How do you watch movies at home -- DVD, Blu-Ray, Tape...?

Speakers - Definitive technology speakers (model 600 5.1 surround sound)
@zeloguy (4913)
United States
June 7, 2009 11:37pm CST
I just invested (and yes I think invested is the right term) in a Blu-Ray player and some really nice definitive technology speakers and an amp to hook my flat screen, speakers, and blu-ray into. I still enjoy going to the movies but with a 7.1 surround sound in my house and a top-of-the line Blu-Ray player, it is harder for me to pay $20 for my wife and I to go out. Are there still people that watch tapes even though DVD players are $50 nowadays and how many of you out there have upgraded to blu-ray?Thanks Zelo
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
8 Jun 09
My roomie has like 2000 VHS tapes, and we don't watch them, or most of the DVDs In fact, I've taken NCIS over to my clients and we've watched more DVDs there than here.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I would think that a lot of people are doing VHS to DVD/Blu-Ray conversion to save what would otherwise be lost on the VHS tapes over time. Thanks Zelo
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
8 Jun 09
well, some of those tapes are 20+ years old, are we sure that DVDs are going to last that long?
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
The DVD itself? I would say (as long as they are not scratched) they should last even longer. Thanks Zelo
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
8 Jun 09
My husband and I normally watch movies on DVD, when we do watch them, though we do have movies on VHS that were given to us as well as a couple of our VCRs (one is a combo DVD VHS player). We did buy a PS3 last Christmas (as a present for the four of us) and it plays Blue-Ray movies as well as DVD's. The game system came with a Blue-Ray movie, but it's the only movie my husband bothered to watch on Blue-ray so far. Not sure why, so please don't ask!
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Playstation 3 - Picture of the Playstation 3 video game console
Sister you are in luck. The PS3 is the BEST blu-ray disc player out there and you can rent blu-ray discs from Blockbuster (they send them to your home) for like $10/month. I would definately check into that 'cause you have the mac daddy of all blu-ray players! Thanks Zelo
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
8 Jun 09
They aren't $10 a month anymore...try $21+ a month is more like it. I do like it that they mail you 3 movies at a time and you can take them back and get more after you watch them. They seem to go up every 3 months, but then what doesn't?
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
$8.99 + tax for one movie but UNLIMITED downloads. Now this is for the DVDs, if you want blu-ray it is $3 extra/month. Thanks Zelo
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Jun 09
It is much better to keep pictures on blue ray, it can last longer. It is only one reason for me to buy blue ray....it is on my list.... I send more time on my pictures than watching movies... HUGS
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Speaking of your pictures... you have a gallery on Flickr or something like that? I would love to see your work. I don't know if the QUALITY of the storage is any better on blu-ray it is a LOT more space to keep them though and if you are storing in RAW format... you need all the space you can get. Thanks Zelo
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I am reinventing my gallery, I will work on my gallery after July 5 th this year....I will let you know...
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Great. I really look forward to taking a look at it.! Thanks Zelo
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Well, I have both the VHS player and a DVD player. But it might be awhile before we will be able to get a Blu-Ray player. I have heard they are awesome and Da Bomb..but right now things aren't looking to good and so till they start looking up we will remain stuck with the VHS and DVD player which we rarely use.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
DVD is still very good and I still watch some movies in DVD but when you upgrade to blu-ray (and your TV and your speakers) it is an incredible difference). And if you have a blu-ray that connects to your wireless internet connection, a lot of discs have extra information (games, commentary, etc...). There are popups where you can see the commentary while you watch the movie, the main menu is a popup (no reason to stop the movie to change settings) and lots more than just a pretty picture and great sound. Wonderful response. Thanks Zelo
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Thanks I appreciate it. Now you got me excited and wanting to get one sooner..I guess there is always layaway or rent to own.
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
9 Jun 09
I haven't started to buy blue ray discs yet. I just by the regular old DVD's. Well, actually first, alot of times we will watch a movie on pay-per-view to see if it's worth buying (and lately most have not). Then if we like it, we go ahead and buy it. I'm still buying regular DVD's because we only have the blue-ray on the PS3 on one tv. We have 3 other DVD players including a portable for travel. Plus we have a four year old, so I don't like investing too much money into them. So for now, we'll stick with the regular DVD's.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
So many people are saying 'only have on PS3' and the PS3 IS the best blu-ray player you can buy right now so you have the creme d'la creme of blu-ray players right now. If you rent from Blockbuster or Netflix give blu-ray a go and see if you like it or not! Thanks Zelo
@Preciousgem (1184)
• Philippines
9 Jun 09
I always watch movies in before in VSH and VCD, but for now because of the modern technology i watch it more on DVD and also in personal computer and laptop, it is a happy feeling when you watch movie at home, usually we watch weekend nights or even if no school and work, we watch drama, action, suspense, comedy, in tagalog and English movie.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
You will find there is not a huge difference in quality from VHS to DVD like everyone thinks there is. There is a better sound but the picture quality is about the same (480i). When you go to blu-ray, depending on what your TV can handle you are going all the way to 1080p and Dolby DTS surround sound. Again you will need the TV and the speakers to be able to hear and see the difference. Thanks Zelo
@dreamr802 (986)
• United States
9 Jun 09
My boyfriend and I bought a blu-ray player around Christmas. Since the blu-ray movies are expensive we only get like the action movies in blu-ray and then we watch the regular dvds on the blu-ray player as well. We have so many movies it will be too expensive to upgrade all of the movies.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
I wouldn't recommend it for upgrading one's whole collection but action movies (transformers being the best) is a worthy investment because of the upgrade you get in sound and picture quality. Great response. Thanks Zelo
• United States
8 Jun 09
DVD Player. Don't have blu-ray yet. I also like to watch movies online when possible. =)
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
The cool thing about watching online is with a fast enough connection a lot of the things you can watch online (NBC, ABC, CBS, NetFlix, HULU, etc...) are high definition (higher than that of DVD) so you get a better picture and if you have nice speakers on your computer really good sound as well. Thanks Zelo
@leyisa (487)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
I hae a DVD player so I usualyl watch it that way..I do have a videoplayer as well, but I haven't used a tape recorder in ages...
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
I think a lot of us are like that... we have old tapes that we haven't looked at in ages... remember those bricks that we used to use for home video recording... now you can do it from your PHONE. DVDs (conventional) are going to be around for a long time more I am sure. Thanks Zelo
@wolfie34 (26790)
• United Kingdom
8 Jun 09
Hello my friend, to be honest I am hopeless with technology, in that I don't know what Blu-ray is, don't laugh at the wolf because I thought you were talking about one of those manta rays in the ocean! Truly I don't know what Blu-Ray is until I read your discussion, I am still using dvds, in actual fact I don't even have a dvd player, I play dvds albeit very rarely on my old computer because it's got a bigger screen than this one I use for the internet. I don't tend to watch dvds much, I am too addicted to the internet to find time for films, unless there's a special film I want to see. Guess I must be a semi technophobe!
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Hey man if you are addicted to the internet then you are not that far behind in technology just in movies which are you are not into. DVDs are still the defacto way to watch movies and blu-ray is fairly new in the market... hence the curiosity of how many people are actually using them. Stay strong! Thanks Zelo
@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Blu-ray or dvd We have a PS3 that we use primarily for blu-ray, and we also have Play-on, which streams things from Hulu and network on demand type tv, or netflix instant. I still have videotapes but I don't have a working vcr any more, we used to have a vcr/dvd combo player but part of it broke. Eventually I'll have to get another vcr just because the collection of videos I have are really old, some of it was stuff I collected from the 80s and not all of them are available on dvd.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
From everything I could read the PS3 is the best blu-ray player out there (because of all the features mentioned). The great thing about VHS is that the players are almost being given away so you really don't have to worry about price... even DVD players are REALLY inexpensive now... WITH speakers you can get a whole in-the-box DVD package for under $200. Great response. Thanks Zelo
@jphilly (38)
• United States
8 Jun 09
i use dvd computer and verizon fios mainly
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I am not familiar with Verizon Fios... what is that exactly. I am curious. Thanks Zelo
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
8 Jun 09
We watch on a DVD player. We also watch the instant play feature on Netflix. And yes we even have some tapes left. Some of my daughters Disney movies are on tape.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
The instant play on Netflix is just awesome and there are rumors swirling around that they are going to do the same or similar with PS3 games... another reason to buy a PS3 and use that as your blu-ray player. As for tapes... I really thought that it would be more for the kids... in your case that is the case. Great response. Thanks Zelo
• United States
8 Jun 09
We have blu ray and regualr dvds. We got the blu ray player a few months ago, so we only have a few movies for it. I like them, but I honestly don't see a huge diference in the quality. We bought a really nice sorround less then a year ago though. I think we'll keep regualr dvds around for a long time though. We have about 500 of those. We burn a ton of movies though.
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Watch what you burn with blu-ray players and which blu-ray players will play what. When it comes to actually burning blu-ray that is just not going to happen. Most of them will accept DIVX and when it comes to DVD it just depends... there are so many (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, etc...) that you want to check what you have and make sure you blu-ray can play them. The other thing to do is to keep a DVD player that will play all the different DVD disks and a blu-ray player as well. Most modern TVs and receivers today have multiple HDMI inputs to allow you to do that and if you have only one then you can do component input for the DVD and HDMI for the blu-ray. Great response. Thanks Zelo
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Tape? Do they still have movies on tape? I thought those machines were obsolete. Just upgraded to blu-ray last month. Sure wish they made movies that fit the screen that didn't leave the actors with long faces. On a 52 or 54 inch screen they are bigger than life. Waiting now to get 3-D without having to wear those funny glasses. How long do you think it will be before all TVs are 3-D? Technology has made so much difference in the way people live today. Pretty soon there wont be any movie-goers. Their home will be their movie theater. Oh my how times have changed.....10cent movies now $10
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
3-D technology is already out there (at a HEFTY price). They use mirrors to simulate the 3-D experience. I believe it is Phillips that is currently on the market with some extremely high-end 3D TVs but I would have to check on that. Thanks Zelo
@dynaweb (168)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I dont have a Blu-Ray Player yet. Still watching DVDs. http://www.xgig.com/index.htm?&gcst=blu-ray+player&gcstype=
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
DVD is nice... one of the things about blu-ray I just found out this morning is it 'remembers' where you were watching the movie. I couldn't finish a movie last night so I wrote down the Chapter. When I turned on the movie today it took me EXACTLY to the point that I left off. Really cool. Of course I also have NetFlix and Pandora on my blu-ray which is a real plus and all the menus are popup menus (you can go to the main menu without having to stop the movie). Remember speakers then blu-ray. Thanks Zelo
@Josh1230 (44)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
I dont know of anybody who still watches tapes, but i would assume that families on low income or maybe on welfare may use old equipment like that for entertainment, sure! lol but i dont...
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I go to the library to get DVDs for my wife who can watch them at work (lucky her) and have seen a lot of people renting them and just thought... that's really odd. Maybe it is a thing of money and maybe it is that the tape player is in the kids room and that is what they are renting! Thanks for the response. Thanks Zelo
@tonyllenium (6260)
• Italy
9 Jun 09
I have not upgraded mto blu-ray player now!!So in reality i did not have a real dvd player,just that on my computer unit disc,or flat screen and so on....so till now bnever thought to upgrade to a blu ray disc as well!! In reality seldom i watch dvd or blu ray movie ..also because may be i will in many cases download them even from the net so afterthat i will convert to a dvd or just link my player on the normal tv and watch them there... May be if i will change laptop in future i will see if the cd/dvd units have a blu ray disc enabled but if not i won't consider that so important!!
• Canada
29 Aug 09
We have a very old TV with a VCR that is even older. The TV is too old to take a DVD player. We do, however, both have DVD readers on our computers, and I have a DVD writer. We don't have blu-ray players of any sort. If we get a new TV one of these days, it'll have a DVD player hookup, and we'll get one for the TV.
@lcainiao (201)
• China
11 Jun 09
The first choice is certainly go to the cinema. My wife and I go to the cinema once a month. I have the 5.1 surround sound and 24" LCD in my house but my wife doesn't like to stay at home. My wife said 'I need to the best feeling for watching movie.'