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Online Movie Rental – What Movie Viewers Want

Consumers have a number of options when it comes to viewing movies at home. Two of the most popular are renting movies at the local video store and renting movies via an online service. An informal survey was recently conducted on a home electronics/entertainment site regarding the movie viewing habits of website visitors. The results pointed to some of the misconceptions that still exist about online rental of DVDs by consumers that have not yet tried the service.

Participants in the survey were asked a number of questions, including how often they watch movies at home, whether or not they rent movies online, and if not, why. Nearly 28% of those responding indicated that they rent movies online. Of the remainder, the most frequently cited reason for not using an online movie rental service was concern which centered around the perception that online movie rental would be more expensive than the local video store. When looking at a couple of scenarios it becomes evident which method tends to be more affordable.

For individuals who indicated that they watch only 1 to 3 movies per month the savings from renting online are small. Renting 2 movies per month at the local video store would average around $7.40 whereas renting from Netflix for example, if they chose the plan that has a limit of 2 movies per month, would run $5.99. After getting a video at the local store the user would have overnight or perhaps one week to return the movie but an online rental would allow them to keep the movie for an unlimited period of time.

For those individuals who responded that they view 1-3 movies per week, the savings would be more significant. For instance, renting 8 movies per month would run around $29.55 at the local store and as low as $14.99 online if they chose the “2 out at a time” plan or $17.99 for the “3 out at a time” plan. As viewing increases so does the likelihood of experiencing greater savings.

For those who responded that they view 4 movies per week (averaged out to 16 per month) the average cost at the local store would be $59.04 while online rental would be $23.99 allowing the user “4 out at a time”. Renting through a service like Netflix generally does not limit how many movies a person views but rather, how many movies they can have out at any given time. Therefore rentals are more or less unlimited with many of the plans.

The second most frequently cited reason for not utilizing online movie rental services was that the individual rented movies on the spur of the moment and did not plan ahead. Certainly renting movies online and receiving them through the mail would not allow someone to decide at 6:00 p.m. that they want to see The Queen and receive it so that they can be viewing the movie by 8:00 p.m. However, the delay for receiving movies selected through the mail is only 1 business day which would seem sufficient in most instances.

The future of DVD rental may be changing however as Netflix announced in early 2007 that customers would now have the option of watching movies instantly via a streaming service that is now available for some movies. The service should be quicker than most download services as streaming allows viewing of the movie as it is streamed rather than waiting until download is complete. Although a full transition from the current mail delivery system to a download type of service will take time, it is clear that immediacy will only continue to improve. It would seem that other online movie rental services would follow suit in coming years in order to compete.

Consumers who have not been initiated into the online movie rental world also may be unaware of other benefits/features of such services.

* Greater selection- A typical video store has 10,000 to 15,000 titles available whereas the Netflix online movie rental service has over 80,000. This would seem to eliminate the problem of consumers arriving at the store only to find that there is nothing there that they really want to see.

* There are no fees related to the delivery and return of DVD’s; and there is no traveling to and from the store as movies are delivered to their door or to their home via streaming.

* Movie selection is assisted by user reviews through online programs like Netflix.

* Trials of online movie rental services are generally risk free as there are free trials available and no cancellation fees.

* There are never any late fees nor restrictions on how long a movie can be kept.

Misconceptions about online movie rental services appear to limit the participation of a significant number of consumers. Online movie rental probably offers the services that most consumers want, even if they don’t know it yet.

Who Has the Best Movie Channel Package?

If you love movies, then you know full well that any of the TV providers has virtually the same packages available. When it comes to who has the best movie channel package, what it actually comes down to is bundled packages, pricing and what other movie sources are available to give you even more access to great movies and shows you want to watch. In terms of options and pricing, you’ll want to sit down and do a lot of comparison work so you can answer that question properly.

When HBO became the first movie channel in the early 1980′s, no one considered just how much that would change the landscape of TV viewing. Now, with dozens of different packages like the HBO group including HBO and HBO Family and others, the Cinemax group including Cinemax, ExtreMax and others, Showtime’s group, Starz and all the others, you’ve got hundreds of movies available to watch every month so finding the best movie channel package can be a little challenging.

If you only want one movie package, you’ll find you’re paying about $16-17 a month extra. However, for those of us who love movies, bundling multiple packages together will enable you to get a lot more value for your TV entertainment dollar. As you add more movie packages to your deal, you’ll usually find that the bundle pricing is a lot better per package than if you were to sign up for each separately. However, do take care as some companies don’t discount as much as you’d think, so watching the bottom line is important to ensure you’re getting the best movie channel package.

As for other movie options, technology has advanced to the point where we have a lot of options available besides trying to find the best movie channel package. Pay per View movies let you watch new release movies almost as soon as they hit the DVD racks. Movie channel packages usually don’t get those movies until about a year after the DVD has released. A new twist on the PPV concept is the On Demand type of services offered by TV providers which means you can watch PPV movies when you want to instead of having to wait for it to “loop around” to the start again. Another new option is one where you’ve got access to streaming movies from companies like Blockbuster as a part of your TV package deal.

Finding the best movie channel package deals isn’t all about who’s offering you the better bundle package but about what the overall capabilities of your TV provider so you know you’re getting the best value for your dollar. Movie lovers have more options today than ever before, so sit down and see exactly what you can get for your money.

Live Event Video Streaming Via Satellite

High speed satellite internet is a great option for people who aren’t in the same location all of the time. For families who only call one place home and businesses who are in the same location all year round, DSL and cable internet services will do just fine. But if you are constantly on the move, or even out to sea, then it’s stating the obvious to say that a physical connection to the internet will not work for you. High speed satellite internet connection is a great, reliable and affordable solution for those people who are not stationery for a long period of time.

Another great thing that today’s satellite technology can provide is live event video streaming. With the use of a satellite, you can easily create fun and affordable live satellite-to-internet video streaming. This live event video streaming is exactly what it sounds like: a live event being video taped/recorded and uploaded to a special satellite, where it is then sent back to the internet for live viewing by interested participants.

Live video casting solutions are provided by many different companies, including todocast.tv and even comcast.com. It’s a great solution for when you want to share an event with people who cannot physically be there. Corporations do this all the time, as do all of the major sports leagues — those pay-per-view baseball games, football games and basketball games you’re watching are definitely the result of live event video streaming!

In general, live event video streaming refers to streaming media. Streaming media refers to multimedia that is constantly received by or presented to a use while it is being delivered by a streaming provider — in this case, a company or even an individual through the use of specially designated satellites, positioned high above the earth.

As mentioned earlier in this article, live event video streaming is a terrific solution for people who want to share an event with others who cannot be there in person. Typically satellite media streaming is used for sports related activities, including baseball, basketball, football and wrestling, but it can also be used to share live concerts, theater performances, even weddings, graduations and other ceremonies and special events. Live video casting solutions can be used in conjunction with pay-per-view style of movie sharing, or on its own.

For more information on the wonderful technology that is live event video streaming, and to receive more information on live video casting solutions, head to the internet and do a keyword search for both terms. You’ll find a lot of information on both, including examples and how to get started with your own satellite media streaming!