Driving into work this morning, I heard a story on NPR's Morning Edition about DVD rentals. Apparently, people are deciding to buy rather than rent their movies. This is a marked change from the times when video cassettes roamed the Earth. The reporter cited the durability and the smaller size of DVDs making storage convenient. These almost seem to be the least compelling arguments. Are the cases really any smaller in volume? And I practically need to put on silk gloves and take my DVD into a dust-proof clean room to keep those things from getting scratched. Video cassettes were built like tanks.
But apart from that odd observation, the segment was pretty interesting. You'll be able to listen to the story by noon ET from the website. Tomorrow they will be talking to movie directors about their opinions on DVD commentaries. Do you buy or rent? At ~$15 vs. ~$4, I still rent more than buy. But I also can't think of any movie outside of the Star Wars Trilogy that I've seen more than 4 times.Update: The story is available for listening now.