The portents loomed large:
- There were hardly any movies we wanted to see, even though it had been months since our last visit. (Admittedly, that's as much Hollywood's fault as the store's.)
- As soon as we found something we were interested in watching, I launched the Netflix app on my iPhone to see if I could stream it instead.
- When we checked out, it turned out we had a $1 fine from the last time we'd rented a disc, 150 days earlier.
We finally picked out a movie and took it home to watch it. After 20 minutes, I turned to my husband and said, "I'm not laughing. Shall we call it?" He said, "I'm done. Let's watch something else." Whereupon we switched to the Roku and started streaming a movie from—you guessed it—Netflix.
The next day I happened to walk past the store and I thought, "I should have brought the DVD with me." Then I proceeded to forget all about it. Every day I remembered when it was too late, so the upshot is that I returned it this morning and we'll now owe a big fine for a movie we DIDN'T EVEN WATCH.
I'm officially through with renting physical media. The selection is terrible and it's a huge hassle. From now on, we're all about streaming, broadcast and the occasional purchased DVD (but only if it's something really good like Game of Thrones).
How about you? Do you still rent DVDs?
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