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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by oldtimer » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:45 pm

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Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:43 pm
Nice idea but yeah mad

I know about the resurgence in vinyl and you can get quite a few new record players. But videos ??

I love retro stuff but nah i love stuff like Plex etc where in seconds i can watch a film. I have a lot of dvds but theyre gathering dust and i'm converted fully to digital stuff

"But with digital you dont own anything physical ?" Yeah i dont mind, still got tons of VHS tapes gathering dust, now the DVDs are

Brave move by this guy and having the arcade machine is quite cool but cant see the business lasting. Has to rent a ton of tapes out i'm sure to cover his costs
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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by English Invader » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:49 pm

I'm currently in the process of downsizing my Blu-Rays, HD-DVDs, DVDs and VHS to a more manageable level. My master plan is to have the lion's share of films in Blu-Ray and keep the legacy formats for films that are either unavailable on BR, have special features that are unavailable on BR, have a certain aesthetic or visual appeal that is lacking on BR or go back a long way from a nostalgic point of view.

I'm not convinced that 4K Ultra HD will last in the long run. It might have an appeal for the Home Theatre devotees but it's too expensive for most people and most films don't take advantage of 4K anyway.

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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:40 pm

English Invader wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:49 pm
I'm currently in the process of downsizing my Blu-Rays, HD-DVDs, DVDs and VHS to a more manageable level. My master plan is to have the lion's share of films in Blu-Ray and keep the legacy formats for films that are either unavailable on BR, have special features that are unavailable on BR, have a certain aesthetic or visual appeal that is lacking on BR or go back a long way from a nostalgic point of view.

I'm not convinced that 4K Ultra HD will last in the long run. It might have an appeal for the Home Theatre devotees but it's too expensive for most people and most films don't take advantage of 4K anyway.


I've watched a couple of ultra hi-def films (including Bladerunner 2049) from Google store. I honestly couldn't tell any noticable increase in quality from watching on a pretty decent 49 inch tv. I've seen tech demos in shops and uhd can look utterly stunning - but that was only tech demos. Anyone recommend a movie to watch that looks significantly better in uhd?
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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:15 am

Will the difference be that noticeable on a screen that size? The difference between SD and HD wasn't significant until you had a screen that was 42" or larger, perhaps 49" is at the low end of the scale to see the difference from HD to UHD.
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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by silvergunner » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:03 am

Depending on your viewing distance you would really need a 55”+ screen.

Also you have to take compression into account. Dvd and 1080p quality streams are about the same as their disc based equivalent.

4K is a different beast altogether. The compression is high so even though it looks great it’s actually very poor compared to 4K discs. It’s around upto 40mbps for a stream and a 4K disc depending on the master around 100+mbps. Literally around a third of what a disc gives you.

Also the audio with streams is very poor as it’s also heavily compressed compared to full hi def audio off discs.

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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by kiwimike » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:44 am

Lol I have a few very rare VHS tapes I got converted to DVD. The quality gave me a massive shock at how poor it is when we were watching them again!We used to think it was great! I still have to keep them though as cannot get them any other way.

The visual quality now is astounding. I know DVD is dated nowadays, but most of mine are on that, a few on Blu ray, and that's good enough for me really despite advancing tech

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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by psj3809 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:39 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:15 am
Will the difference be that noticeable on a screen that size? The difference between SD and HD wasn't significant until you had a screen that was 42" or larger, perhaps 49" is at the low end of the scale to see the difference from HD to UHD.
Yeah i thought it was just as i was getting old ! I could never tell much difference between a DVD or Blu Ray on my old 42 inch tv. The blu ray might have seemed a 'fraction' clearer but nothing for me to get excited about

Now got a 65 inch and yeah blu ray/Ultra HD stuff on Netflix looks amazing. Now i see my mums 42 inch tv and it looks tiny whereas before that seemed a huge huge jump up from those heavy 28 inch tv's people had before that

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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by greenberet79 » Fri May 17, 2019 10:37 am

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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by arcadez » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:33 pm

Ah memories of heading into the video shop as a lad with my "little knowledge of the movies" elderly granny and getting her to rent out the nastiest of the video nastys :)
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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by oldtimer » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:51 pm

I still think HD-DVD looks better than bluray on my 50"UHD tv, but that's me.
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Re: Renting videotapes

Post by You've Been Gamed » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:51 pm

We got our first VCR in 1987 and it changed my life! Such great memories...

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