The "I'm Not Paying" Confessional Thread

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by USS Triumphant, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. cultcross

    cultcross The Slay of the Doctor Moderator

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    Streaming isn't nearly reliable or consistent enough for me yet to ditch the DVD. Probably less than a sixth of my existing DVD collection is readily available on streaming services and even that can't be relied upon - the Stargate series and Firefly have disappeared from Netflix without explanation.

    Stuff I definitely want to have to hand to watch whenever, still gets a DVD purchase.
     
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  2. BillJ

    BillJ The King of Kings Premium Member

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    I keep the stuff I have long term interest in, like the various Star Trek series, on disc.
     
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  3. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Meh. If such a place ever exists, there'll be much worse things to worry about.

    Like zombies.

    And canned beets.
     
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  4. KirkusOveractus

    KirkusOveractus Commodore Commodore

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    Most of what I like watching I have to have on DVD, because they consist of documentaries, old railroad movies or train things, TV shows or movies that simply are too obscure for online services (such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for one example). The same goes for music I have on vinyl or CD. A lot of it is simply not out there online to be listened to.

    Beyond that, I want to be able to control what I watch, when I want to watch it. I don't want an algorithm or trends to dictate it for me.
     
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  5. BillJ

    BillJ The King of Kings Premium Member

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    This. With streaming we are turning control back over to content providers.
     
  6. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Anyone else ever wonder what's going to happen once humans start throwing away their entertainment media en masse?

    That stuff takes a long time to decompose.
     
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  7. KirkusOveractus

    KirkusOveractus Commodore Commodore

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    The upside is that I've been able to find movies or shows on DVD in thrift stores for a really good price now!

    My daughter loves a few TV series but never wants me to get her those series on DVD, because she can call them up on Netflix. I explain to her that Netflix will not have infinite space to store everything (they don't do that now!) and some of those series will no longer exist on there. The only way to watch them could be via DVD or Blu Ray.

    Hopefully she'll understand it at some point.
     
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  8. BillJ

    BillJ The King of Kings Premium Member

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    Kids just have so much at their fingertips they don't rewatch things the same way we did when we were kids.
     
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  9. KirkusOveractus

    KirkusOveractus Commodore Commodore

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    That's the thing: she's addicted to American Horror Story, and she watches those, especially the first season, a lot.

    Maybe I'll get her the first season on disc and put it away, just in case one day there are withdrawal symptoms if Netflix pulls it.
     
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  10. starmike

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    I'm a quality snob. Blu-Ray/4K gives you far more bandwidth than streaming ever can. So, I'll always have a player of some kind around.
     
  11. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I buy everything from iTunes nowadays. I'm fully confident DSC will turn up there as well.

    The best part is, unlike CBS-AA, you get to KEEP everything - and it's not streaming. :)
     
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  12. BillJ

    BillJ The King of Kings Premium Member

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    I have a 4K TV and disc player, and one 4K disc... Star Trek Beyond.
     
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  13. BillJ

    BillJ The King of Kings Premium Member

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    I would think the best part is that I get to pay $9.99 a month and have access to their entire library.
     
  14. starmike

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    No, it's not streaming, but it's not Blu-Ray quality either. Sure, it's Blu-Ray size, but you're not getting the full bandwidth, compression, 7.1 and/or Atmos audio.
     
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  15. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    The technology to support 4K quality streaming exists (more or less) now. But the infrastructure here in the US is so bad that the amount of packet loss makes it impossible, and that's after you get passed the bandwidth limit price gauging.

    And unfortunately for you folks in other places where that have much better infrastructure, the content providers seem fine on keeping things to the US "standard" (for lack of a better term).
     
  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Yeah, well, it's close enough. :shrug:
     
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  17. jamestyler

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    There's loads of good stuff on there thats exclusive to Netlix in the UK Sense8 and The Expanse are two favourites in terms of sci fi, and The OA was a decent watch as well.

    So yeah... good excuse! And loads still to discover.

    I'm the opposite - I barely touch my DVD's these days and find a lot of content on Netflix I wouldn't have watched otherwise. There's the original content (OITNB, The OA or affiliated stuff like Expanse and Saul etc) but a lot of stuff I've watched just because I was bored and it was readily available.

    The latest was 12 Monkeys. Didn't have the sightest interest in it, but I've binged the two seasons available and actually enjoyed it. There's been the odd movie thats had the same treatment that I otherwise would never have even heard of.

    As for the topic: Netflix has become my primary source of viewing. Not only for the above reasons, but.... I can get a good archive as well as surprises. Now I get all of Star Trek AND a new series! So I'm pretty happywith that.
     
  18. Kor

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    We'll launch it all into the sun like Superman might have done in a certain movie that never happened.

    Kor
     
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  19. Lakenheath 72

    Lakenheath 72 Commodore Commodore

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    I will be holding off for the mean time. I want to see how the show progresses, from those who have seen it.
     
  20. uniderth

    uniderth Commodore Commodore

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    If I do watch it, it will be through alternative means. And by "alternative" I simply mean any method that does not involve me personally subscribing to CBS All Access.

    Looks like some of us are already living in a Post-Apocalyptic society. Let me get you some REAL Star trek.