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dvd rentals ….

So lately I have been wondering why there is a difference between the DVD you buy and the ones you rent.  Why am I denied special features simply because I’m trying beforing I’m buying?  I, like most Americans, are still spending money to be part of a rental service such as Netflix or Redbox (as opposed to those who steal illegally) – is our rental money worth less than the money I might use to purchase the movie?

With television, particularly network television, you can easily find an episode online either through Hulu or the network’s website, or even the recommendation of a friend, and see if a show is any good before buying the DVD.  But not so with movies.  With movies, it’s almost as though we are effectively being penalized because we won’t just buy a movie outright.  I don’t know about everyone, I just know about myself and I can’t afford to go see every movie in the theater – ticket prices are simply too high for that.  I rent (along with many other cash-strapped young professionals in my generation) to see which movies I really love and then I’ll buy them.

One thing I don’t think the movie industry has realized is that the conversation around the watercooler isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago.  Sure, you may discuss the latest episode of a tv show.  But for many of my fellow under-employed friends it’s also discussing a movie which may have come out over a year ago, that someone just recently rented and loved.

So, back to my original point, I don’t think I should be penalized for renting instead of buying.  I am one of those who love the extras on dvds – the commentaries, gag reels, behind-the-scenes info and more.  Sometimes it’s those extras that push me over the top when I’m deciding if I should buy the movie or just save it as a rental if I wanted to watch it again. Realistically speaking, I don’t think the movie industry would lose gobs of money over including special features in rentals and, as I have seen rentals which include special features in the past and a few rentals in the present who do the same, I have to wonder why all companies don’t include them?  I know I’d like to see the figures arguing against DVD extras, but maybe that’s just me.

Until next time …

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