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    Physical vs Digital libraries?

    I'm curious on how many people have gone to digital copies only vs buying physical and just redeeming the digital copy. As I've been moving my current disk collection to UV using the D2D I'm beginning to think purchasing just digital is the easier way to go (as many times it is cheaper, take Oblivion for example, pre-purchase is about $23 vs $15 digial only copy). Many times I purchase the physical copy only to redeem the digital and then the disk is put on the shelf and not looked at again.
    I think I'd feel better if the CFF was available and playable on devices (so I could still have my copy). It seems that this is way past due, but is just around the corner (so they say anyway). I realize that technically speaking the disk is still the best quality, but I do think that Vudu's HDX is very very good, and it's not often that I really notice any real difference. Anyway, I'm curious how many have gone the digital only route vs still holding on to physical copies.

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    Originally posted by isu4me View Post
    I'm curious on how many people have gone to digital copies only vs buying physical and just redeeming the digital copy. As I've been moving my current disk collection to UV using the D2D I'm beginning to think purchasing just digital is the easier way to go (as many times it is cheaper, take Oblivion for example, pre-purchase is about $23 vs $15 digial only copy). Many times I purchase the physical copy only to redeem the digital and then the disk is put on the shelf and not looked at again.
    I think I'd feel better if the CFF was available and playable on devices (so I could still have my copy). It seems that this is way past due, but is just around the corner (so they say anyway). I realize that technically speaking the disk is still the best quality, but I do think that Vudu's HDX is very very good, and it's not often that I really notice any real difference. Anyway, I'm curious how many have gone the digital only route vs still holding on to physical copies.
    I will continue to buy physical discs. I watch them at home. My library is in the cloud so my kids (who have moved out of the house) can watch my movies. I just wish that MGM and Disney would get on board so I can get the rest of my collection in the cloud without spending a fortune.

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      I do both -- I still buy more discs than I do just VOD, but I mostly buy discs that I know are UV/D2D now, and I don't consider those VOD "purchases", more like add-ons. But I'm also more likely to buy a UV title from Vudu now that I know it will be added to my UV account, and I will be able to access it in the future whether I use Vudu or not.

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        I have gone digital only. If I have the movie on vudu, a disc just takes up more room. So I've upgraded about 150 DVD's to HDX, and given the DVD's away to family/friends. After all, with UV, you are allowed to share your collection with up to 6 people right? After all my DVD's were converted, I began to strictly buy EST on vudu or CinemaNow. If I find a blu-ray on a really good sale, I may pick it up but there's not many of those.

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          The last time I put a movie into a Bluray player and watched it was September of last year. I know this because my son had friends over for his birthday party and they watched "The Hunger Games" on Bluray.

          This was a bit anomalous though. Right after the party, I redeemed the UV version into HDX and the physical media has not been used since.

          I am now a digital only consumer. I do buy physical media from the $7.88 bin at WalMart, but only when there are UV codes. The physical copies go right into boxes in my garage without ever having been watched.

          All other movie purchases are EST (electronic sell through). I enjoy the convenience.

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            Call me a dinosaur, but I'm still rooted in the physical world. I'd convert every DVD & Bluray I own, if I could, but I like having discs. It helped a lot during Superstorm Sandy when we were without power for over a week. My generator had ample power for the bluray player & tv, but my cable/internet provider was down. The only purely e-content I own are the free movies I received when signing up for Vudu, etc, and a few iTunes.

            I am also concerned about the definition of "ownership" in the digital world. For example: If you use iTunes, all you own is the right to stream and copy their content to a specified number of devices, etc. You don't actually own the content. So that gives rise to concerns about your heirs (valar morghulis...we all die at some point), i.e. they do not inherit your iTunes account. I'm really not sure how it all works with Ultraviolet, Vudu, Flixster, and others, but I suspect that transferring ownership will be problematic. Not so with my discs.

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              When you own only the UV copy you cant loan it out or bring it to a friends house etc. You are pretty much stuck on playing it on your TV. None of my friends are using UV and have no interest in it really, so they just want the disc. The $14.99 advance purchases like Oblivion are tempting but keep in mind you are only getting the UV copy which is really worth maybe $5. In the end, it's probably better to wait and get both the disc and UV for a little more. For the movies i really love i get the disc and UV, the rest i am storing in the UV cloud and watch on VUDU. I have about 50 discs, 250 UV titles on VUDU

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                I am struggling with this one. I am on the fence. I am leaning toward going digital only I think, but haven't fully committed. I think once CFF comes into play and takes hold, and if the video and audio quality of the files are good, then this will knock me over the fence to the digital-only side. Right now I'm streaming about 80 to 90% of my movie watching on vudu.

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                  Originally posted by quackman View Post
                  I am struggling with this one. I am on the fence. I am leaning toward going digital only I think, but haven't fully committed. I think once CFF comes into play and takes hold, and if the video and audio quality of the files are good, then this will knock me over the fence to the digital-only side. Right now I'm streaming about 80 to 90% of my movie watching on vudu.
                  I Feel that this is where I am as well. I'm kind of waiting for the CFF to come out and be easily playable on devices (and that the quality is at least equally as good as VUDU HDX). I think that this will push me over the edge to digital only. I currently have 6 18 gallon tubs filled with DVD and Blu ray movies just stored away in the basement. The only reason that I keep them is for backup purposes - since not all my movies are in the cloud I have them ripped (dvd and blue ray) to MKV files. It's just getting the point where always doing this is starting to become a pain.

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                    I only buy discs that I know are UltraViolet and d2d. Usually I buy most Blu-rays during the Upgrade and Save sale for

                    less than 5.00 like Cabin in the Woods and Friends with Benefits which both had UltraViolet codes but sometimes I buy

                    from Walmarts blue bin for 7.88 or a couple other stores that have 5.00 Blu-rays. I dont buy digital copies.

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                      Re: Physical vs Digital libraries?

                      Originally posted by isu4me View Post
                      ...since not all my movies are in the cloud I have them ripped (dvd and blue ray) to MKV files. It's just getting the point where always doing this is starting to become a pain.

                      ...to get my free time back,

                      ...to be able to sleep at night not worrying about a hdd crash,

                      ...to have it done by a pro,

                      I gladly cough up the $2/$5 per title and have pristine playback available for perpetuity.

                      at least that is my view.

                      Further, I have departed into the digital ocean of my purchase history, leaving the physical media coast to disappear on the horizon.

                      I boldly proclaim, "I AM AN E.S.T. MAN" from now on.

                      Hurumph!

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                        I use to be a Vudu buying nerd, but back to buying discs with trolleys full of blu ray. I needed some d2d fuel.

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                          I am putting all my DVD's and Blu Rays on VuDu, but I am keeping all the disc just in case something happens and VuDu goes the way of the dodo bird. That way I only lose the digital only copies. We lost quite a bit of money when Wal-Mart stopped doing the mp3 downloads.

                          Tony

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                            Re: Physical vs Digital libraries?

                            I normally buy BD during the Best Buy's Upgrade and Save promo and come with an UV code or D2D. I have not done EST because I rather have the BD as back up. I normally stream movies from Vudu on my Roku 3 instead of using the BD since it puts less wear and tear on my PS3's. I wish Disney would allow old digital copy codes to be redeem on Vudu in HDX.

                            For the people worried about your family getting to access your Vudu, iTunes, ect accounts after you pass you could share your email address and password for each service. My brother and I share an iTunes account because we both spent money on building a collection and we only use that password for Vudu, iTunes, ect accounts only. I realize this would only work if you trusted the other person to not change the name on the account and password.

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                              Re: Physical vs Digital libraries?

                              I've been successfully resisting non-UV titles, but still buying mostly Blu-ray disc's. I did pick up a couple of the 4 movie DVD's at Walmart that came with UV.

                              I'm not quite ready to give up having physical copies. Maybe CFF will give me the confidence, but I'm not quite there yet.

                              I do have about 6 movies that are digital only. Nothing I really care about though. They were almost all free.

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