There are quite a number of different ways that users can get "legitimate" digital videos. In my home alone I have four different options including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, pay per view on cable, and iTunes, not to mention simply using the computer to purchase and download. But I have to say that, even with the number of different ways that I could get video content, I don't. I can only recally renting one movie from cable, ever, and have yet to use any of the other methods.
Why is this? I think it is due to the price and the amount of times I generally watch a video, even the bad ones. When you rent a show from these sources it is typically only available for a few days, similar to going to BlockBuster and picking up a movie. Granted, this is something that I have not done in years either, so you can tell that I'm not a big fan of renting anything. I prefer to buy so that it is available when I want for as long as I want.
When it comes to price I find that getting videos online is generally expensive. Sure, renting is only about $5, but it is for a limited time. When you pick up movies the day it comes out you usually get a discount, so for about $20 you can watch it as often as desired. I have movies that I purchased years ago that I still throw in every now and again to refresh my memory of what happened.
And when you look at TV series it gets even worse. A single episode can cost as much as $2. Assuming that it is a regular season, you are spending $40 to $50 to watch all the episodes.
Buying content, instead of renting, costs about the same as purchasing at a store. The difference is that you have a digital only copy and have to manually back it up in case something happens to your computer. Or you have to try to go through the site where you bought it to get it restored, which is not always an easy or enjoyable experience (I still don't have content available from when my computer fried).
Do people really use "legal" digital downloads of video content or am I the only one who has not embraced this yet?