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Old 17-01-2013, 10:15
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Now that HMV is closing, does this now mean that we will find it harder to find physical copies of a movie and expected to simply just download the film because thats not gonna happen in my case....

I absolutely despise downloading and wouldn't wanna just stream the movie off the internet.

I have only just started getting Blu-Rays the last couple of years and love them!

So what options have we now got for buying films and making sure we now OWN them for the rest of our lives?

Where exactly can I actually buy films now apart from Tesco or Amazon? Does this mean I have to buy them on my playstation or something or from my Virgin Media box?

Could someone explain all the options if the physical copies decline because I can't understand why people wouldn't want to own a physical copy. How disposable is that!
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:26
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It's a sad state of affairs. The choices will be as you have laid out - download, supermarket or online. I have issues with all three, but will use them from time to time.

Download - poor quality, high chance of losing the film/forgetting where it was downloaded from.
Supermarket - poor selection when you try to come out of the current chart releases.
Online - lead time too slow. When I buy a film, it's usually because I want to watch something that night.
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:29
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Sainsburys have the best selection and better prices than ASDA in my town.
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:30
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It's a sad state of affairs. The choices will be as you have laid out - download, supermarket or online. I have issues with all three, but will use them from time to time.

Download - poor quality, high chance of losing the film/forgetting where it was downloaded from.
Supermarket - poor selection when you try to come out of the current chart releases.
Online - lead time too slow. When I buy a film, it's usually because I want to watch something that night.
Netflix quality is brilliant.
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:38
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Netflix quality is brilliant.
When compared to a BluRay disc?
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Old 17-01-2013, 10:38
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Sky films are great quality however pricey
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Old 17-01-2013, 12:25
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I went into HMV last night and it was really quite busy. I don't know if it was people browsing for a bargain or people who genuinely want the HMV brand to survive. I bought 6 DVDs, 5 CDs and a t-shirt and got them for 66, a great price but only because of the Blue Cross Sale and 2 CDs for 10. I love browsing in HMV and they do stock a lot of my chosen genre, cheesy zombie films. I have never seen any that I would want to buy in a supermarket and I'll old school too, love actually seeing what I am buying and talking to staff. I do buy some things online but I hope HMV will survive in some shape or form, not including the staff who could lose their jobs.
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Old 17-01-2013, 12:38
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I've no intention of downloading stuff that I want to rewatch. I'll continue buying Blu Rays from HMV while they remain on the high street and if necessary will buy mail order after that. I like to collect physical discs just as I like to collect CDs and paper books.

For stuff I'll watch just the once I'll continue with Sky Movies and Lovefilm for the rarer titles. I know that the BFI intend digitising their entire film and TV archive and presumably the major producer/distributors will do likewise. For rarer titles not available in physical format I would pay to view on demand.
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Old 17-01-2013, 12:44
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I think for alot of people they will just do what they did before which is either buy online or from the supermarket.
I must admit the only times I ever went into HMV was to browse and only ever spent if there was a bargain. Why would I buy new releases from there when I could get them cheaper elswhere.
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Old 17-01-2013, 16:40
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I never buy films from HMV anyway, either supermarket or amazon are the best places.

Since being charged 50 for 2 Auf Wiedersehen Pet dvd's a few years ago i haven't shopped their again.
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Old 17-01-2013, 17:07
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Since being charged 50 for 2 Auf Wiedersehen Pet dvd's a few years ago i haven't shopped their again.
I would have left them there at that price.

Regarding Netflix. It's quite good quality, but god forbid someone in the house gets bored and checks facebook while you're watching something. Pixel city.

Not to mention the pixels that hog the screen at the beginning of everything you watch. Sometimes i have trouble trying to read who's involved during the main credits, it's that bad.

Also, they rarely have subtitles, and i live in a very noisy house.

Bluray and original dvds cannot be beat.
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Old 17-01-2013, 17:27
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Regarding Netflix. It's quite good quality, but god forbid someone in the house gets bored and checks facebook while you're watching something. Pixel city.

Not to mention the pixels that hog the screen at the beginning of everything you watch. Sometimes i have trouble trying to read who's involved during the main credits, it's that bad.


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Surely that's all dependant on your Broadband speed so its not going to be like that for everyone.
I used to when my speed was low, but since getting BT infinity I've not suffered any issues at the start or when others are online.
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:29
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Sainsburys have the best selection and better prices than ASDA in my town.
Sainsburys online store has a good selection as well, i was surprised how many films they stock.
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:34
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Now that HMV is closing, does this now mean that we will find it harder to find physical copies of a movie and expected to simply just download the film because thats not gonna happen in my case....

I absolutely despise downloading and wouldn't wanna just stream the movie off the internet.

I have only just started getting Blu-Rays the last couple of years and love them!

So what options have we now got for buying films and making sure we now OWN them for the rest of our lives?

Where exactly can I actually buy films now apart from Tesco or Amazon? Does this mean I have to buy them on my playstation or something or from my Virgin Media box?

Could someone explain all the options if the physical copies decline because I can't understand why people wouldn't want to own a physical copy. How disposable is that!
I don't buy DVDs or Blu-Rays myself but if I was going to buy a physical copy then HMV would have been far down on my list.

It would have been something like
Amazon
Play
eBay
ASDA/Tesco online

and if I went into a shop it would have been ASDA, Tesco or Morrisons before going into the town centre/high street
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:34
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hmv arent closing.... yet...
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:41
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I've been buying Blu Rays exclusively from Amazon for years and will continue to do so. The last time I purchased something in HMV was a couple of years ago when I used up an HMV gift card I got for Christmas...and used it to purchase an iTunes gift card.
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Old 17-01-2013, 18:49
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I know we have the likes of Amazon and Play that sell cheaper, but, I sometimes wonder if some of the freeloaders that download via illegal torrents also contribute to the downfall of Companies? there any many on here that boast they download this that and the other, never have to buy anything, why should I type thing, it does not hurt anyone, they make enough money etc, etc, but at the sharp retail end, no one buys, no income, no store.
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Old 17-01-2013, 19:38
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I know we have the likes of Amazon and Play that sell cheaper, but, I sometimes wonder if some of the freeloaders that download via illegal torrents also contribute to the downfall of Companies? there any many on here that boast they download this that and the other, never have to buy anything, why should I type thing, it does not hurt anyone, they make enough money etc, etc, but at the sharp retail end, no one buys, no income, no store.
Interestingly there's quite a lot of research that suggests pirates have to tendency to buy a lot of product as well as illegally downloading. Chances are however, they're smart enough to shop around and find the best deal (which 99% of the time, was not HMV)...
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Old 17-01-2013, 19:50
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I know we have the likes of Amazon and Play that sell cheaper, but, I sometimes wonder if some of the freeloaders that download via illegal torrents also contribute to the downfall of Companies? there any many on here that boast they download this that and the other, never have to buy anything, why should I type thing, it does not hurt anyone, they make enough money etc, etc, but at the sharp retail end, no one buys, no income, no store.
Bad business decisions are what contribute to the downfall of these companies, not piracy.
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Old 17-01-2013, 20:01
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You're acting like HMV is the only place that sells films :-s
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Old 17-01-2013, 21:34
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You're acting like HMV is the only place that sells films :-s
Added to the thread I saw that seemed to think they also propped up the british film industry ..
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Old 17-01-2013, 22:18
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Now that HMV is closing, does this now mean that we will find it harder to find physical copies of a movie and expected to simply just download the film because thats not gonna happen in my case....

I absolutely despise downloading and wouldn't wanna just stream the movie off the internet.

I have only just started getting Blu-Rays the last couple of years and love them!

So what options have we now got for buying films and making sure we now OWN them for the rest of our lives?

Where exactly can I actually buy films now apart from Tesco or Amazon? Does this mean I have to buy them on my playstation or something or from my Virgin Media box?

Could someone explain all the options if the physical copies decline because I can't understand why people wouldn't want to own a physical copy. How disposable is that!
Asda sell DVDs and Blu-rays as well. Amazon's got every DVD going though.
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Old 17-01-2013, 22:44
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Sainsburys online store has a good selection as well, i was surprised how many films they stock.
Yup, often undercutting Amazon's prices too. It is sad for the high street, but sadly it does look like businesses that solely focus on digital entertainment are going to find it very hard, businesses need many other income streams. Sainsburys also doesn't have the in-town property rent issues that HMV had to anywhere near the same extent.
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Old 18-01-2013, 00:52
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And why do people think Amazon are the only online store to buy physical discs?!?!
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Old 18-01-2013, 00:59
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And why do people think Amazon are the only online store to buy physical discs?!?!
name some other decent stores please.
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