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  • [Deleted User]
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    Contrary to the comments here, or what Amazon will lead you to believe, I think DVD rentals aren't a dead business model.
    Physical discs themselves are no longer achieving the sale levels of the past.

    That's why there are no longer as many new releases of back catalogue titles.

    The days of DVD and Blu-ray are limited, not just rentals.
  • System
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    Generally, I am an advocate for using technology (for example, I stream music using Google Play and haven't bought a CD in probably 10 years) but I'm devestated about this. I've been a customer of Lovefilm since 2007 and it has been really good.

    Contrary to the comments here, or what Amazon will lead you to believe, I think DVD rentals aren't a dead business model. Reasons being:

    1. Lovefilm has a much better catalogue than the streaming services. I considered moving over to Netflix recently, but I found that the range of shows is nowhere near what I can get on Lovefilm. And likewise, I tried the Amazon Prime trial but was disappointed to find it's catalogue is also limited and I can't use a Chromecast with it and would need to get a Fire stick. In all, I think streaming services suffer from being fragmented (i.e. if you want to watch both Bosch and House of Cards, you'd need both Netflix and Amazon, whereas both are avaialble easily on DVD);

    2. Streaming isn't convenient for everybody. Some people have poor quality internet connections, or don't see the need for having fibre when a normal connection is fast enough for most applications (as in my case). Others also may be confused by streaming and prefer using DVDs/physical media;

    3. The service has suffered from Amazon's prioritisation of streaming services. It is incredibly difficult to find the rental lists/Lovefilm account page on the Amazon home page. I therefore suspect this has resulted in some users thinking the service was cancelled some time ago and no longer using it/paying for it. Likewise, Amazon has left this to become a 'forgotten' service, so it's no surprise subscriptions have flatlined; and

    4. It's very good value for money. I believe a Lovefilm subscription is only around £4 for the most basic package.

    All in all, I am very sad; although there is hope that Cinema Paradiso might provide an alternative option.

    Hopefully you will be able to find another company that will offer the same level of service for the next 10 years.
  • DCFC79
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    3. The service has suffered from Amazon's prioritisation of streaming services. It is incredibly difficult to find the rental lists/Lovefilm account page on the Amazon home page. I therefore suspect this has resulted in some users thinking the service was cancelled some time ago and no longer using it/paying for it. Likewise, Amazon has left this to become a 'forgotten' service, so it's no surprise subscriptions have flatlined; and

    Very easy to find the rental list/Lovefilm account via Amazon so I don't buy that 1.

    To be honest with you it was bound to happen with more people using a streaming service, same nail that was put into the coffin of Blockbuster.
  • [Deleted User]
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    DCFC79 wrote: »
    same nail that was put into the coffin of Blockbuster.
    Exactly. People want the instantaneity of being able to view immediately which streaming services gives them. They don't want to wait for the postman or wait in a queue until a new release becomes available.

    Inevitable.
  • System
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    I'm going to miss LBP.

    Most of the boxsets I borrow never appear on streaming services or if on disc, costs too much or impossible to buy.

    I will go through my lists and see if any are not on streaming, delete these and check out second hand places such as CEX and buy the ones I'm desperate to watch.
  • Marvel1
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    I'm going to miss LBP.

    Most of the boxsets I borrow never appear on streaming services or if on disc, costs too much or impossible to buy.

    I will go through my lists and see if any are not on streaming, delete these and check out second hand places such as CEX and buy the ones I'm desperate to watch.

    Same, on streaming delete it, if not keep it. I can browse Prime but not Netflix :mad:
  • System
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    cjdavies wrote: »
    Same, on streaming delete it, if not keep it. I can browse Prime but not Netflix :mad:

    I've got both. But everytime I want to see something on Prime, its £2.99 an episode - I have Prime membership. Am I doing anything wrong?
  • Marvel1
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    A quick check top of list:
    12 rounds (movie) not on Prime to stream.
    Blood and Bone (movie) not on Prime to stream.

    American Horror Story Season 4 (TV) not on Prime to stream.
    Being Human (TV) not on Prime to stream.

    And stream is better!!
  • itstheone
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    I'm sure i saw an offer that if you're a LBP customer you can buy a fire stick for £24.99, i guess they're trying to get everyone to become a Prime customer.
  • System
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    Also not everywhere in the UK has broadband speeds that can cope with streaming - think remote places.
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