DVDs Still Work for Me

| 5/22/2012 11:07:22 AM

Tags: technology, movies, DVD rentals, Cam Mather,

I live near the Village of Tamworth, which is home to the greatest video establishment on the planet, “Village Video.” Tim Kidd is the owner of Village Video. I have blogged about Tim before because he is an integral part of our community. He is a volunteer firefighter. This is very important in a small town. Probably THE most important job. After renting videos.

But for me, Tim is awesome because I rent movies from him. Good movies. Great movies. DVDs that work, when I want them to!

This sounds very simple, but I’m finding that technology makes something as simple as watching a movie, which I started doing 25 years ago on a VHS machine, increasingly complex and problematic. The quality of those movies 25 years ago was abysmal, but at least they worked most of the time.

A while ago when we upgraded our satellite TV to high definition, our provider “Shaw” gave us 6 free Pay-Per-View-Movies. It sounded great! Six free movies! What an unmitigated disaster that was! We don’t have our satellite receiver tied into our phone line (because I have enough other challenges with our phone living off-grid) so I had to order the movies over the phone. They charged us $1 for this, so suddenly there was a cost involved with our “free” movies. I had to go through about 57 layers of menus until I could finally start selecting my movie. Eventually when it finally seemed ready to go, the automated voice would say “Please hold while we confirm this order…” and then 10 seconds later another message would come on suggesting that I sign up for the latest “Ultimate Gladiator Fight To the Death Event” for some outrageous price. At that point I assumed that I had successfully ordered a movie.

On two occasions we sat down in front of the TV at their selected time to watch our movie. And then 5 minutes into it, IT STOPPED! One Friday night we had actually made our pizza early so we’d be ready at 5:30 when THEY decided to start the movie. And it stopped! You know those video clips you’ve seen where someone gets pissed off at the TV and they blast it with a shotgun? I was so ticked off I was tempted to do that!

So Pay-Per-View doesn’t work for us. Besides the fact that the ordering system is complicated, time-consuming and ultimately didn’t work anyway, I don’t like being told what time I can watch a movie. And I don’t like it when it stops just after it has started. We managed to watch a couple of “freebies” but we gave up on it pretty quickly. It sucked!

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