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Bob, Speaking as someone who is currently on the Streaming-only plan, but occasionally switches back to 1-at-a-time, I can give a couple of reasons why someone would want discs as well: 1) There are virtually countless titles available on DVD but not streaming. Yes, if I poke around, I'm sure I'll always find an interesting alternative, but that's still a heck of a lot of media legally cut off from me. I'm not into many new releases, either, so Red Box isn't a viable alternative. A large breadth of selection is why I abandoned my local video stores in the first place. Furthermore, titles still expire all the time. In my case, I just got through Season 1 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and got hooked, only to have the series expire. Now, I'm waiting impatiently, hoping it'll get renegotiated and turn up again so I can catch the second season. If not, I may upgrade to the 1-at-a-time plus streaming plan for a month or so so I can finish it. As annoying as expiring titles is, I'm glad the physical media option is still available to me, rather than being forced to shell out the money for the DVDs if I want to stay legal. Frankly, I do not believe this problem will ever totally be solved, that we'll have a one-stop service for instant access to any and all media we could possibly want. That simply is not in the best interests of the rights holders. 2). Sometimes, you might actually want the extra content on a physical DVD or Bluray. Yes, most of the time, it's garbage, and most won't be interested. But what about something like a Criterion disc, where the extras might really be of interest to the customer?
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Jul 10, 2011