DVDs & AV...
I enjoy watching films, and a fair few TV shows, preferably with decent quality sound.
I hesitated (until the great radiator flood of January 2010) to reproduce my first-ever hifi magazine article1 (but you can now read all about "Living with Dolby B" in a small, unsuitably-shaped flat) from 1975. And here is some evidence of my audio-visual adventures. These include my ever-evolving hifi-audio/visual components and my ongoing attempts to document my current system.
A message to people who email asking for copies
I receive occasional requests for copies of various items. My position is very simple: I do not distribute copyright material.
Back in Spring 2009 I entered the wonderful world of HDCP-compliant 1080p hi-def Blu-ray on a 60" plasma screen. Later that year I upgraded the audio amplifying and video scaling side of things. I added the Netgear A/V media streamer. Replaced that by a tiny Western Digital "Live TV HD" media player. Replaced that by my second Oppo (network-capable) Blu-ray player. And treated the screen — now my oldest video component — to a stand.
Glittering delights in store
I transcribed my several hundred expensive analogue video LaserDiscs2 on to DVDs before "laser rot" finished rendering them all unplayable. And I thus retired my top of the range third Pioneer LD player (they manufactured the last 3,000 or so of these in January 2009) after seven years of faithful service. (This is surely what's meant by "paying your dues to the video industry".) I shudder to recall the depressingly-poor technical quality of VHS audio and video. How did we ever put up with such fuzzy, jittery, low-resolution, pan-and-scanned rubbish? Hi-def, thank goodness, is usually a different story.3
Kodi's SQLite DB of my Films and TV Shows has been charmed by Python into generating a simple list.