For the disgruntled bunch, or those looking to expand their media-consumption horizons, there are a growing number of options for watching movies and TV shows online, on DVDs or through cable TV's on-demand services.
After Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix
NEW YORK — Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater.
Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 million U.S. customers by raising what it charges for both streaming movies and TV shows over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. The increase is as high as 60 percent.
For the disgruntled bunch, or those looking to expand their media-consumption horizons, there are a growing number of options for watching movies and TV shows online, on DVDs or through cable TV’s on-demand services.
Amazon’s Instant Video
Thousands of movies and episodes of TV shows are offered for online rental, from $1 to $5. There is no Netflix-like monthly subscription plan, so this option is best for customers looking for an a la carte plan that lets them pick what they want to watch. Free movie streaming available with a Prime membership for $79 a year.
Renting movies is another pay-per-view option to access the latest dramas, comedies or TV shows. Customers can rent regular or high-definition flicks and watch them on iPhones, iPads, computers or TV sets using Apple TV set-top boxes.
More than 27,000 bright-red DVD kiosks are in grocery stores, drugstores and elsewhere. Customers can rent DVDs for $1 a night. Blu-ray movies are available for $1.50. Each kiosk holds 200 newly released titles, which are updated every Tuesday.
Under the new ownership of Dish Network, it shifted to per- day pricing recently: just-released movies for $3 for the first day, other newer movies are $2 and additional days are $1.
Comcast and Time Warner offer on-demand options to subscribers.
Hulu and Hulu Plus
Besides a free option, Hulu Plus subscribers can pay $8 a month for more content, high-definition viewing and access on the iPad, newer-model iPhones, video game consoles and high-end TV sets.