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Is it worth having a Blu Ray collection?

Guys, i have quite a few blu rays in my collection and was wondering if anyone else has a collection or do you just download or stream nowadays?

I do like having a collection of blu rays as it looks good in my bookcase.
 
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Well I've got a BR collection. It's a tangible thing, which you own.

And frankly, if you download stuff, is it actually full quality, with the 5.1 sound and everything?
 
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I would say yes, it is good to have them as a material posession.

I would still rather buy CD's than download MP3's.
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Threw away (gave to charity) 3 video tapes today - the final remains of a fair few. Currently cannot even be arsed to connect up a DVD player. I've never bought a Blu Ray, don't think I ever will.
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I was thinking along the material possession lines to.

Symon i havent brought a cd for years, i use itunes for my music.
 
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I have mostly purchased music and films but we use LoveFilm for on-line streaming. Probably wouldn't buy electronic versions unless they were much cheaper - purchased media is usually when it's been reduced and that happens less in the e-realm it seems. I reckon I've generally paid less and those I've bought through Amazon have been kindly transferred to e-format for me (though I still intend having all of the albums stored on the home server, the CD acts as the only other backup so I can store that elsewhere in years to come.)
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Not specifically Blu-Ray related but did you know if you own a CD it can be inherited when you die. If you buy an MP3 you buy the right to use it during your lifetime ie it cannot be passed on (legally speaking).
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I have mostly purchased music and films but we use LoveFilm for on-line streaming. Probably wouldn't buy electronic versions unless they were much cheaper - purchased media is usually when it's been reduced and that happens less in the e-realm it seems. I reckon I've generally paid less and those I've bought through Amazon have been kindly transferred to e-format for me (though I still intend having all of the albums stored on the home server, the CD acts as the only other backup so I can store that elsewhere in years to come.)
Tip. Backup your home server to Google play music. You can store up to 20,000 tracks for free
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They are too expensive, a blueray film will be about £15, I can just stream it online for free.

Im not too bothered about the full sound or blacks being fully black rather than slightly grey, i watch a film for the film not the colours?

If its a film i really want to see i will pay to go to the cinema, if its one i was never too fussed about i will stream online for free
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They are too expensive, a blueray film will be about £15, I can just stream it online for free.

Im not too bothered about the full sound or blacks being fully black rather than slightly grey, i watch a film for the film not the colours?

If its a film i really want to see i will pay to go to the cinema, if its one i was never too fussed about i will stream online for free
Pretty much summed up the fears of the film industry and also why the home AV enthusiasts market is struggling so much all in one post there.

Just my opinion but legal issues aside I don't understand why people are prepared to accept the huge drop in quality which usually comes with free streaming just as I don't get why you'd buy a compressed mp3 file if you really love music.


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4K streaming will do-in for BDs.
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Pretty much summed up the fears of the film industry and also why the home AV enthusiasts market is struggling so much all in one post there.

Just my opinion but legal issues aside I don't understand why people are prepared to accept the huge drop in quality which usually comes with free streaming just as I don't get why you'd buy a compressed mp3 file if you really love music.


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sometimes the quality is quite bad, but if its that bad i wont watch it and find another stream. More often than not ive managed to find DVD quality streams so i can watch it no problems. I always avoid the ones which you can tell it was recorded in the cinema because they really are bad quality.
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sometimes the quality is quite bad, but if its that bad i wont watch it and find another stream. More often than not ive managed to find DVD quality streams so i can watch it no problems. I always avoid the ones which you can tell it was recorded in the cinema because they really are bad quality.
Isn't annoying when people can't make a proper job of copyright infringement for you


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4K streaming will do-in for BDs.

Netflix have already started the push Netflix 4K streaming to launch on next-gen 4K TVs at CES | whathifi.com
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And to receive it you need a consistent 15Mbps. Way beyond what I can get.
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As for a Blu-ray collection, I've got a good few especially for films that I'll watch again & again (I might even own some of them on DVD already)
The bonus of owning them on disc (especially triple-play/special editions) is that you'll get all the extras, sometimes multiple cuts/branching as well as multiple soundtracks etc.

If it's not a film I want to see in a hurry or one I'm not bothered about seeing the extras etc I'll rent (on disc not digital download) it or watch in on Sky eventually.

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And to receive it you need a consistent 15Mbps. Way beyond what I can get.
Same here, not to mention the fact the whole 4K TV thing will be a bit of a chicken & egg thing for a fair while yet I'd say.
I've no intention of upgrading my HD TV anytime soon.
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And to receive it you need a consistent 15Mbps. Way beyond what I can get.
Stuck with BD and an upscaler in the UK for the foreseeable future then...
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If you don't want to pay, don't watch it... I have little time for thieves, especially if they go on the hunt for the best way to steal something And before it's mentioned, I'm not saying I agree with costs of watching/listening to something at times... but then I think it's a reflection of modern society - if I can't afford something I don't steal it or buy it on credit (except for the house because that's an "essential"), I save up for it. If I don't want to pay then I don't want it enough. If a TV channel (ad-supported or otherwise) wants to display it for "free", legally, then I might watch it (think this should be in the rant room lol )
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Its not "stealing" tho is it.

Im not taking it from someone so they no longer have it, they still have it to do with whatever they please.
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Its not "stealing" tho is it.

Im not taking it from someone so they no longer have it, they still have it to do with whatever they please.
Except that the artists and technicians that are paid on each sale get nothing so you have deprived them off their salary. You are technically correct in this country. It is not classified as stealing. It is copyright infringement. But still. Many ordinary hard working people don't get paid.
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Its not "stealing" tho is it.

Im not taking it from someone so they no longer have it, they still have it to do with whatever they please.
I don't know how you can justify being a thieving scummer

The backlash has started, it will become socially unacceptable to download/stream copyrighted material and that will be the prime factor in killing it off with a secondary factor being dirt cheap legal services, if nobody is consuming pirated materials then nobody will produce them.
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I use netflix as its HD and 5.1 which is run through a 3D blu ray player, my blu ray collection is for specific movies like all the marvel or classic sci fi, i got a brand new 3D version of Thor for a tenner yesterday. I have virgin media broadband and they are now filtering out the copyright infringing sites.
 
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