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Poll #47: How do you watch movies 

How do you watch your movies?
Theater 24%  24%  [ 17 ]
Walk in video-rental store 7%  7%  [ 5 ]
Mailed to my house (NetFlix et al.) 19%  19%  [ 13 ]
Walk-up rental machine (Redbox. et al.) 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
Purchased DVD's 19%  19%  [ 13 ]
Downloaded on my PC 9%  9%  [ 6 ]
Borrowed from friends 9%  9%  [ 6 ]
Other (please explain) 11%  11%  [ 8 ]
Total votes : 70

Poll #47: How do you watch movies 
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Post Poll #47: How do you watch movies
Apologies for the delay, I spaced.

From Awf Hand on the Poll Ideas thread, how do you watch your movies?


Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:39 pm
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I rent from my local library


Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:39 pm
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Netflix. Considering the sheer amount and type of films you can get from it, it is the best way to go in my opinoon. My wife loves RedBox for the new releases, but I go with Netflix.


Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:44 pm
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Netflix for me. About 60% of the movies I see. With a small * on that:

*Like a fool, I've become a prolific blind-buyer. The library here sells their un-checked DVDs for ~$1.00/each and I tend to buy it if it looks interesting and/or foreign. Video stores sell used DVDs for reasonable prices and I pick up tons of missed new-releases this way. That goes for Best Buy and their cut-out bins. Then there's Barnes & Noble with their expanded foreign film section and Criterion shrine. I've purchased ~15 Criterions in the past 3 months. Fuck me... I could have used that money to have one of you maimed!


Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:58 pm
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I think it goes like this:

30% Netflix
25% Theater
20% Library
15% Purchased DVD
9% Borrowed From Friends
1% Downloads

I include Instant Watch movies, which I suppose are watched on the PC, as Netflix.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:45 am
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Probably about an even mix of rented DVDs (from an actual store!) and the movie theater. I know, I'm a luddite.

I think it would also be relevant to talk about the viewing conditions. Do you have a full-fledged home entertainment system? A shitty little CRT TV? Is your local theater a crummy multiplex, a well-kept one, or a bitchin' movie house?


Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:08 am
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This really seems like a poll you should be able to click more than one answer for. Sure I watch most of my movies from Netflix, but I also average like 50 movies in theaters a year.

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Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:20 am
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I went with Other, and the response requires an explanation. Here goes:

I use DVR and record anything that sounds interesting. TCM, IFC, and the Sundance channels are what I usually record from, but I also like to check the Encore! channels (especially the Western channel). Anyway, my DVR stays pretty full, which can become a problem. There's nothing worse than finding something that peaks your interest, and either not being able to record it because of a lack of space, or having to delete something previously recorded.

I'd say my viewings break down like so:

DVR/Cable - 50%
Netflix - 30%
Theater - 20%

I guess I'm not counting bought DVDs, but oh well.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:29 am
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JamesKunz wrote:
This really seems like a poll you should be able to click more than one answer for. Sure I watch most of my movies from Netflix, but I also average like 50 movies in theaters a year.


Good point, I made it where you can choose everything


Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:45 am
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I usually either rent films from one of my local video stores or from the library.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:53 am
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Basically, I'll do any combination of all of the above except that I've never had rented DVD's mailed to my house nor have I personally downloaded movies online (although many of my friends have done so and I'll watch it with them). I tend to rent more than go to the theaters but I like to do the theater thing whenever I can. It's just so damn expensive is the problem!!! I also buy DVD's although I haven't done so in the past several months. In fact, I've had to sell most of my collection because of financial issues. Sucks man!!


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I was excited when I first saw a Redbox but I think they're really limited.

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Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:31 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
I was excited when I first saw a Redbox but I think they're really limited.


Agreed. The advantage is you can see new releases for $1, but other than the occasional new release I missed in theaters, I don't ever really use them. Its a cool idea, I just don't get much use from it.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:14 pm
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Cable should've been an option since I still get a fair number from TCM. I also voted for theatrically, since I tend to go to the theatre. That was fairly obvious. I had fun typing it though. I'm also the only vote for "Borrowed from Friends". My cousin always has a sizeable stash. Who is that one vote for downloading? Disgusting. I bet aameen just came back to vote and left.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:31 pm
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Cable.
I'd forgotten about cable.
I have a 50/40 mix between Red Box and Library with about 10% movie theater.

I was surprised to see so many folks mention library. It really is a great place to get older movies. Almost a year ago, when I was stuck in my basement with my b@lls in a sling -literally, not figuratively- I watched a backpack full of library movies. The Redbox has been a great place to get exposure for some new "B" movies that I'd not have seen otherwise. I recently rented "Black Dynamite" and laughed myself into hiccups.
Either option is just a short bike ride away with the movie theater a slightly longer ride.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:45 pm
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Majority of the movies I watch are from Netflix.

After that...movies that I own. Yeah, I rewatch A LOT of my movies. Especially the animated ones...you know...cuz of the kids.

After that...on cable. Like Pete was saying, I DVR a few movies.

After that...theatres. Although I really want to watch more films in the theatre.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:28 pm
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I actually do a detailed breakdown of this every year. Here's 2008-2009's:

Viewing Format

I. VHS: 1
II: DVD: 256
A. Mine: 7
B. Friend/Acquaintance/Brother’s: 12
C. Dad’s: 6
D. Borrowed: 231
a. Redbox: 2
b. Library: 111
c. Netflix: 117
d. Flexplay: 1
III: Theaters: 64 (18%)
A. New York: 0
B. Michigan: 54
C. Arizona: 0
D. North Carolina: 3
E. Illinois: 4
F: Hawaii: 1
IV: Class: 1
V: TV: 17
A. Regular Programming: 0
B. On Demand: 10
C. Recorded: 6
D. Pay-per-view: 1
VI: Computer: 8

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Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:35 pm
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You'd be surprised at how many films I have on VHS, don't know the exct amount, but it's well over a hundred, with most of those being films that either never saw a DVD release or are far too expensive to justify buying on DVD.


Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:50 pm
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I work in the AV Dept of my local library so I get all my movies for free and get them when they first come out :P


Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:38 pm
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I will second on the cable option (HBO, etc.). I joined Netflix in December and am probably split 50/50 between Netflix in the mail and Netflix streamed to my Blu-Ray player.

5 years ago I would have been one of those "50 in the theater in a year" easy. 2 kids later and I'm lucky to get to a dozen per year at the actual multiplex or art house.


Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:56 am
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