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Hastings Reports Stolen DVDs

The complete fifth series of “Doctor Who” went where? With whom? The police want to know. More than 200 DVDs - including the British science fiction program and many other movies and series - valued at a total of more than $4,600 were stolen from the Hastings entertainment store in Coeur d'Alene, according to a police report. The store, located at 101 E. Appleway Ave., noticed the discs were missing following an inventory check at the end of last month. Managers at the store told police they believe the thefts occurred some time in December. “That's a highly unusual number of DVDs to walk out the door” as shoplifted items, said Coeur d'Alene Police spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Do you own DVDs to a TV series? Which series?

Why pay when you can get movies for free?

Libraries like this one in Cleveland are investing more money in DVDs and videos, and many people say they are turning to libraries for free movies and bypassing stores.

Why rent the cow when you can borrow the milk for free? That seems to be the mindset of many Americans, as a new study claims that more DVDs are borrowed from libraries each day than are rented via Netflix, Redbox or Blockbuster.

According to the survey released by the Online Computer Library Center, public libraries in the U.S. lend an average 2.1 million videos/day, which edges out the 2 million discs shipped by Netflix and almost as much as the combined total of DVD rentals at Redbox (1.4 million) and Blockbuster (1.2 million).

Netflix shrugs off the idea of libraries as competition to their business. “I think of libraries as places for books,” explains a rep for the company. “It’s free, so it’s a whole different model.” Chris Moran, More here.

I check out at least 4 movies a week from local libraries— both new releases and old favorites. It’s one of the reasons I’ve resisted Netflix. Have you checked out movies from the library?

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