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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 8/31/15
While I get that many are consuming everything through online streaming I can't help but feel that there are merits to buying DVDs and blu-rays. In fact anytime I see a good movie or anime I can't help but feel that I need to purchase it, even though I could watch it anytime through streaming. Perhaps I'm just part of that generation that grew up with physical media and can't just fully make the transition. But that's just me how about everyone else.
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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 8/31/15
I think there's always going to be value in physical media for this art form, if for no other reason than the backup copy it provides in the form of the BD/DVD. And if I were to actually *buy* and therefore own an anime set, I don't see much point in just buying a digital copy of it, especially when it's probably from a DRM service. When you buy a physical copy you get the disc, the case, and everything that goes with it, and then if you want you can ignore the DMCA bullcrap and do what you want with the data on said disc within reason. Furthermore digital distribution is one thing, but mere streaming will never totally replace ownership.

I would possibly consider buying some anime digitally if there was an anime GOG out there, but even then I'd rather just have the BD/DVD set.
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Posted 8/31/15
Buy the Blu-Rays that have the digital add-on. Do they still do that? Be lazy and get the best of both worlds. I'd never purchase pure digital anime, I want that backup copy. (cough, ignoring my Steam games list)
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Posted 8/31/15
I also agree on the idea of physical media being an art form. The most notable example could be made of Funimation's releases of limited edition box sets. They look quite nice and have many other cool features available with them. price wise I wouldn't be able to purchase more than say one or two at a time. But I suppose it would have to be a series that you favor quite a bit.
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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 9/1/15
Well I've noticed that Blu Ray usually looks and sounds better than the digital counterparts.
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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 9/1/15
Definitely DVD or Blu. Too often have I bought digital only to have the company lose rights and me lose what I paid for. They digitally have the right to remove from your account anything they lose rights too but they can't walk into your house to take the legal discs you paid your cold hard cash for. Another thing is, more often than not digital releases don't include the extras DVD and Blu discs often supply.
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Posted 8/31/15
dvd/blu-ray
pro:
better audio and visual quality (bd generally providing better quality compared to dvd)
no buffering required, though you'll need to wait a constant time for the disk to load
the dvd/bd cases are really nice to look at
can watch the series anytime you wish, internet connection not needed.

cons:
if the disk scratches breaks...tough luck.
you need a blu-ray player

digital/streaming
pro:
free or very low cost compared to dvd/bd
can be watched easily on any device, including smartphones/tablets
no need to worry about disk scratches/breaking

con:
lower audio and visual quality because of compression artifacts, which can be very noticeable.
requires buffering, and can freeze midway
requires an active internet connection to be able to watch
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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 8/31/15

endallchaos wrote:

Well I've noticed that Blu Ray usually looks and sounds better than the digital counterparts.


That's another good point. Obviously, there's some loss of quality when streaming video and audio over the Internet. And with the disc you don't have to worry about rewinding or pausing; with a stream, it can be hard to back up to an earlier part of the video. Plus no Internet needed. Not to mention Flash is absolute crap anyway.
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Posted 8/31/15
Blu-ray no question. Better audio and visual quality, when authored correctly of course, and you actually own the copy. Can't resell, lend, or give away a digital copy. Plus, I can make my own digital copy from the blu-ray if I want.
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22 / M / AZ
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Posted 8/31/15
What is this DVD/Blueray you speak of?
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Posted 8/31/15

sonic720 wrote:

Blu-ray no question. Better audio and visual quality, when authored correctly of course, and you actually own the copy. Can't resell, lend, or give away a digital copy. Plus, I can make my own digital copy from the blu-ray if I want.


Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Posted 9/1/15 , edited 9/1/15
Good to have a hard-copy...
I've gotten burned on downloads and digital...

Netflix just bailed on a bunch of films . . . but HULU is picking them up... That might not have worked out that way...

Although, I just sold most of my anime DVDs off today......
(Unemployment makes you need money rather than DVDs... )
Posted 9/1/15
i honestly like Bluray, it looks better

but i have an HD tv so i dont need to really buy blurays
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Blu ray
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Blu-ray
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