This question was asked of me recently with the distinct flavour of, “Do YOU still buy DVDs?”
And the answer is yes, yes I do. I realise there is this thing now called Netflix, where, for a small monthly subscription fee, you have access to a plethora of TV shows, movies, documentaries, and what have you. But there are two challenges I face with Netflix:
1. Australian Netflix < US Netflix.
There’s a lot of content on Australian Netflix, don’t get me wrong, and I’ll probably never watch all that’s on offer. Nor do I want to. But US Netflix has more choices. Oh, you have a sudden urge to watch an episode of Seinfeld? Too bad! We don’t have Seinfeld available for your viewing pleasure. It is available on DVD though…
2. I live in the mini Dark Ages when it comes to my internet.
I have 12GB per month on my mobile broadband plan and believe it or not this is just not enough to binge-watch a season of Arrested Development AND leave me enough data left over for general internet activities. I have found that about an hour of Netflix will chew up just under a GB of my data. I do have 20GB per month on my mobile plan and on occasion, I will watch the odd episode of something while on the bus on the way to work. But the majority of this data is allocated to downloading podcasts and audiobooks, and social media usage (don’t judge me).
So, yeah, I buy DVDs.
DVDs are great. You can re-watch an episode without using up more data. Very often there are special features included on the DVD. My personal favourite is the Blooper Reel and I firmly believe that every single DVD sold should include a Blooper Reel, whether it’s a comedy or not. I recently bought Season 5 of New Girl and at the end of watching the season finale, I flicked back to the main screen, excited to watch the Blooper Reel and any other exciting extras that had been included. But I was horrified to find that there was nothing. Not even a behind the scenes. Not cool.
Recently though, I’ve purchased season passes to Upper Middle Bogan (season 3) and the first season of Rosehaven (two hilarious Aussie comedies) on iTunes. Sure, downloading them chews up my quota, but I can re-watch episodes or parts of episodes whenever I need a giggle. AND both shows include a Blooper Reel. Win win!
So, yes, I buy DVDs. And I’ll be going out today to buy a couple more (box sets). And judging by the huge selection on offer at my local DVD store, many others buy DVDs too. I don’t think the DVD will be obsolete any time soon.
Now I just need to shop for more DVD storage.