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  1. Dec 4, 2020 #61 of 153
    TonyD79

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    The first 30 days of a release are included in the HBO max subscription as it reads now.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Same here, plus I live in a condo and am a decent human being, so I can't really crank the sound for fear of annoying the neighbors.
     
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    Steveknj

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    Maybe it's because I'm old (actually probably because of that!) but I find the in theater experience too loud. For some reason modern theaters happen to think that loud is good. I do agree, that you can definitely feel an "I'm there" experience better in a theater than in a home theater setup. But really, most movies I don't need that. So one advantage of being home, is that I can regulate volume. Another is that often I fall asleep in a completely dark theater. In fact my wife doesn't go to the theater with me and my kids when we go because she ALWAYS falls asleep. At home, if I fall asleep, I'll just stop the movie and pick it up another time, and I'm not wasting money. As I said, there's a diminishing return for me between going to the movies and and watching from home. But for those movies where it really matters to me, I do the theaters.
     
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    efilippi

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    My rule is if the movie interests me and is Imax, then I absolutely go to the theater. Last visit for that was Tenet, I'm afraid.
     
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    jr461

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    I haven't enjoyed going to the movies for a long time. Probably my increasing disdain for people in general! :eek::D
    Enjoying with my wife, kids (if they are home) or anyone else who's over (during normal times) is all the community experience I need.

    I, too, have a couple of nice theater set ups where it's much more enjoyable than having to endure with others and their candy wrappings, chewing, talking, phones, etc. And I come pretty close to replicating movie theater popcorn (thanks in large part to https://www.tivocommunity.com/commu.../popcorn-theater-style-at-home.541810/page-17)!

    Then there's the money savings (streaming one movie for the two of us plus food saves almost a month's streaming costs), being able to pause, adjust the sound/volume to our liking, etc.
     
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    sharkster

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    I haven't been in a movie theater for some 20+ years. I don't like crowds and I can't handle excessive noise, so those are two of the reasons for me. But one thing that, toward the end of my theater-going days, I noticed was that sitting in those seats made my arthritis scream. I have no idea what that's about but it was glaring and I had a hard time being comfortable.

    Because of the arthritis in one of my knees, I do struggle with regular 'chair sitting' and need to stretch out that one leg. But for so many years I sat with crossed legs in a chair and that was so comfortable - until I could no longer do it. I really miss that!
     
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    KungFuCow

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    I'm not disagreeing at all and I completely see where people are coming from about loving the theater experience. I used to go to at least one movie a week back from about 2000-2010 but once phones became prevalent and people forgot what manners are (Talking constantly through the movie) then I quit going. Its not worth the frustration when you got people sitting 4 seats over having phone conversations or even worse, texting constantly.

    There are a few upscale theaters here that do dinner and a movie with reclined seating, etc and I do enjoy that but that turns an evening out into a $100.00 affair. I really have to want to see a movie in a theater to go there.

    Mixed bag I guess, probably depends a lot on where you live.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    I guess I'm lucky, but I've never had problems with people misbehaving in theaters.

    Maybe because I live in Minnesota? Maybe because I always go to first shows of the day?
     
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    KungFuCow

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    Probably yes and yes :)
     
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    cmontyburns

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    Maybe because everyone exaggerates how bad it is to see a movie in theaters?
     
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    Steveknj

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    When we go to the movies it's almost always a weekend afternoon showing. And often those are the movies I described above, Star Wars or Superhero movies. So with those come kids, and kids yap and use their phones and are kind of rude. Last "adult" movie I went to was 1917, toward the end of it's run. There were 4 of us in the theater, including my son and I. But with that, the sound was LOUD. I don't think theaters ever adjust the sound depending on who's in the theater. I enjoyed it though. I just thought that was the type of movie that might sound good in a theater. I have the 4K disc and it sounds good there as well.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2020 #72 of 153
    madscientist

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    I don't spend a ton on my "home theater"; we have just a simple 42" TV with a basic sound bar + subwoofer and back speakers but nothing fancy. So, I do like to go to the movie theater for the "big movies" but obviously we haven't been since early this year.

    As mentioned above, the reclining seats and reserved seating make a HUGE difference (to me). I'm one of those people who needs to sit in the middle, about a third of the way back: if I'm paying theater prices I want the right location. If I can't reserve the seats I want I'll just go to a different showing. I used to have to get there early-ish and rush in, etc. but all of that is a thing of the past.

    sharkster I know what you mean about the old seats but I'm telling you these new reclining theater seats are so comfortable! They are very adjustable and the legs lift up almost parallel to the floor if you want. Another reason to only go to the action-packed movies... you won't doze off... :)

    And because the seats are so much larger, and they need so much more room between rows due to the reclining, there can be only about a third to half as many people in a given showing which means a lot less opportunity for annoying people even for popular movies when the theater is "full".

    I do agree with Steveknj though, the theater sound system volumes are sometimes totally ridiculous. I guess they spend so much on them they want to show off or something. Yikes. Usually after 10 minutes or so I'll get used to it and not notice it anymore (or else they adjust it or something).
     
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    allan

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    I haven't been to a theater since 2002. They had 30 minutes of pre-movie ads + previews, there were phones lit up with people talking, the people sitting behind me were crunching chips, someone else in my row had to push past me to pee during the 2nd best part of the movie, and I had to pee during the best part.

    And that was just a typical movie experience, nothing unusual.
     
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    TonyD79

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    Can’t play the old card with me. I will be 63 in two weeks.
     
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    TonyD79

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    You go to some bad theaters. Where I go, it isn’t noisy or dirty or wherever. Or you have a stereotype feeling about theaters from the 1970s.
     
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    TonyD79

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    Pretty much spot on. The theater experience has changed immensely with new seating, many with tables, reserved seating so you can pick your seat, including sitting away from people or even seeing how crowded the theater is before you go.
     
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    Jonathan_S

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    I finally tried the temporary drive-in theater that the local Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse put up - that was a couple weeks ago. I'd never been to any kind of drive-in before - it worked pretty well, used the car's FM radio for the audio and they had a adequate screen for a small number of cars. (And you could still order food and refreshment - they ran it over from the actual theater kitchen in insulated containers in a golf cart and then carry it over to your car)

    They just added a bunch of drive-in showings of WW85 for the end of the month. So now I have to decide if I'll enjoy seeing that more from my car with freshly delivered theater food or sitting at home on HBO Max. (Plus make sure I've got a way to stream HBO Max to the TV). It'll likely be chillier after Christmas than it was mid-November, but will it be enough chillier to be better of staying home?
     
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    kdmorse

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    So, does anyone else frequently play things on HBO Max in a web browser on their computer? And if so, is there any way to set the content to fill the browser, but *not* be full screen? Every (almost) other web viewing platform lets me play the content in a window that I can resize and place anywhere I want. On HBO Max, unless it's full screen, it only uses ~25% of the browser window for content, and the rest is Cast & Crew, More like This, synopsis, etc... is there a button/setting I'm missing?

    (Tivo Online had the same problem, and it's one of the reasons I never used it)
     
  19. Dec 5, 2020 #79 of 153
    spear

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    I think it depends on the aspect ratio of your browser window. If it's more tall and narrow, it changes the video to the width of the window.

    Firefox lets you detach the video to a separate window that can be resized independently. Subtitles and controls remain in the parent browser window but if you don't care about that, it might work well for you.
     
  20. Dec 5, 2020 #80 of 153
    Allanon

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    I use the Picture-in-Picture Extension for the Google Chrome Browser. Other browsers have similar extensions.
     

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