For the longest time I have been avoiding digital only content. I thought to myself, it does not seem to make sense to pay the same amount of money for a digital download as a DVD from the local electronics store.
Why pay the same money for a digital movie as a DVD?
If the price were cheaper I could see possibly switching. While I am good about recycling and do bike to work, I still do get my bank statements via mail and magazines. There is just something about getting “less” for the same price that did not appeal to me.
I have let others borrow my movies for a while now. Having the hard media has made that possible. If I get a digital download, I won’t be able to let others borrow them. This is something that apparently the Barnes and Noble “Nook” can do with books that the Amazon “Kindle” cannot. I have yet to hear of any online movie sellers / renters offering this service and really doubt we will see it any time soon. In fact, it is probably bad that I let friends borrow my movies now.
Move toward HD
As new movies come out, I have been picking them up on Blu-Ray. Those that I don’t think are worth the premium price, I wait until they come to the local “Red Box” for $5 previewed on standard DVD.
I do own more than 400 standard DVDs and do watch them on occasion. There are some I enjoy so much that I needed to pick them up on Blu-Ray if the price was right to experience them in High Definition. My goal now is to reduce the number of DVDs I own, and get that smaller collection onto my computer so I can put away the obsolete DVDs.
Digital Media Receiver
So….here we go. I really have no idea how to setup a digital library other than iTunes. I know some people have servers where they store all of their music and movies, but I am just getting started and wanted to keep the cost relatively low. After looking at my options, it seemed like iTunes and the Apple TV were the answer. I have some movies already loaded into iTunes and since I am a Mac user, seemed the easiest.
Apple TV not only allows you to stream movies purchased / rented from iTunes, but allows you to access your music and movies as well. I was originally going to just get a HDMI adapter and cable to connect my iMac to my TV, but the idea of a wireless device that can work virtually anywhere the network, ultimately made up my mind.
10% Restocking Fee
I am skeptical about the quality of digital media, and since I don’t have HD Cable, have not even considered replacing my Blu-Ray collection. I was once told that current, and likely future, delivery systems will NOT be able to provide end users with 1080p quality video and sound due to the extremely high bandwidth required.
Apple has a 10% restocking fee, and that likely means I will need to pay for the return shipping, but buying the unit from Apple online as “refurbished.” it was still cheaper than going to my local store and picking on up. The only downside..it just left Sacramento, CA, when I could have one right now!!
More to follow…
I will let you know more after it arrives and I have a chance to test it out to see if it is a keeper or just not enough for the discerning audio/video phile. Well, I don’t listen to LPs, so I am not that much of an audiophile 🙂
There are some that watch shows on Hulu and other free sites and no longer turn on their TV, but I don’t think the quality is there. This is probably because I have the slowest DSL available because I am cheap. LOL. Perhaps If I enjoy digital media I will upgrade my DSL, but with my roommates in love with TV, will likely not be able to dump cable just yet.