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Options for streaming movies

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Spending Valentine's Day in this year? Now you and your loved one can easily and cheaply stream movies from the web onto your big-screen TV and be watching a movie in minutes.

Stacy black rents several movies a month without ever leaving her house via the web.

"I don't have to spend the time going into Blockbuster, looking around the aisles for a movie that I want to see. I can look online," said Stacy Black, Netflix Customer.

A $9-a-month subscription through Netflix gets her rentals in the mail, and for no extra charge, instant, on-line access to 17,000 titles, both movies and TV episodes.

To connect your TV to an online service, you need an internet-ready TV or a device, such as a Blu-ray player, Playstation 3, or an X-box 360.

"There are other Internet-ready boxes you can buy that aren't too expensive, including ones from Roku, Apple TV, and Vudu," said Chris Andrarde, Consumer Reports.

Vudu offers 20,000 titles, costing between $3 and $6 each depending on whether you choose to watch a movie in standard definition, high definition, or a higher-quality format it called HDX.

Blockbuster has also gotten into the video-on-demand game. For $2 to $4 dollars, you can browse through about 10,000 titles - thousands more than what's available in a typical video store. The downside is all are standard definition.

For the best picture quality, consumer reports says look to Vudu, whose HDX format comes closest to Blu-ray. And it also provides Dolby Digital Audio output.

But no matter which service you choose, a few clicks can have you streaming movies in no time at all.

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