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DVD's or Streaming: Which Is Better?

Updated on December 11, 2011

Recently, Netflix caused quite a stir and lost a lot of revenue when it tried to force streaming video movies onto their subscribers by making DVD rentals more costly. As a Netflix subber, I had both services for a while.

Streaming is still in its infancy in many ways. Successful streaming uninterrupted depends on a variety of factors from your computer, your Internet connection, restrictions on the connections that the ISP may have. DVD's do not . With streaming, a computer that is even a few years old may have issues streaming in a movie or TV show. I noticed this with my HP pavilion of fouryear old and one only a year old. The older one worked but it would stall more frequently, sometimes just crashed, while the new one worked most of the time fine. However, Netflix adjusts the speed of the stream to your ISP limits and even with the new computer, I sometimes lost the connection. So, irritating!

I have noticed on Hulu or Disney, the older computer worked fairly well when streaming video and YouTube is fine also. Most streaming will work for awhile and then a pause will occur to buffer the video. Just another irritating item with streaming.

Of course, DVDs have none of these issues, scratches, yes, which can be irritating for sure. But Netflix has said it will gradually phase out DVDs with five years because they feel they will be obsoleted by streaming. Maybe. When CD's first came out, it was hard to imagine that there would be no LPs around.

Socially, streaming is less social because as of now, most streaming occurs on someones 20" computer screen for one to watch. You never see the family sitting around it. This promotes anti-socialism within a family with everyone streaming a show or movie into their device, it also taxes your ISP system. DVD's are the opposite. Many families watch a movie or TV shows together on a big 55" screen, at least they are in the same room. Many families gather around to watch a TV show on DVD to catch up on a series they missed that was on TV. Other than that, the TV is seldom on. Of course, if your house has several DVD players, it could be anti-social also.

At least for now, streaming needs to get better and more consistent in their delivery. Like Netflix said, they were premature in their push on consumers in streaming. I agree.


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    • MarloByDesign profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      I agree with you and would rather watch DVDs - I feel like they are more reliable.


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