Let's continue with this debate regarding which form of media is better.
In the last blog, we took a look at the pros of owning a disc for your media. And now, we are going to take a look at the cons of owning a disc.
The first (and most likely) con of owning a disc is that the disc is vulnerable to scratches and damage. This is something I've had experienced before (and I'm sure I'm not alone), but when you buy something and open the packaging to reveal scratches, the first thing to do is return it to the store or an exchange or refund. I know this can be frustrating because you just bought a movie (or game, or music CD, etc.) and were looking forward to watching (or playing or listening).
The second con is not being able to watch because of a region protection. NTSC is an excellent example of this because in North America, Canada, parts of South America, and a few other countries, you can only watch movies (or play certain games) in said region. PAL is another example of this because if you were to buy a movie (or game) from Europe, you'd only be able to watch (or play) said media in an appropriate player.
The latter I find odd because I have a game (Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 to be exact) that uses the PEGI (the European equivalent of the ESRB) system, and I can play it on my computer fine (then again, if I play my cards right, it may have to do with my DVD player not having any restrictions. If someone can verify, let me know).
And that wraps up the disc section. Check back in a few days for the pros of Digital.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.