Where to Find Online Media Streams

This short article is about the great opportunities of online media streaming. While all of us have been through the tradition of watching TV through cable or satellite, we are still not able to enjoy what we want to watch at that particular moment.

Until now there are many sites that provide free online media streaming, such as YouTube, Hulu, Google video, and many others. They provide a wide selection of movies, short films, television shows, and news but all in some type of audio and video format. Even if your a sports fanatic you go on ESPN’s website and they will also provide video clips of previously recorded sessions for you to catch up on.

Just picture sitting at home late night having nothing to do, why not hop on a site and watch a favorite show or a movie right at your fingertips. Some sites will have a full series of shows and full length movies for you to waste the night away and joy is that you can watch it at anytime of day. While some sites provide a sore eye view, you may have to pay a small fee to watch a high quality picture but it still has more benefits and paying a much higher price for cable and not having the choice of picking your own television show does seem old fashion.

Just to get you started on the steaming media wagon, click on the link below and prepare yourself for countless hours of enjoyment and relaxation.

Renting Movies Online Vs From a Store – How Do You Save Money?

Watching movies at home is becoming more and more popular. These days, many people prefer watching movies at home to the theatre.

What are the advantages? The options available at online rental websites has changed viewing habits even more. Online rentals allows movie lovers to choose movies from the comfort of their own homes without even leaving the house. They can also avoid travel costs (is they live far from the store) and the inconvenience of waiting in queues at the store.

Many companies that allow you to rent online don’t charge overdue fees or limit the amount of time you can keep the movie. This is handy for those who have limited time. You can rent movies, watch them when you like and not worry about late fees.

Online membership plans are very reasonably priced and the usual ones allow you to hold 1, 2 or 3 movies at one time. These plans typically cost $8.99, $13.99 and $16.99 per month. This saves money compared to renting from a store.

How do you rent movies online? To rent movies online, all you need is a monthly membership fee. Movies can be easily returned and shipped my mail. Members keep an ongoing list of titles they’d like to see. The next movie in your list is sent out once the previous one is returned. The process is very easy and convenient.

Even more convenient is online streaming or downloading options. With rentals you download, you rent movies online. Download them to your PC to watch when you are ready. Usually there’s a time limit for watching them. No additional equipment is necessary.

Streaming allows you to watch movies you rent online via an internet connection to the rentals website. Usually there is no additional fee. In addition, many companies provide the ability to stream the movies through a device such as a DVD player or even a video game console. You just need to be connected to the rental website.

This means you can watch even more movies when you have access to watch them instantly as opposed to waiting for them to be delivered by mail.

You can also watch movies on your TV with the aid of a special device. This device will cost you extra though.

These options to rent movies are cheap, convenient and simple. You can rent online without even leaving the house. And watch the movie via a download or streaming. You don’t even have to wait for a DVD to arrive in the mail.

So how do you save money? If your rental store is not local, you can save money on travel. You save a huge amount of time, especially when you watch the movie instantly on your PC, TV or gaming device. Or, any internet ready device.

And best of all, membership plans start at just $8.99. And if you don’t want to pay anything up front to begin with, you can take a free 2 week trial.

Amazon Prime Vs Netflix: A Video Streaming Battle Is Being Waged by Amazon Instant Video and Netflix

Netflix

Do you remember Blockbuster? Envision it. You drive 5-10 min to the local branch. You then spend 15-20 min just sifting through their selection. Pick out 2-3 movies and go wait in line next with a bunch of other people doing the same thing. Get to the checkout “Oh good choice, that’s going to be $9.27 also you have a late charge on your account of $5.25. These movies will be do back in 3 days.” drive 5-10 min home and watch your movies. You’ve just spent about an hour of your time and $15 only to go do it again in a few days. LOL. A lot has changed since then.

I started by using the mailing service offered through Blockbuster and thought it was great. Until one day a few years ago I found Netflix. It was awesome! A few bucks a month for streaming videos and a mailing service under the same membership! Needless to say I got a lot of movie watching done over the next few months. And as time has gone on and technology has improved Netflix streaming service has kept improving consistently. The Netflix membership was eventually split so that you had to pay $7.99/mo for streaming and $7.99/mo for the mailing service. The Netflix Membership is still $7.99/mo for all the streaming movies. They have consistently added more and more content over the years, and they even have their own original series they are making now. House of Cards if you haven’t seen it is amazing Kevin Spacey is a character you love to hate, but that’s another story altogether… Point is the content is great.

Amazon Prime

I have been an Amazon member for years. Its simply the best website around for shopping, gifts, and selling items online. Now I have to say that comparison to Netflix aside; the Amazon Prime Membership is well worth the $. Its $79/mo, and its benefits are laudable. First, free 2-day shipping on all Prime eligible items. You may think well there can’t be that many Amazon Prime eligible items then. Wrong! Almost every product has a Prime eligible option. Sometimes you can get the items cheaper from different sellers, but you usually the 2-day shipping with Prime will tilt the scales back to Amazon (Just another way they undercut people selling on their website). Now if you’re thinking that 2-day FREE shipping is not that great… It is. What’s the most you have paid for shipping when shopping online? $4? $20? $75? It happens, and whether you buy one big item or a few items using the free shipping option with Amazon Prime… It pays for itself!! Second, with a membership there will be deals you get anywhere from 5-70% off random items. The amount you can save after you have paid for the membership with just the free shipping is just icing on the cake. One more awesome point for the Amazon Prime (and to get back to what this all about) is the streaming videos. Do you have to pay extra for this on top of the $79/mo? Nope. It comes along with the membership. Final conclusion… Prime is worth it whether you compare it to Netflix or not.

Amazon Instant Video Vs Netflix

Now for the straight comparison of these two great services. Which is better Netflix or Amazon Instant Video? First we’re going to take a look at the accessibility/user experience of the two.

You can access Netflix Instant Video on pretty much any platform. Not only that, but you can access them from up to 4 separate sources at once. At one point my roommate had a membership that was used by him, me, and 2 more friends at the same time for months. Its accessibility is great. As to user experience… When it comes to the experience Netflix is overall the best its the easiest to use. My kids with little experience in using Xbox or the computer were able to figure it out after a couple tries, and if a kid can use it… well you should be able to as well. If you can’t its not Netflix’s fault you have other problems. The Netflix App for the iPhone is easy to use and navigate. You lose little of the experience that you get from using a browser, and for Xbox, PlayStation, and other similar platforms its is even smoother.

Amazon Instant Video, on the other hand, when it comes to other platforms leaves me wanting, and has no-where near the accessibility that Netflix offers. WTF Amazon? Fix this. Now in they’re “defense” Amazon is about shopping so the user experience of Amazon Instant Video is set up to sell/rent movies to you at the same time. Just differing goals their Netflix wants you to enjoy the movies and the experience; while Amazon wants you to consume (and of course they make that very easy).

Instant Video Selection

Now on to content. Netflix has lots of content. A ton of movies and shows that are easy to navigate, and they constantly add to it. They are currently talking to Comcast about offering Netflix streaming right through the cable service. (Now if you are unaware there are many ways to do this already check out this article for a little more info http://tinyurl.com/HowDoYouWatchNetflixOnYourTv You’re Welcome).

Amazon is buying up lots of new material, signing contracts with many providers, and snatching up anything Netflix drops (with the $8 billion of cash on hand) vs the $290 million that Netflix has) they may be able to win out in the end… we will see. Right now both Amazon and Netflix have a plethora of movies; only the future will tell who will have more.

Amazon Prime Cost Vs Netflix Cost

Simple math $7.99/mo for Netflix Instant Video comes out to $95.88/yr. They do offer a 30 day free trial that once you try you will probably continue since they do offer the month to month option no contract of course. (Why not it’s only $7.99/mo you pay 3-4 times that a week on coffee if you’re the average American). Amazon Prime is $79/yr they don’t offer monthly payments. So while it’s cheaper (and pays itself back with the other benefits an Amazon Prime Membership comes with) you do have to pay it all upfront. They do offer many membership deals and bonuses throughout the year ($20 off your next Amazon purchase on top of any Prime savings you already get is usually enough to sweeten the deal so keep you eyes open for that or a membership discount they run 1-2 times a year). So when it comes to price Amazon Prime membership crushes Netflix membership.

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I use Netflix over the Amazon Instant Video every night of the week. Its not hard to believe of course given that at least 1/4 of Amazon Prime Members (according to some sources) don’t use or even know of the video library available to them. I have had ample time to explore both, and simply don’t like having to sort through all the videos on Amazon to figure out which are free, and which can be rented/purchased for a cost. Then it comes to quality as well pretty much everything on Netflix can be streamed in HD as long as you have the right connection speed (make sure you’re not using all your bandwidth on other things). While Amazon Prime may offer the SD version free, and then offer the HD version rental for a little more $. Netflix is the clear choice if you are looking for the best video streaming service… But of course I do like to plug Amazon Prime as I said earlier the Instant Video is only one of it benefits.

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