RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 135,778
Posts: 5,217,108
Members: 24,216
Currently online: 781
Newest member: momogila

TrekToday headlines

Q Meets NuTrek Crew
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18

Pine In Talks For Drama
By: T'Bonz on Apr 18

New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer
By: T'Bonz on Apr 17

Nimoy to Receive Award
By: T'Bonz on Apr 17

Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone Comic
By: T'Bonz on Apr 16

These Are The Voyages TOS Season Two Book Review
By: T'Bonz on Apr 16

Kirk’s Well Wishes To Kirk
By: T'Bonz on Apr 15

Quinto In New Starz Series
By: T'Bonz on Apr 15

Star Trek: Horizon Film
By: T'Bonz on Apr 14

Star Trek: Fleet Captains Game Expansion
By: T'Bonz on Apr 14


Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.


Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > TV & Media

TV & Media Non-Trek television, movies, books, music, etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old September 29 2010, 12:48 AM   #1
Lord Garth
Guest
 
Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

In 2001 when The X-Files was released on DVD in season sets, I remember thinking this was a brilliant idea. You could purchase an entire series for hundreds of dollars over the course of months instead of thousands of dollars over the course of years, and it beat setting the VCR to record a show every day until you had all the episodes, which took more commitment than simply purchasing a series however many times there were seasons, less if you thought the series jumped the shark eventually.

So, here I was purchasing all kinds of season sets for various series. What was my rationale? I couldn't go to the video store and find most of these series on DVD. I never saw Three's Company or I Dream of Jeannie at Blockbuster, for instance.

I'd watch every episode of every set. I'd plow right through them if I was really into the series. Then I'd never watch it again. Or seldom watch it again.

Now I have a ton of DVDs that I might feel like watching, and they're there if or when I feel like seeing them again... but I wish I went the Netflix sooner than 2010. I was slow to make this particular change but I'm glad I did.

Unless it's something like Mad Men where I'm going to watch it several times (Mad Men is to me now what Star Trek was 20 years ago, or Oz 10 years ago), I'm probably only going to watch it once or twice... so why purchase a series when renting it is so much more cost-effective and better in-tune with my actual viewing habits?
  Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 02:48 AM   #2
Professor Zoom
Vice Admiral
 
Professor Zoom's Avatar
 
Location: Idealistic
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

And with instant streaming, soon DVD will be passe.
__________________
Batman does not eat nachos.
Professor Zoom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 02:58 AM   #3
Temis the Vorta
Fleet Admiral
 
Temis the Vorta's Avatar
 
Location: Tatoinne
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I've never bought much on DVD, but Dexter and Lost are both series I want to own physical copies of. Streaming ain't the same.
Temis the Vorta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:01 AM   #4
SJSharksfan39
Admiral
 
SJSharksfan39's Avatar
 
Location: Clone Club
View SJSharksfan39's Twitter Profile
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I only bought shows that I really like (Star Trek in it's various forms) and Babylon 5 and Farscape. I don't go out of my way to get any show and with Streaming now, it's better and more convienent to watch the shows online. That's what I've been thinking about doing with Firefly (As a revisit) and maybe Eureka. Streaming is only going to get bigger I think and it might make Purchasing just DVD's passe.
__________________
Twitter
SJSharksfan39 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:05 AM   #5
Goliath
Vice Admiral
 
Goliath's Avatar
 
Location: The Fifth Dimension
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I re-watch almost all of the TV series that I have purchased on DVD.

For example: I re-watched The Wire for the second time, not too long ago. And I'm in the middle of re-watching The Shield.

It's rare that I purchase a series on DVD that I'm not interested in re-watching. Unfortunately, my latest purchase, Season One of Fringe, seems to be one of those cases. I bought it because it was only twenty bucks, and so far, it isn't exactly blowing my skirt up.
__________________
An illusion--with intelligence! A malignant vision, with a will of pure evil!
Goliath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:06 AM   #6
23skidoo
Admiral
 
Location: Fifth Circle of Hell
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I consider buying TV shows on DVD to be exactly the same as buying a novel or a short story collection or a graphic novel. If it's something you really like, you buy it for your library to watch/read again. If you only have a passing interest, you might be better off borrowing the book from the library or buying an e-book and then erasing it.

I love buying TV shows on DVD because I've grown tired of watching shows on broadcast and having to deal with commercials and edits. Also, especially with arc-heavy shows like BSG and Fringe, I find it a lot easier to follow the story if I'm able to watch 4-5-6 episodes at a time (which I have done).

Some shows I have picked up, watched a season, then left sit for a couple years before watching more. That happened with Deadwood, for example. It's no different than buying "the Complete Sherlock Holmes" and reading a few of the books and then coming back later to finish. DVDs (or Blu-Rays as the case may be) of TV series are books. If the show happens to be arc-heavy or a "telenovel" (i.e. Fringe, BSG, DS9), then it's the equivalent of a novel (or a multi-chapter novel if you buy season by season). If it's a series that airs standalone episodes like, say, NCIS or CSI or Star Trek TOS, then it's the equivalent of a short story collection.

It's also tremendous for feeding nostalgia, which for me includes the ongoing issues of classic Doctor Who, the 1980s Max Headroom, and the long awaited issues of the original Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman.

Certainly in stores I don't see any indication of TV shows on DVD being passe. In fact I often find it easier to pick up a TV show than a new-release Blu-Ray (referencing my rant elsewhere about Blu-Ray availability at places like Wal-Mart). There is a trend in our culture against commercialism and the ownership of property, so things like temporary downloads and streaming are pushing DVD back. But it's not going to disappear. I don't have any confidence in shows like Six Million Dollar Man ever coming out in Blu-Ray, mind you. But frankly, they don't need it.

Alex
23skidoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:09 AM   #7
The Borgified Corpse
Admiral
 
The Borgified Corpse's Avatar
 
Location: Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down there 20 minutes ago.
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I've certainly found endless rewatchability from my DVDs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, NewsRadio, Red Dwarf, Roswell, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, & Wonderfalls.

Then there are some shows that I love and own a bunch of DVDs of but just never get around to watching, like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Firefly, Frasier, Star Trek, & The Twilight Zone.

Then there are shows where I really wonder why I bothered, like Babylon 5, Crusade, Conviction, Dollhouse, Earth: Final Conflict, Millennium, Northern Exposure, Tru Calling, & The X-Files.
__________________
Kegg: "You're a Trekkie. The capacity to quibble over the minutiae of space opera films is your birthright."
The Borgified Corpse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:15 AM   #8
The Borgified Corpse
Admiral
 
The Borgified Corpse's Avatar
 
Location: Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down there 20 minutes ago.
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

23skidoo wrote: View Post
I don't have any confidence in shows like Six Million Dollar Man ever coming out in Blu-Ray, mind you. But frankly, they don't need it.
It's ironic. Old shows made with old film editing techniques from the 1960s like the original Star Trek & The Twilight Zone are easy to transfer to Blu-Ray. And yet later shows from the 1970s-90s can be nearly impossible because they were edited on a faster system with less resolution. It's just one of the many ways in which I think the 1980s has aged probably the most badly of any of the decades of the 20th century.
__________________
Kegg: "You're a Trekkie. The capacity to quibble over the minutiae of space opera films is your birthright."
The Borgified Corpse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:26 AM   #9
Lord Garth
Guest
 
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I think the '70s, '80s, and '90s all have aspects to them that have aged less-than-desirably. Yes, the '90s too.

I'm not much of a fan of '80s TV, but a lot of my favorite movies are from that decade, as are a lot of my favorite songs. I prefer the '80s to the '90s overall, and I say this as someone who graduated high school in 1998.
  Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:29 AM   #10
Owain Taggart
Rear Admiral
 
Owain Taggart's Avatar
 
Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I don't think it's quite there yet. The one thing keeping streaming from being something really useful is the selection available, both new and old. There's just not enough of it, at least in Canada, due to the rights required in order to stream them. So, at least here, it won't replace DVDs anytime soon.
Owain Taggart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:30 AM   #11
Mr. Laser Beam
Fleet Admiral
 
Mr. Laser Beam's Avatar
 
Location: The visitor's bullpen
View Mr. Laser Beam's Twitter Profile
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

I collect baseball games on DVD, and I doubt that any of them (even the World Series) will be permanently streamed. I don't think the bandwidth is in place to stream absolutely everything. Especially in high definition.
__________________
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
Mr. Laser Beam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 05:36 AM   #12
Sheep
Vice Admiral
 
Sheep's Avatar
 
Location: Chicago
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

Professor Zoom wrote: View Post
And with instant streaming, soon DVD will be passe.
I've never had a problem sticking any DVD in my player to watch it whenever I wanted.

My internet connection, OTOH, is another story. Coupled with bandwidth limits and I think digital distribution won't be a suitable 100% replacement any time soon.
__________________
Hating the anti-intellectual movement since before it was actually a movement.
Sheep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 05:47 AM   #13
Professor Zoom
Vice Admiral
 
Professor Zoom's Avatar
 
Location: Idealistic
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

Sheep wrote: View Post
Professor Zoom wrote: View Post
And with instant streaming, soon DVD will be passe.
I've never had a problem sticking any DVD in my player to watch it whenever I wanted.

My internet connection, OTOH, is another story. Coupled with bandwidth limits and I think digital distribution won't be a suitable 100% replacement any time soon.

True. But I'm not talking in the short term. More like 10 years.
__________________
Batman does not eat nachos.
Professor Zoom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 11:24 AM   #14
ElimParra
Fleet Admiral
 
ElimParra's Avatar
 
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

Sheep wrote: View Post
Professor Zoom wrote: View Post
And with instant streaming, soon DVD will be passe.
I've never had a problem sticking any DVD in my player to watch it whenever I wanted.
Same here. Lately I've been watching season 1 of Babylon 5, as hired it (and others) from my local library. There are some shows I want to collect, but I can wait until cheaper prices and when I feel the time is right.
ElimParra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 29 2010, 03:51 PM   #15
milo bloom
Fleet Captain
 
milo bloom's Avatar
 
Location: The varied and beautiful Chicagoland suburbs.
Re: Purchasing series on DVD -- is it passe?

Some streaming and some DVD. We have Netflix instant streaming, and it's great for shows like 30 Rock that we love, but we don't see getting that many re-watches. But I have all of TOS and TNG on DVD because that's going to get rewatched for years to come.
__________________
'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!
milo bloom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.