Action Movies Are On The Menu This Weekend

I have been a subscriber of the streaming service of Netflix for quite some time now. During this time I have enjoyed the wide selection of movies though sometimes cursing at Netflix for buying C rated action movies. You know these Steven Segal movies where the director fast forward the fight scenes to make it look like Steven Segal is fast as lightning. It is almost embarrassing to watch. Why can he not just age gracefully? I am well aware that action movies generally is made up things that rarely happens in real life but that does not mean I want to see bad special effects or poor CGI. However this week has been great as Netflix has bought many well known and good action movies with great actors. Yes they might be 10-15 years old but they are still good. So for this weekend action is on the menu with titles such as We Were Soldiers, Mission Impossible 1 and 3, Payback and Shooter.

We Were Soldiers is a moving starring many talented actors like Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear and Sam Elliott. This is just to name a few. It is a rather violent and bloody movie but you are guaranteed to sit on the edge of your seat during the entire movie, or at least from when the battle begins. Despite being a war movie you are also being told a underlining story of how the wife’s and families are coping with the loss of their husband/dad. A well directed movie that I will enjoy watching despite having seen it before.

Mission Impossible 1 and 3 really does not need an introduction. The popular franchise has been well received by the film critics. One more than the others but all are fun to watch. Netflix bought them just shortly after Mission Impossible 4 was playing in the cinemas. One of the best action movies of the year. The interest of number 4 in the series will no doubt rub of on Mission Impossible 1 and 3 which is probably why Netflix bought them in the first place. Use the popularity to increase revenue. You cannot blame them for doing so. It is only natural and besides that I am sure we Netflix customers are happy with the opportunity to re-watch the old Tom Cruise flicks.

Payback is another Mel Gibson movie and because he is starring in it it is almost safe to say that that alone is enough to make it good. Mel Gibson rarely stars in boring movies and I enjoy his acting tremendously which is probably more difficult these days as the bad stories hit the news paper. I just remind myself that I watch his films for entertainment and nothing else. Payback is not your ordinary action movie as it not only about fight scenes but also double crossing with some humor thrown into the mix.

The last action movie recently added to Netflix is Shooter starring Danny Glover and Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg plays a sniper who has to clear his name with the help of a FBI Agent. An exciting movie with some twists that keeps you interested all the way through till the end. That is a rather rare thing to find in action movies these days.

Free Streaming Videos

The Internet is filled with websites that offer free streaming videos. The contents of these videos range from a wide variety of shows. From a real-time view of a certain road in Germany to a short clip from a cooking show that aired today, the contents of free streaming videos are so diverse that it is almost like having a television with a thousand channels to choose from.

Many of the free videos being streamed are clips from newscasts – the weather report or an interview with a politician or celebrity. Movie and music companies also offer free streaming videos in the form of movie trailers and music videos. Sports websites offer free streaming videos of the day’s sports highlights – the dunk from a basketball game or the grand slam homerun from a baseball game.

News and sports websites also have a portion of their webpage space dedicated for streaming advertisement videos. Internet users are treated to a whole array of commercials that they also see on the television.

A lot of educational organizations provide free streaming videos of lectures, presentations, and demonstrations. Other organizations even provide videos of documentaries.

Although most of the free videos flooding the Internet are considered mainstream, there are also a lot of free videos posted online by your average Internet user. There are a lot of websites that offer free video streaming services, allowing users to upload their “homemade” videos and share them with the entire Internet-surfing population.

Another type of content that currently takes up a large share of the free streaming video market is made by adult video companies. Internet pornography accounts for a large portion of Internet users’ consumption.

So while there are advantages to having free access to streaming videos online, there is also a risk involved, especially with children who use the Internet.

Which Player Is Better for Streaming Movies and TV – The Apple TV Vs the Roku LT

Is Apple or Roku the Better Choice for Streaming Movies

The two most recommended players for streaming movies right now are Apple TV and Roku boxes. So, the obvious question one might ask is; which one should I buy?

This question is a little difficult to answer because of recent additions to the Apple TV, namely the Hulu Plus application and Air Play Mirroring. Before the new Apple TV add-ons the Roku LT was the easy pick because it offered much more content for half the price.

Which player is better when it comes to streaming movies and online media content? Let’s examine the pros and cons of each one.

Streaming Movies and More with the Roku LT

The content sources of the Roku LT are really fantastic. Also, many of the features of this little box are just a bit better than their competitors. The Roku LT interface is extremely simple and very user-friendly with a channel layout that can be easily customized by the user and includes a simple uncluttered remote control. The Home Screen is quite easy to navigate and the Channel Store is loaded with choices. The fact that the Channel Store is separate from the Home Screen makes it easier to view all the available streaming movies and content without overcrowding the Home Screen.

Of all their models the Roku LT is without a doubt the best deal. If for some reason it is not available, take a look at the Roku HD. It is essentially the same, but costs $10.00 more.

What makes the Roku line-up of streaming players so impressive is what they do best, and that is to seamlessly stream quality content. Roku owners have no need to buy Bluetooth remotes, pay extra for USB ports or MicroSD card slots or 1080p. Although the Roku LT is limited to 720p, the Roku 2 XS model will stream 1080p video. The difference between 720p and 1080p is usually indistinguishable to most people.

Constant improvements and updates have taken the once simple Apple TV from being not much more than a glorified player for Netflix to being the best in the game for streaming movies and TV. The image above is an example of the larger cover art from the Apple TV. Movie ratings and recommendations from Rotten Tomatoes and Genius are nice features that go along nicely with the easy to use navigation. However it does cost twice as much as the Roku LT.

If you are a Mac user and a music lover, AirPlay allows you to stream music along with videos and photographs from any of your iPad, iPhone or iPod devices. Unlike the Roku LT, Apple TV doesn’t support Pandora, but you can easily access and stream it from any of the iOS devices.

Another plus is the AirPlay Mirroring which is built right into the Mountain Lion OS. This is a handy feature, only if you have a newer Mac that allows you to stream anything that appears on your computer screen, including flash and/or free Hulu video wirelessly directly to the TV.

Don’t forget iTunes. Along with streaming movies and TV, Apple TV also has the ability to stream videos and music from iTunes. You can also sign up for iTunes Match, which costs $25.00 a year, and stores all your music for you so there is no worrying about storage space for your music at all.

Roku users will also have the same option with the upcoming launch of the Amazon Cloud Player application.

Obviously if you are already a user of Apple products their player is going to a lot more appeal because you already speak the language and from that perspective it is a pretty easy choice.

Which Player is the Better Choice for Streaming Movies and TV?

Simply put: if you are already a fan of Apple the choice is easy, buy the Apple TV. If you are not already committed to Apple products, get the Roku LT.

The Roku LT is much less expensive and also has more available options as far as content is concerned. However the Apple TV is a little more user-friendly, and the newly added Hulu Plus is helping the Apple TV narrow the content gap.

Which One is the Better Choice for:

Current Apple Users: the Apple TV

Price: Roku LT

Better Content: Roku LT

Better Interface: the Apple TV

Non-HD TV: Roku LT

When all is said and done, the Roku LT has the advantage with those that are not Apple fans, because of its value. Although the Roku LT is not at all difficult to use, those with less technical expertise may want to opt for the easier to use Apple TV.