Apparently people dont rent DVDs as much anymore why do you think that is?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
April 1, 2010 1:57am CST
A couple of popular DVD rental stores are closing down in the state where I live, the reason I think more movie rental stores are closing because more people are buying instead of renting myself included in that group of people, I dont like the hassle of worrying about returning videos and I like being able to watch them over, and over if I like. I also like the convenience of knowing that whenever I choose to watch the movie agin its safely in my collection, I know, I know, that netflix and blockbuster now allow people to keep DVD rentals as long as they like, and thats great but in order to get another video/DVD you have to return the other first that means trapsing to the mailbox and waiting for another DVD to arrive, ok I know what your thinking(but now you can order movies directly to your TV) but why pay a monthly fee for a membership when you can own the DVD or watch free TV or movies online, it kind of seems like a waste of cash to me just my opinion, I'm not saying these DVD providers aren't useful but I prefer to buy and be done with it. Whats your thoughts on why people rent less DVDs these days?
11 responses
• United States
2 Apr 10
I really think that is it because of Netflix, and also being able to now download (well yeah illegally) movies onto your computer pretty easily. Places like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video were overly expensive, I mean cmon like 4 dollars for one movie, so that definitely did them in. I don't like to buy a movie right away because I am not sure if I am going to like it , but still my opinion as to why these video stores close is because they are way too expensive, especially in this economy.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yup much too expinsive and to many hassles to rant.
• United States
7 Apr 10
I agree with Spicy. Almost all of my friends who are avid movie-watchers have now switched to Netflix. Not only can you get two or three movies at a time (depending on your subscription), but you can also use the Netflix on demand. One of my friends has an XBOX 360 that watched the entire series of The Office (the original British version) because it was available as a watch-now option. So factor in that you can watch something like 8 DVDs a month if you're consistent through mail-order, a lot more via online and xbox options, and all for only $10-20 a month... yeah, it definitely beats the $3.99 for two day option at the store that you have to drive to and wait in-line and hope they have the movie you're looking for in-stock.
• India
2 Apr 10
I think, today prize of the DVD is very less is equal to the rentel prize, thats why the are buy DVD not gert on rent. And the another resone for this is that Internet. we can dowenload move free of cost on internet and also we can shear movie to all by internet OR by copy in pan-drive. this are the resone for this.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Better yet instead of downloading we can get dvds free of charge and completely legal so it seems pointless to rent them or risk trouble to get the movies we like, there's a site where I get free gift certificate's for dvd and more.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Apr 10
I know I don't. Many of those DVD movies are dirty as in they have been played in dirty machines and that transfers to your machine. I prefer to buy the movie outright and then I know it's mine. Also renting movies is a luxury for some and with finances the way they are many can't afford it. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Your right about some used movies being dirty lol, but thats why I dont watch used DVDs on my computer instead. I only watch the used DVDs on a separate home dvd player, I also use a dvd cleaner for my dvd player, that can be used after every 8 hours of play, so I dont have to worry about dirt, so I can continue to buy used and you'd be surprised at how well some used dvds are kept I purchased quite a few used dvds online and they were in nearly new condition with box and no scratches and cost less then ten bucks.
• United Kingdom
2 Apr 10
This is quite interesting as I have only just started renting dvds myself although I do this through the website lovefilm.com which is very popular now and I'm sure this is putting a lot of dvd stores on the high street out of business. I too have pay per view movies on my cable service and it's rare that I will order one of those. It only costs me £3.99 per month to rent two dvds each month and I think this is terrific. It's good to buy dvds as well but I guess if you can rent then it's a lot cheaper. I'm happy with the current service I receive from lovefilm.com, they're great! Andrew
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Well this lovefilm.com sounds interesting I might check it out and see if I can buy DVD, but sometimes I get my dvds completly free and totally legal its very cool to be able to get dvds free without monthly fee's and other hassles.
@rinzgca (317)
• Philippines
2 Apr 10
I think one of the reasons would be... you could download the movies on the Internet? I know that's illegal... But that's what some people are doing. They download and burn them on DVDs.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Yes you have an interesting point, I prefer to buy my dvds or get them free, why pay monthly fees or download illegally when it's possible to get completely (legal) free movies or buy them occasionally. I think more people are becoming hip to the other ways in whitch to get there favorite films.
@DavidJan (15)
• United States
2 Apr 10
people prefer to watch movies in the theatre.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Its fun going to the theater I enjoy seeing films in the theater, but sometimes I have to save a few penny's so thats why I'd rather buy DVDs or get them (free) online and NO I dont download illegal videos I buy and get them free through a completely legal source, so can watch whatever I'm in the mood for without paying for $8 dollar ticket or paying monthly fees and going broke paying for popcorn and candy at those movie theater stands, at home I have all popcorn I want without the hassle of waiting in line.
@razim17 (194)
• Malaysia
1 Apr 10
im gonna say that buying is not that expensive so people will buy instead of renting it.Plus we can download or load the movie from the internet,much cheaper but less convenient.Whatever the way is renting is the last choice so thats why more and more rental stores are closing down even in my place.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Apr 10
You have a good point, though now days you can even get free dvds movies without downloading a single one if you know where to get things free like I do, anyway it seems pointless to pay a monthly fee for somthing you can buy once or get free.
• India
1 Apr 10
Watching DVD at home on TV is not as enjoyable as watching a movie in theater. However, if I do want to watch a movie I buy one. DVD's are not so expensive and you can watch them over and again as many times as you want. Moreover, you can always download a movie from the internet whenever you want.
• Philippines
17 Jun 11
your absolutely right im downloading my movies online at http://moviefreak.co/movie2k/ and save it into my hard drive so everytime i wanna watch movies i just plug my hard drive in my usb player.
• United States
11 Apr 10
I think it's because of things like Netflix and Redbox. Plus most cable companies have on demand, which charges you about the same amount as the video stores but you don't have to leave the house
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
1 Apr 10
You are certainly right. I too have observer that DVD rental stores in our area have experience the same. Some of them have even closed to. Well, there are a lot of factors that I think have affected such. One of which is you have mentioned already. There are a lot of sites offering movies online and they are even free. It is obvious that people would rather go to this site and download the videos. especially that most of them are free. Aside from that, in our area, there are a lot of pirated DVD's that you can buy at a very low price yet with very clear pictures. So why rent when you can get almost the same price when you rent it, then have it with you to watch over and over again.
@bodnath (32)
• Mauritius
1 Apr 10
DVD rental stores are closing down because nowadays dvds are sold at the cheapest price on streets Peaple buy dvds and make their own dvd store in their houses