Streaming movies are one of our favorite things about the internet. We’re not talking just short YouTube movies but full length films. And we don’t mean just on your computer. We’re talking about watching full length feature films on your television! There are several different software applications that allow you do download or stream the videos to your computer. And there are several devices that will give you the option of viewing the films on your television. First, the software and services.
All Netflix subscribers on unlimited rental plans, which start as low as $8.99 a month, are able to stream as many movies and TV episodes as they want, choosing from a library of over 12,000 familiar movies and TV episodes.
Netflix’s streaming video service is inexpensive, quick, convenient, and high-quality. The selection of movies and tv shows is somewhat limited, but you can always get those through the traditional DVD delivery service that’s now packaged with unlimited streaming hours. If you don’t mind not being able to save the movies for your ipod or watching later on, Netflix’s streaming video rental is one of the best ways to watch movies online.
The famous online bookseller, Amazon, also offers Video on Demand. The Amazon store has thousands of high-quality TV shows, movies, and more to buy or rent. They provide many different options for enjoying your videos so you can choose the option that works best for you. Just like Netflix, they also offer top movies and TV shows in HD. With Netflix and Amazon.com you get instant access to your video on a Mac or PC.
Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit TV shows, clips, movies and more on the free, ad-supported Hulu.com service, and the subscription service Hulu Plus. Instantly stream any current season episode of primetime TV shows like Family Guy, Modern Family, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and many others. Catch up on classic series including Lost, The Office, I Love Lucy, The Cosby Show, Frasier, Star Trek and Family Ties. Enjoy full episodes and clips from Saturday Night Live. Explore a wide array of acclaimed movies and documentaries, including hundreds of titles from The Criterion Collection. Discover Hulu Original Series like The Awesomes and A Day in the Life.
For just $7.99 a month, Hulu Plus subscribers can access premium programming anytime on internet-connected TVs, smartphones, game consoles, set top boxes and additional devices, in HD (when available).
The Roku player (also known as the Netflix Player by Roku) makes it easy to instantly watch the movies and TV episodes, including some new releases and hundreds of options in HD, on your television. It easily connects to your TV just like a camcorder or DVD player. The Roku player communicates with Netflix through the Internet so you can start watching movies and TV episodes instantly in as little as 30 seconds. Surprisingly, the Roku player sells for only $99.99.
Rent or buy and instantly watch Hollywood hits, classic movies, and your favorite TV shows using the Roku player and Amazon. Access more than 45,000 titles, with over 1,000 now available in HD, including new release movies and the latest episodes of popular TV shows. No subscription fee required. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
You can connect the Roku player to the Internet using most broadband providers (such as a cable modem or DSL connection). You need at least 1.2 Mbps to watch movies instantly on the Roku digital video player with decent quality.
The faster your connection, the better the quality (although this rule-of-thumb peaks out at about 5mbps). Use the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to connect to your wireless network, or use the Ethernet port for a wired connection. It’s easy either way.
If you love movies and have limited resources the combination of Netflix/Amazonand the Roku player is unbeatable. We use it and love it!
In addition to being a fantastic gaming system, Microsoft’s X-Box also has the ability to play streaming video from your computer. Xbox LIVE is evolving entertainment, in the way we watch, the way we play, the way we come together for fun. Your Netflix subscription opens the door to over 12,000 movies and TV shows.