If you are considering switching from a cable or satellite television subscription to a service for streaming movies, or you simply want to enhance your entertainment options with one of these services, you have come to the right place. We have assembled information to answer any questions you might have about how to stream at home, and have included all current offers from top providers of streaming services and on-demand rental or purchase in the marketplace.
Selecting the right service is easy when you have all of the information available to you up front. Consider the following questions:
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Not all of the companies below are considered true streaming services. Some companies have rental or purchase options that are downloadable into your computer, mobile device or a cloud storage service.
: Stream movies and television episodes instantly over the internet to your PC or internet-connected television, Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Blue-ray player, or mobile devices. One of the top providers in the nation. Supports over 800 devices. Subscription gives you access to their entire library 24/7.
: The perfect service for TV buffs, but also a great source of streaming movies. Watch a show, or an entire seasons' worth of television shows, on several supported devices including computers, smartphones, smart TV's, blu-ray players, game console devices, Tivo or Roku, and many mobile devices. By far the top of the chart when it comes to television offerings, particularly current seasons.
: Instantly view over 100,000 movies and televisions shows on your PC, dozens of compatible internet-connected televisions, or mobile device with one easy connection. Amazon Prime membership gains you unlimited access to their entire streaming library anytime. Available on Kindle Fire.
Redbox: Cheapest DVD rental around. Rent and pay for movies and DVDs online and reserve them at a local kiosk, which are prolific at city and suburban gas stations, grocery and convenience stores. Redbox Instant Streaming in Beta right now with limited streaming titles, but for $8 a month they also throw in 4 DVD rentals via kiosk, which means the streaming is free!
: Available only in the United Kingdom, this provider has over 65,000 titles available, making it the largest entertainment provider in the UK. It receives very high marks in a number of areas important to consumers. Options to instantly stream movies or DVD rental by mail subscriptions.
VUDU: With no monthly fees or late fees, and rentals for just $2 for 2 nights, this provider allows you to only pay for what you watch. Streaming movies available in high definition 1080p. Keep on top of their daily rental specials - 99 cent movies. Rent now, watch later.
iTunes & Apple TV: One-stop entertainment shop that's super easy to search or browse. iTunes is an inclusive rental and purchase shop for music, movies, television shows, books and podcasts. Store your digital purchases on iCloud to access anytime, anywhere, on any of your supported devices, including Apple TV. Stream movies right to your HD TV set with Apple TV, a premium media player that supports iTunes, Netflix, & more. Top of the line parental controls.
SuperPass: When you combine the access to live feeds from your favorite reality shows like Big Brother, music credit for 10 songs per month, along with the impressive functionality of RealPlayer Plus that this subscription throws in, you have a great entertainment package for the price. Quarterly or monthly subscriptions available.
QuickFlix: Australia's premier DVD mailing & on demand service has one of the best movie & TV libraries in the world, bar none. Coming soon to New Zealand.
Roku: While this isn't considered a stream service, it is important to mention. This versatile set-top box facilitates viewing tv and movie options from various providers right on your television set via internet without having to purchase a lot of expensive equipment. Wifi enabled, simple to set up, and literally hundreds of channels available with just a few clicks of your remote control.
Satellite TV Direct: This is not the same business model as streaming services, but rather is software you purchase that aggregates tons of feeds from all over the world. Huge amount of content for the price paid only once. Great for countries who do not yet have legal streaming options.
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