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    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 14th Aug 17, 11:12 AM
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    Rip in Love film by post
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    • 14th Aug 17, 11:12 AM
    Rip in Love film by post 14th Aug 17 at 11:12 AM
    Just had this email

    We have very much enjoyed delivering the LOVEFiLM By Post service to you. However, over the last few years we’ve seen a decreasing demand for DVD and Blu-ray rental as customers increasingly move to streaming. Due to this, we will be closing the LOVEFiLM By Post service on 31st October 2017
    Gutted, I loved the service, as they had movies and tv shows that are not available on Netflix or Prime, and i have many more to watch. I Will now cram as many as I can now until then 3 discs at a time, so average 6 a week
    Last edited by cjdavies; 14-08-2017 at 1:05 PM.
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    • john22
    • By john22 8th Oct 17, 6:21 PM
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    I've tried 4K streaming and the quality isn't even equal to standard Blu-ray Discs. It's the compression required to stream that pushes down the quality, not the resolution.

    Don't get me wrong, I want to prefer streaming services, it's clearly far more convenient. However I don't. For the moment there are too many issues for me to use streaming services. When they fix these (and they will, give it a few years) I'll switch but until then I'm happy with the discs.
    Originally posted by Gavin83
    Agree that if you don't have the connection speeds then streaming will be an issue. But I have seen 4K on a 65" through sky Q and it's top quality to my eyes.

    Quality will always be subjective but we have to remember it's the story telling and visual impact of the actual movie that's important rather than splitting hairs on quality between discs and streaming.

    Yes for those who want blue ray discs more power to them but streaming can compete.
    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 12th Oct 17, 9:31 AM
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    I am a long term DVD/Blue Ray renter, first via Netflix in the US and then LoveFilm. I too am very disappointed that Love Film is closing.

    In preparation I have subscribed to Prime and purchased a Fire stick. I have just retired and plan to indulge my love for films and good TV series. I was quite surprised to find that every movie currently on my LoveFilm list is NOT free on Prime. Not only that, the Rental fee for one movie is about half the cost of my LoveFilm subscription. It means that my typical LoveFilm diet of about 10 movies a week will cost me about £30 to £50 per month with Prime!

    I will probably supplement Prime with either Cinema Paradiso or my local library.
    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 12th Oct 17, 10:11 AM
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    I am a long term DVD/Blue Ray renter, first via Netflix in the US and then LoveFilm. I too am very disappointed that Love Film is closing.

    In preparation I have subscribed to Prime and purchased a Fire stick. I have just retired and plan to indulge my love for films and good TV series. I was quite surprised to find that every movie currently on my LoveFilm list is NOT free on Prime. Not only that, the Rental fee for one movie is about half the cost of my LoveFilm subscription. It means that my typical LoveFilm diet of about 10 movies a week will cost me about £30 to £50 per month with Prime!

    I will probably supplement Prime with either Cinema Paradiso or my local library.
    Originally posted by dunroving
    I meant to also say that I'm a bit disappointed with the functionality of the Fire stick compared to a disc player. Whereas a disc player has a Fast Forward and a "jump forward" button, the Fire stick's Fast Forward button seems to be a jump forward function. Or am I missing something obvious? It makes it difficult to fine-tune navigation. I did eventually figure out how to turn on subtitles which was a relief!
    • MobileSaver
    • By MobileSaver 12th Oct 17, 10:43 AM
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    I have just retired and plan to indulge my love for films and good TV series.
    Originally posted by dunroving
    Good luck with that! I retired over five years ago with the same intention and if you are anything like me you just won't believe how little extra time there is to indulge such passions; I'm still only up to the 1970s with my catch-up TV...

    I will probably supplement Prime with either Cinema Paradiso or my local library.
    Originally posted by dunroving
    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with Cinema Paradiso, my experience is that it has a more comprehensive selection than LoveFilm ever did; quite a few of my "Limited availability" LoveFilm discs are freely available on CP.

    Too much content out in the world and not enough time for one person to have it all
    Originally posted by john22
    This is so true. I have come to the sad conclusion that the likes of Amazon and Netflix are bringing out so many great new TV series so quickly, that I will now never find the time to ever catch up with everything available that I would like to watch.
    Respect to 3 of the greatest actors of all time; amazing people who are totally believable as the characters they play & almost single-handedly make the shows they starred in:

    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
    Daniel J. Travanti as Frank Furillo in Hill Street Blues
    Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland
    • dunroving
    • By dunroving 13th Oct 17, 6:30 PM
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    I am a long term DVD/Blue Ray renter, first via Netflix in the US and then LoveFilm. I too am very disappointed that Love Film is closing.

    In preparation I have subscribed to Prime and purchased a Fire stick. I have just retired and plan to indulge my love for films and good TV series. I was quite surprised to find that every movie currently on my LoveFilm list is NOT free on Prime. Not only that, the Rental fee for one movie is about half the cost of my LoveFilm subscription. It means that my typical LoveFilm diet of about 10 movies a week will cost me about £30 to £50 per month with Prime!

    I will probably supplement Prime with either Cinema Paradiso or my local library.
    Originally posted by dunroving
    I meant to also say that I'm a bit disappointed with the functionality of the Fire stick compared to a disc player. Whereas a disc player has a Fast Forward and a "jump forward" button, the Fire stick's Fast Forward button seems to be a jump forward function. Or am I missing something obvious? It makes it difficult to fine-tune navigation. I did eventually figure out how to turn on subtitles which was a relief!
    Originally posted by dunroving
    Just a follow-up to say that I am learning how LoveFilm and Amazon prime "correspond", so to speak. I had assumed that all LoveFilm films were available on Amazon prime (for free). Having now done some research, I realised the following:

    Some movies listed on LoveFilm are not available on AP at all.
    Some movies listed on LoveFilm are available free on AP.
    Some movies (in fact, I think "most") listed on LoveFilm are available for a rental charge anything from £0.99 up to more than £7.00 on AP.

    It seems to me so far that the main " all inclusive" benefits of AP in terms of entertainment are (a) a limited number of free movies, including some relatively recent ones (e.g., Gold, and 20th Century Women, which only recently was added to my LoveFilm list); (b) a quite extensive library of free "TV" content (especially series); and (c) a quite extensive library of music.

    I mostly joined AP expecting a lot of (a), so I am a bit disappointed, but will stick with it for now, to see how much I use (b) and (c).

    I wouldn't mind so much if you just had to wait a little longer for movies to become free on AP, but it doesn't seem t be related to how recent the movie is - it looks like the pay-per-view ones stay as pay-per-view..
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 13th Oct 17, 7:46 PM
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    When I joined AP it was because the savings on delivery costs on orders over a year would half pay for membership anyway. The free films and offline music on the app are a nice bonus. I'll still rent any worthwhile film on Amazon Video, but as usual the delay between cinema and online release is a frustrating one.
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