I own 75 DVDs and Blu-Rays on top of 5 streaming subscriptions. Here's why I'm convinced physical movies will always have an edge.
Streamingsites can add and then drop moviesbecause of deals they have with movie distributors.
- Owning your favorite movies, on the other hand, solves that problem. I own 75.
- That's why I'm convinced that physical discs still have an edge on streaming.
I have three remote controls on my coffee table: one for my TV, my Roku remote, and one for my DVD player.Nearby is a disc wallet holding my small DVD and Blu-Ray collection, which has grown in tandem with the number of streaming subscriptions I've bought over the years. I have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Disney+, though I'd cancel all but the last two if I had to.
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I'm not a purist
I just always want easy access to what I like to watch the most.I'm a huge fan of streaming subscriptions and accessing neat movies and shows online. I could browse the titles for hours.
But what streaming companies offer at any given time depends on licensing deals with film studios, acquisitions of big media companies, and other factors. That means a streaming company offering your favorite movies could drive you to sign up for a subscription - and then pull those films or shows when a deal runs out. For example, Netflix is set to stop streaming "The Twilight Zone" and "Twin Peaks" in July.As a Reddit user named Ben, who goes by Cinema Adherent and says he's collected 5,000 discs, told me recently: "With services like Netflix you are always at the whim of whatever they could license for the cheapest this month. Good luck finding what you want to watch when you want to watch it." When a movie craving hits, it's a sinking feeling to find that with a quick Google search, I realize not one of the five streaming subscriptions - a collective $50 - that I pay for offers the film (Google's "Available On" feature is handy for this).
Instead, you're faced with paying an extra $3 to $5 on Google Play or another service to rent it - the same price you'd pay for a disc fished out of a bargain bin. So you might as well just buy a physical copy, even if you watch it only every once and a while.
I started my collection in college to easily watch movies around Halloween, my favorite holiday.I've got the entire Dracula collection, "Practical Magic," "Beetlejuice," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and "Hocus Pocus." And, of course, I bought "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas" before the beloved film was offered on Disney+, which launched in late 2019.
Other titles I own are also available to stream, so there's definitely some overlap. But again, they could always disappear from online offerings, so my physical copies are insurance.
Besides Halloween-themed movies, I have romantic comedies, other comedies, action, musicals, and dramas.The collectors I spoke with said they snagged their finds from a mix of places, including Best Buy, Amazon, and thrift stores. I've taken the same route - there's nothing like rummaging through a bargain bin at Best Buy on a rainy Saturday.
That's something streaming platforms can never touch.
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