Value of owning a movie for LIFE?

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Unlike VHS tapes that could only be watched so many times, today's Digital Movies (Disney, Vudu , Google Movies) are available for ever and anywhere.

The do you find the anywhere and forever valuable, or low in value?

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Eh... you own a specific format for life. Vudu has SD, HD, HDX - who's to say that a better format comes out and all the latest TVs have it, and then you're stuck on SD or HD?

And you own a bunch of digital bits, ones and zeros from a provider that may not be around in 10 years.

I don't think it's a good value. How many times do you really watch a movie? When I was younger I could watch a favorite movie multiple times, but never enough to make owning it worthwhile. As I grow older, I am less interested in movies, and will watch even a good movie only once.

The value? You can't resell it hence it's worth gold to the studios.

I like that they do not take space and we can find them when we want. I don't know that I expect them to last forever, but these things didn't really resell for anything in physical formats, and space is at a premium. They're also easier to watch at a different location, watch when you cannot sleep without going to scrounge through a collection, etc. The convenience is more of a benefit than the time.

I find that to be a larger benefit for books though. Now, I mostly end up with ebooks and used books, and I am really torn on the used books being so cheap but needing shelf space.

I do prefer to stick with a larger, diverse company, if there isn't a version without DRM.  I do not expect Google to vanish for a very, very long time, though it may change a lot.  Of course, they are more prone to ditching unprofitable products than some companies... but so far they haven't ditched products that removed a lot of purchased library items or similar things - I could easily see them ceasing to sell more at some point.  I'd be a little more hesitant with a company that ONLY sold that digital media, for books.  Movies, I'm less prone to watch years later, so if they last several years after purchase, it probably wouldn't be a massive loss.  Books, I would prefer last indefinitely, as I do go back and read old books (with the exception of outdated tech books).  Books are more likely to be cracked or have DRM removed and stored locally if a large company went out of the business though, and then I'd mostly lose the convenience of their cloud storage.

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