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14 Things We Did For Movies That Our Kids Will Never Understand

Kids, be kind. Rewind. And then fast-forward to the future with DIRECTV Cinema. Movies have never been easier.

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1. In the beginning, we drove to great lengths for some action-packed entertainment.

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Manually attaching speakers to our cars was our version of "a 3D experience."

2. Then we drove to these digs called "video stores." They were confusing. Their hours were mysterious.

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We journeyed there and back — uphill both ways.

3. The rental store process wasn't easy. We bent and twisted(!) only to discover our title of choice was checked out.

There was much alphabetization. It seemed simple, but it was not.
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There was much alphabetization. It seemed simple, but it was not.

4. At home, we lived under constant fear of malfunction.

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Don't leave it in the sun. Don't rewind too quickly. It felt like almost anything could break it.

5. But we feared tardiness even more.

With every second you were late, your fees would build and build.
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With every second you were late, your fees would build and build.

6. We judged the character of a fellow man on only one basis:

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Respect was important to people back then.

7. In terms of your adult vide— OOPS NEVER MIND.

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Don't know anything about that.

8. There was a time in tapes when nothing made sense.

You had to triple-check which devices your friends had before even proposing a flick.
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You had to triple-check which devices your friends had before even proposing a flick.

9. And then — a beacon of hope!

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We enjoyed how shiny they were.

10. Kids, we thought these "discs" would make things easier, but they didn't. They got stuck often.

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We pried our technology open with our bare hands.

11. And scratched. Even our best innovations couldn't always save them.

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Everyone and their mother had a theory.

12. The pinnacle of achievement for the entire era was organization. It gave us such pride.

We were much more thorough than just "alphabetical."
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We were much more thorough than just "alphabetical."

13. There was a weird time when they even mailed DVDs to us.

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Which, you can assume, was a literal mess.

14. And, kids? Even in the days when movies came right to your TV, we couldn't pause.

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You just had to wait until it started again at the top of the hour.

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