blu-Rays I buy, I do rent from netflix
only one at a time as their selection of late is very poor.
streaming did not work, nor does it work and I doubt ever will work
for anybody truly into high definition, those who can tolerate streaming movies have no business calling themselves videophiles
streaming of talking head content like Scott's podcast is fine but movies?? get real. my $.02

fcapra1's picture

This was really hard to just pick one. I probably stream as many movies via Netflix as I do rent Blu-rays from them. Of course, if you count re-watching my favorite films over and over again then owned blu-rays would be up there as well.

Using Redbox or streaming via Vudu is becoming pretty popular with my family as well.

Doubledge's picture

this is not an easy question to answer cuz i watch movies in a few ways. i voted blueray cuz that my favorite way to view movies and the movies that i have on blueray are the ones i love. the next way i watch movies is streaming on netflex. and netflex gives me the chance to see movies that normally i wouldnt watch. the third is websits like crakle on my pc witch is good but not as good as netflex.

fm's picture

I have many purchased dvds, thus my vote. Also have many blu-rays, but not nearly as many. Tend to pull out a blu-ray at least as often as a dvd. Still buy both, defer to blu-ray format when it's an option.

And lately I've been watching stuff I've dvr-ed off of directv, but between my three month free trials of Starz and Showtime expiring, and the 6mo cheap extension of Showtime about to expire, mostly just watch stuff I've recorded if there happens to be something I really want to see or I managed to almost fill up the dvr's disk and want to watch something rather than deleting something (else) to make room. The occasional, but not as severe as when I first started service last year, dropouts in directv's DD 5.1 audio and/or HD picture have put a damper on my overall satisfaction level with it as a primary viewing option, however.

Haven't rented anything since laserdisc (still own a few of those, but player more or less broke some time ago). No streaming (do have the previous AppleTV incarnation, but have never bothered to rent anything, have hardly used it), partly because my internet link is not quite up to snuff, partly because I prefer the best PQ I can get.

uavSeanbenn's picture

I get my movies on Blu ray. I just have to comment on the deal that was announced in the last couple of days. The $29.99 VOD movies 120days after the theater release is a joke. Most movies come out on Blu ray after 4 to 5 months so why wouldn't I just wait for it to come out. I could then use that $29.99 to own the movie. I just don't understand how these suits that make these decisions keep their jobs.

David Vaughn's picture

I'll answer your question for you...when we go to 4K, buy yourself a top shelf video processor!

uavtheo's picture

My preferred method is to purchase a BluRay of a movie. If I'm purchasing, I've likely seen it in the movies and want to own it or I know it's such a great movie from reviews and friends, etc. that it would be to my liking.

For the more casual movie, I then turn to Netflix and the local library. Netflix serves up both BluRay and streaming so, I balance whether or not I want the quality of experience vs. convenience.

For me, the whole experience is as much a part of the story as the movie. While seeing a good movie on a small screen and wimpy sound conveys the message, seeing it on a big screen with the full emotional impact of the audio is like seeing a movie over again for the first time.

FInally, you didn't mention AppleTV. If I want to "rent" a movie and can't wait to get it on BluRay or can't, I'll for sure rent it on AppleTV. It's 720p and 5.1 surround. It's really a very good experience and I find the AppleTV to give me the best "box" experience bar-none.

rlau3388's picture

Best of luck

crn's picture

While this poll might be politically correct, I don't think it at all represents the truth... that we all get most of our movies as a torrent downloaded online. If we like the movie, we might buy a disc-copy of it later, but the 21st century way is to download them all and sort it out later.

kmshark's picture

I'm still using Blockbuster until they go under... rent online and then exchange in-store. I rarely purchase. I haven't rented a DVD in years as I can't keep-up with what is available on blu-ray. I only watch 2 movies a week on average right now - but normally I'm watching 3 a week. (Longtime Heat fan that's got every win so far on my HD-DVR - so spending more time watching games)

I setup my theater to watch the best possible quality and while my setup is modest for a videophile (8700UB on 120" HP screen + B&W 600series all around) - I can tell the difference in anything less that full-bandwidth High-def movies and unless I am forced to, I won't watch anything of lesser quality. No DVDs, no streaming, and no compressed torrents...

jblakeney's picture

Currently my collection is at 200+ and growing....Can't wait for Star Wars in September

uavmatthewweflen's picture

If the question is just movies, it's probably 60% purchased Blu-Ray (purchased exclusively from Amazon), 20% rented Blu-Rays (exclusively via Netflix), 10% DVD, and the remainder split between OTA, Netflix streaming, and a few other streaming providers (usually a free trial here or there).

I find it very difficult to tolerate streaming quality for any movie I actually care about (and this is with a 20mbps cable connection hardwired to our Panny BD65 Network BD player and Sony 52EX700 networked television). There are of course some "HD-ish" streams available on Netflix, and these are all right, though nowhere near the same quality as optical media, even DVD for the most part. I am also annoyed by the lack of features such as subtitles, 5.1 channel sound, commentaries, and extra features. HDX on Vudu looks about 720p-ish to my eyes, but there's no way I'm paying $6 per one-time rental. What is this, 1991?

I am happy with a DVD if I'm in the mood for the particular movie. But overall, after having gone Blu, I have an extremely strong preference for the greater A/V quality. I don't buy new DVDs, and haven't for at least a year.

When it comes to television programming on the other hand, I would say it's an even 4-way split between OTA HD, Hulu via HTPC, DVD (mainly via Netflix, as I am loath to pay $2 per episode of basically anything outside of Star Trek), and Netflix streaming. We cut the cable about 1.5 years ago, and have had no deficit in choices. We miss a few things (cable sports especially, but also some specialty channels), but many of them are hitting online modes of distribution. So we're not lacking for options, and our options increase daily. We pay for a basic Internet package and a 1-disc Netflix plan. We use free Hulu via HTPC. So I'd say our "entertainment outlay" is $60 per month recurring, with maybe 1 BD purchase per month (though this upcoming year will include Star Wars and LOTR - and I'm crossing my fingers for an Indy box set, too).

uavmatthewweflen's picture

Modest? I'm envious. I'd love to watch my "2001" or "The Ten Commandments" Blu-Rays on such a nice FP setup. But I'm stuck with a measly 52" LCD :-)

uavmatthewweflen's picture

Seriously. Calling some of their streams "HD" is an affront to the very notion of truth in advertising.

Scott Wilkinson's picture
I'm totally with you regarding the quality of the streaming video I've ain't for me. As for TV programming, that will be next week's poll question.
Scott Wilkinson's picture
I agree with Matthew, your system is sweet! Yes, it could be called modest by high-end standards, but you've selected high-value components that I'm sure look and sound great.
Scott Wilkinson's picture
It was not my intention to be "politically correct" by omitting the illegal option, though it would be interesting to see if your contention that "we all get most of our movies as a torrent downloaded online" is correct. In fact, I didn't even think of including this option, since I actually believe in copyright protection, at least to a certain degree. After all, if all content was free, there would be no content.
Steve Caliendo's picture

Blu-Ray is the only option even if you are the lowest level home theater enthusiast--and you must be at least that if you are visiting this site to begin with.

Depending on the content, I will make compromises. In order...

1) Blu-Ray. Why not choose the best option after spending all that money on the equipment.

2) Cable HD On Demand . I found On Demand content looks better than originally broadcast content most times--seems Comcast compresses On Demand content less.

3) Streaming HD programming from Netflix. A better option now that 5.1 audio is available.

4) DVD. Only if played through my Onkyo receiver which has a very good video processor.

5) DVD not unconverted. Do something else.

By the way, great job, Scott on the site and poll questions.

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