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  1. =adrian=

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    A bit of a long shot and probably a wrong section.

    Me are my mrs are not movie buffs. We like to watch an occasional movie from time to time, but it is not a regular thing. We can sometimes not watch anything for months and then we fancy to watch a movie or two in a row.

    Up until now, we used the Blockbuster to rent out Blurays (discs). I know that it wasn't the cheapest option around, but I like the quality of Blu-rays, no hussle with downloads. Rent, watch, return. Simple.

    Sadly, Blockbuster is no more. We are looking for something that will be as easy, the quality would be as good and it won't cost us an arm and leg.

    I know about LoveFilm and the like, but monthly subscription is putting me off a bit (as an example I can say that the last movie we watched together was Hunter on Blu-ray about 4-5 months ago - average movie too; I had to ask my mrs about it becuase I couldn't even recall it). Ideally I'd just like to pay for the movie itself and not for a monthly subscription.

    Is there anything like that still around?
     
  2. aVdub

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    Can you use online to watch movies?

    We both don't want to subscribe to a monthly thing and use Google or Sony to rent and watch movies online.
     
  3. =adrian=

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    I'd prefer to watch them on my TV in my living room. My PC is upstairs and even though I have 30" monitor connected to it, there is no sofa upstairs in my office room.

    Also I would prefer the best quality possible, which is often hard to get online. Even when a movie is advertised as HD quality, when you actually start watching it, it is usually blocky and the sound is compressed.
     
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    Ah that's fair enough.

    Must admit that even though we have good speed and are set up for online, we sometimes notice HD content can be a bit hit or miss.
     
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    That's why I like the option of renting out Blu-ray discs so much. Yes, I had to drive to the shop to rent them. Yes, it was more expensive than watching it online. But the quality of the picture and sound was always great and I was sure that it will be as good as it gets (in most cases) when I was paying for it.

    Also there was no monthly subscription. Pay whenever you fancy watching something.

    EDIT: Also my broadband can be a bit of hit and miss as well.
     
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    Well I agree fully with you there, but will add that if we enjoy the movie we rent through Sony or Google, we will go out later and buy it on Blu or DVD + we don't really have anywhere local for us to rent out movies so online, without a monthly subscription works.

    Not entirely sure of any other options to be honest with you as they all seem to be monthly subs.
     
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    If you have virgin or sky can you not get a movie with the on demand service?

    I have done this a few times with no problems.
     
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    Apple TV, you pay per film.
     
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    Netflix for a £5.00/month even if you don't watch a movie every week its still great value
     
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    You can cancel and restart your netflix at any time.

    Even if it's just for one movie every 3 months. Just restart for the movie and cancel within the 30 days.It'll cost £5 per movie that way but if you haven't tried it before try their first month free trial.
     
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    I really dislike the monthly subsription thingy. It looks like there is not really that much choice for a from-time-to-time movie fan. They all want you to sign a contract these days.

    I was just looking at their website. The postal service might be the next thing for us, but we usually are the "fancy watching a movie now?" kind of couple.

    No Virgin (sadly!) and no Sky here :( Just Freesat.

    I don't have Apple TV.

    In our case. for the past 4-5 months when we didn't watch any movies at all, we would still have to pay £20-25 for the service.
     
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    Hmm seems to good to be true if I'm honest. I'd expect there to be limits to that. I'll look into it. Thanks
     
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    You can always buy it.
     
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    Then screw the movies and spend the BH weekend watching and getting up to speed with the greatest show on/off Tv/Netflix ever Breaking Bad....next episode on Monday
     
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    I know, I have about a dozen of Blurays. Watched them once (if it is really great, maybe twice) never came back to it.
     
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    I'm not fan of TV series if I'm honest. Same as my mrs.
     
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    A bit puzzled by that post. Apple TV is a streaming device.
    Has been mention,Netflix is really good value.
     
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    Us too, fortunately we still have a bricks and mortar one a few miles away. Although we are a family of five now, so the whim ones are normally for the kids.

    For the grown ups I have a suitably large back catalogue :devil:
     
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    Snapshot of movie page, HD 5.1 surround sound but not a cheap option as many movies are around £4.50
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    As mentioned before, I don't have Apple TV. TBH we don't have any Apple devices at the moment. My missus last phone was Apple, but now she has a Samsung's android phone instead.

    ;)

    When we lived in a city (before my son was born) we had much bigger choice than now. Now we live in a small town and out options are much more limited when it comes to bricks-and-mortar shops.
     
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    I just realised that I misunderstood your post.

    What I meant to say is that, from all the movies we bought (and we have around 50 - 60 DVDs and 6 or 7 Blu-rays) there is not really a great deal of movies that we watched a second time. Therefore, for us, there is not much point buying movies, when we can (or could) just rent them cheaper, watch and return.
     
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    But then you're back to needing a decent Internet connection, which he hasn't by the sound of it.
     
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    Agreed, but it's not hard to upgrade that.
     
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    Not so with Google or Sony (Through the Blu-Ray player)
    I have an account with both and we are only charged when we watch a movie through them.

    Ideal for us as it's not a monthly subscription, but perhaps not for you due to you having a slow internet connection.
     
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    aVdub, I have always found Apple TV picture and sound quality superb but I have BT Infinity 2,besides the buffering issues on slower broadband connections does the picture quality suffer as well?.
     
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    With Apple TV I'd have to buy that device as well, which pushes the costs up.

    That Blinkbox looks quite interesting. I could use it on my PS3 which is in my living room and conected to my TV. I need to read some reviews to see what the quality is like.

    That is the problem. My connection can sometimes be a little patchy. It used to be great until Sky bought my ISP (BE Unlimited) and now the quality of the connection dropped and I have more dropouts than I used to.

    It is where I live. The only option I have is through a phone line. Been waiting for years for any fibre optic service to get here. Still nothing. BT promised 1.5 year ago that this area will be connected by then, but still nothing.

    I'll look into that as well. Maybe I will just have to compromise on the quality a little. Do you have to physically download a movie to your device before watching it, or it works more like YouTube with buffering?
     
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    I found this review, which compares the streaming services

    The Netflix vs. LoveFilm vs. Now TV vs. Blinkbox Shoot-Out: Which One is Worth Your Money? | Gizmodo UK

    It looks to me like the best option for me would be to take the LoveFilm disc service, but that would mean no more of a spontaneous movie watching, we would have to plan everything in advance and I find 3 disc per month (only one at each time) very limiting. We usually don't watch a movie for few months, but then we go to blockbuster and rent 3-5 and watch them throughout a weekend.

    I think I'll give a Blinkbox a go tonight to see with my own eyes if the quality is really that bad. In that review he says that Blinkbox doesn't have HD streaming, but on their website I saw some HD movies are available. Although it seems like most are in SD.

    Now TV is way too expensive to consider.

    Example:

    My missus wants to watch "Flight" movie with Denzel Washington (we both like this actor). LoveFilm offers DVD and Blu-ray delivered, but no streaming copy. Now TV doesn't have it at all. Blinkbox has it but only in SD. Netflix doesn't have a search option (at least I can't find it on their website) :facepalm:

    Judging by this example and the review, looks like the LoveFilm disc would be our best choice.
     
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    The trouble with Lovefilm 'by post 'is that they don't always send you your top choice but it would seem to be your best option.
     

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