Disc vs. Digital

Disc vs. Digital

It's that age-old argument of which is better: owning a hard copy of the movie or just buying it digitally on iTunes or Amazon or watching it on Netflix. I personally fall on to the hard copy side of battle but I can see both sides so I'm going to take a look at the pros and cons of each.

OWNING THE DISC:
PROS

  1. It's something you physically can hold and as we all know, people like to have collections. Maybe it's just me being part of Generation-X but I like showing people the 700+ DVD/Blu-ray collection at my home as opposed to saying, "Look at the 700+ icons in the folder on my hard drive".
  2. It's mine and mine alone. No one can take it from me. I can watch it whenever I want.
  3. I can loan it to my friends or take it over to someone's house. With a digital code it's harder to take a movie you own over to someone's house. Sure you can maybe cast it from your phone onto their TV but that's all reliant on your friend being up on their technology too.
  4. I can bring them into work and put them on in the background and not have to worry about streaming over the company internet and slowing down everyone else.

CONS

  1. Bulky and they take up space. I'd say my collection takes up about 8 ft. in width and about 7 ft. in height
  2. You gotta do some dusting every now and then.
  3. Transport. If you have to move, it's a pain in the ass to move a 700+ discs versus one hard drive. 
  4. Damage. Discs get scratches. Scratches make discs unplayable.
  5. Cost. You're paying for the packaging and the disc instead of just the movie.

OWNING THE DIGITAL COPY:

PROS

  1. You don't have to wait for the actual release date. A lot of times the digital version will come out a week or two before the hard copy version.
  2. You can decide to order/buy it and it's instantly ready 24/7. You don't have to wait for the mail or the store to open.
  3. You can carry hundreds if not thousands of movies in your pocket with a phone or external hard drive.
  4. As long as you have a phone or tablet, you can watch them anywhere you want as long as you have an internet connection or they are on the hard drive on your device.

CONS

  1. You need an internet connection to get the movie first and/or to watch it if you're using Netflix or renting it on Amazon or iTunes.
  2. You have worry about it leaving Netflix or Amazon due to general cycling of movies or deal with movie companies that expire as explained in. 
  3. For the most part, you're watching them on a tiny 5"-6" screen with a phone or a few inches bigger if it's a tablet or laptop. This is just personal preference for me as I get eye strain if I'm trying to focus on a phone screen watching a movie for a couple hours straight. 
  4. You may think you own the movie that you have the digital code for. This isn't always the case as evidenced in this link.
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