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Question #91236 posted on 05/15/2018 9:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is your movie library full of hard copies or have you gone digital? If you're digital, what platform do you use? Apple TV? Amazon? Pros? Cons? Regrets? Suggestions?

My wife and I started our own family library/collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays when we were married, but I'm considering starting to buy digital formats from now on to save space.

-Jack Hughman

A:

Dear Jugo,

I passed off your question to my sister, who has considerable experience with this. Here's what she had to say:

We have ridiculously huge libraries of both hard copies and digital movies, so I feel qualified to answer this. We use movies anywhere for our digital movies, which combines purchases from iTunes, Amazon video, Vudu, and I believe also a few others. 

Pros of movies anywhere vs any other platform: if a movie is available on one platform for cheaper, you can buy it there. Cons: I believe they're in a dispute with some studio because there are a few movies that we still have to go to the individual platform we bought them on to watch.

Pros of digital movies in general: more and more places don't have dvd or Blu-ray players (hotels, new laptops, etc.). We can watch our movies on our devices that don't have CD drives (iPads, phones,the cheap-o tablet we bought for [our three-year-old] to watch movies on during road trips). No fiddling around with finding, putting on, and putting away physical movies. No dealing with fingerprints (big bonus for families with small children).

Cons of digital movies: if your internet goes out, you can't watch unless you planned ahead. Downloading movies to watch offline can easily eat up memory on devices. Not every movie is available digitally for as cheap as physical copies.

We still buy physical movies if they're the cheapest option, but we honestly end up watching our digital movies a lot more often, and I love that they don't have to be physically stored somewhere.

So, there you have it! Good luck with your movie-making decisions.

~Anathema