they tend to be shipped with unskippable junk that you have to watch every single time, before watching the material you are interested in.
On the PS3, press Square to get to the main menu and play the movie. On VLC, right click, select Main Menu, play movie. In both cases, the crap is skipped.
The streaming sites' viewing catalog is paltry compared to what's on DVD. I like streaming stuff, too, but DVD's are so superior to streaming that it boggles my mind how so many supposedly tech-savvy people on this site completely miss the many pro's:
1) Watching a DVD doesn't count against my bandwidth, while streaming does:
2) The perceived quality diffference of DVD vs. streaming and Blu-ray is so minor as to be nearly unnoticeable (except in cases were the streaming is altered due to bandwidth constriction). I have one Blu-ray movie (Avatar), and it is questionable, at best, as to whether it's any better than the DVD version. The two are so close as to not matter. Blu-ray hype has proven to be unfounded as far as I can tell.
3) Ripping a DVD to my media server is easy, and I can watch it for far longer than it will remain in a streaming catalog.
4) If my Internet goes down, I can still watch my DVD's.
5) My Internet speeds are still good if each member of my family wants to watch something different at the same time on different devices.
6) Each member of my family can watching something different at the same time on different devices.
7) No one is logging and tracking my DVD viewing patterns.
Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. While streaming is nice to augment my DVD collection, it has some severe downsides.