Some one please explain to me why I'd rip my dvds to put them on an a hd to watch them by a server when I can just watch them on my tv by using my dvd player? Seems so much simpler and no time spent ripping.
I have a 3 story home with 2 main viewing areas and 2 that are used frequently. There is no place I can put discs where they will be convenient. Before ripping I copied some of my favorites but then it just becomes more junk. I also do not have to worry about disc damage that can happen even if you are careful most of the time.
Then we move into the how nice it is to be lazy at the end of a long day area. I no longer have to choose what I want to watch before I sit down. No standing in front of a shelf in a daze trying to decide what I am in the mood for that evening. I can change my mind at any time without changing discs. In addition to Netflix and other services I have another entire video store that I can browse with a remote. I can watch single episodes of several shows instead of a whole disc of one. I can also stop whatever I am watching in one room and pick it up in another without moving media around.
The one thing I don't rip is BDs. They take up too much storage space and I will never own enough of them to matter. I buy the combo BD/DVDs for movies I think might be nice in BD so I can rip the DVD and use the BD occasionally if I want to get my 1080p on.
Money is a big factor too. Honestly, after I got Roku+Netflix and then Amazon came along my DVDs just started collecting dust. All that money spent and I seldom ever wanted to fool with them because between the DVR and the Roku selections I'd settle before I wanted to deal with discs.
All-in-all though it is probably hard to imagine until you jump in and do it a little. It starts becoming real when you have loaded the first 100 of your most prized DVDs. I did mine in order of personal ranking by genre. So I'd pick 30 or so of my 5 star comedies then the same of Action, and so on. With TV I did the same but only a couple of seasons then go back and get my 4 stars so I'd have a couple of seasons of a large variety instead of all of the seasons of one show at a time.
I am 90 percent done. I take breaks from it because it can get monotonous but I am wanting to get it finished now.