Mrs. Godot and I currently have a turn of the millennium style entertainment system including a good quality low-def 32" tube TV and a 14 year old DVD player. Eventually we may find ourselves catapulted into the age of high-def but we’re happy where we are and see no need to change anytime soon. There is only one area where we have some dissatisfaction.
We rent a large number of DVDs via netflix, which arrive in less than pristine quality. Probably about 1/3 of the movies we watch have glitches that cause the playback to come to a stuttering halt, making sections of the movie unwatchable.
I imagine that DVD technology has changed in the last decade and a half. If the newer DVDs are better at overcoming these glitchy spots I’d consider getting a new one, but if I am going to basically have the same failure rate even with a newer system I might as well stay with what I’ve got.
As a second question, if I do decide to modernize my system should I go ahead and buy a blu ray compatible one. Given that the rest of my system is low-def I have no current need for it. But if 3-5 years down the road they stop making DVDs, then I might as well include it so that my system doesn’t become useless.