Streaming videos and movies

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Streaming videos and movies
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 12:33pm

Do you stream movies? Do you use something like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Instant Videos? Do you stream through your blu-ray, Wii, Roku or something else?

Have you ever compared services? Which do you prefer and why?

Karla
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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 8:35am

We have not watched the first DVD in Blu-ray so I don't know if there is a difference or not. lol We have had a great time watching Documentaries from Netflix. There is a major difference in how it streams verses the Wii.

Karla
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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 12:02am

Karla, are you now watching movies in Blu-Ray or mainly using it for streaming? Are most titles now available for Blu-Ray? Do they still cost more to rent than regular DVDs? Is there a noticible difference in quality between Blu-Ray and regular DVDs?

The streaming through our Roku is usually fast. A couple of times there has been an issue with it being slow, its so infrequent that I wonder if the internet service is the problem.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:25am

I almost bought my husband a Roku for Christmas but thankfully couldn't get one shipped in time. lol Instead I bought him a Blu-Ray player with streaming capabilities and it is awesome. We had previously been streaming Netflix through the Wii and it was often so slow. Now we can get anything available and it is so much faster. I haven't tried Hulu yet but was thinking about it. I wonder if how it compares to Netflix.

Karla
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 8:58pm

We subscribe to Netflix, both the streaming and the DVD by mail. My adult kids both had Netflix and recommended it. At the time we signed up I did make a comparison between Netflix and blockbuster.com and thought that Netflix was a better deal for us. Since then they've increased their monthly fee substantially but I still think its a good deal for us. My dh streams content almost every night, and we watch about 5-6 DVDs per month. Since a movie theater ticket here is about $12 per person (even the bargain matinees cost $8 or more) and Blockbuster charges ~$5 per DVD, the $17/month for Netflix is a bargain. And I really like is the convenience of not having to return a DVD to a store.

Initially we watched the streaming movies on my computer, then about a year ago we got a Roku (again at the suggestion of ds). I don't watch any movies through Amazon; I've seen some video clips online through Hulu but don't like to watch full movies or episodes on the computer---while the resolution is better than our tv, the screen is too small. I actually don't know if its possible to watch Hulu or Amazon content through the Roku and without having to pay additional fees.

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Wed, 01-04-2012 - 8:22pm

I can honestly say that I haven't.