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Every person has a way of spending his or her pass time or weekends. Some spend it outdoors and some just stay at home and probably read a book. Others they spend their weekends watching movies at home. As people get busier and busier everyday their movie watching habits also change. If they once loved to go out and watch movies in theaters near them, now they either don’t have the time or would like to stay at home.

Thanks to the internet technology, video streaming activities are now available all from the comfort of your lazy-boy. While most people watch free movies online, others turn to subscription service like Netflix.

Netflix along with many other subscription services are the affordable way to rent movies online and by far the most convenient way for most individuals. They have large collections of movies to choose from. With the subscriptions services you are sure to find your favorite movie or even TV show at a price that is not heavy in your pocket.

Watching movies is has never been this enjoyable! You get to spend quality time with your family. A busy week can be so wearing that spending your weekend at home watching your favorite movie online is the best thing to do.

So see? Why spend most of your time searching for free movies online and downloading it for hours before you can start enjoying it? When you can easily have your choice of what to watch with a minimal cost of a couple of cents per day? Isn’t that a marvelous deal? And one more advantage is you can have access on it anytime of the day and you don’t have to worries for late penalties if you can’t return it on time either.

For people who have the Xbox or PS3 game console and you are an Xbox Live Gold member then take note that you have already a Netflix ready device. The device should be attached to a high speed internet connection though. It allows members to find movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix on the Television.

Same thing with PlayStation 3 system that allows Netflix to stream instantly on your PS3 system with thousands of movies to choose from and TV shows. One can clearly see the power of the new technology on watching movies online. It has never been easier than going out and watching it in theaters or even going out just to rent videos. But when you subscribe for a plan online then you can get all the movies and TV shows that you want with just a click.

Nothing is easier and more hassle free than watching movies online. Convenient, cost effective and the most important thing is you get to spend your time at home with your family. Nothing can beat spending quality time with your kids at home, be it doing some household chores together or playing your favorite sport in your backyard or eating popcorn while watching your favorite film or TV shows.

Get the Movie Lover in Your Life Apple TV for Christmas

There are those people who just love movies and they collect DVDs and digital movie files. Their collections are so extensive that they have started overtaking the entertainment center. The perfect gift for these movie buffs is the Apple TV. This is a standalone unit that connects to the television with just one cable.

This device can store movies in all formats. Hundred of movies can be stored in the one device. All the user needs to put their collections on the Apple TV is a computer and the software to burn DVDs. Movies can also be purchased online and directly downloaded to the system from iTunes which is already installed for the user.

With onboard wireless, live movies can also be streamed from companies such as NetFlix or other online movie websites. For those who do not have a DVR, popular TV shows can also be streamed directly from Apple TV so no show is ever missed. Just go to the website for the network the program is showed on and click on the series that has been missed and click on the episode. The show is immediately shown on the screen of the television.

While this can all be done by a computer, many do not want to watch a television show from a small screen and would prefer to watch their shows and movies from a full TV screen. This means that the computer can be left for those who need to work on it instead of them having to wait for the movie or television show to be over. This convenience is huge when considering the cost is right at a hundred dollars for the unit.

The case is a sleek black design and it has a program within it that allows users to sync up their iPods or iPhones to act as a virtual remote control device. This means that there is no separate remote control that can be lost. Most people know where there phone is at all times so this is an added convenience that is added by Apple to make the Apple TV friendlier for the user.

Installation of the Apple TV only takes one cable connection and it sets up in just minutes. Get the movie lover in your life one of these handy devices that stores and streams movies and television shows. This is a gift that can last for many years to come.

Which Streaming Service Is Best?

Our definition of television has changed over the years. It used to be that you could only watch TV on your TV. If you wanted to watch a movie back in those primitive days you actually had to drive all the way to the store to buy or rent a DVD. Thanks to high speed internet we can now stream movies and TV from the cloud to all sorts of devices from phones to computers (and yes, even on your TV). Now that video streaming has proven to be insanely popular, dozens of online streaming services have come onto the scene, all competing for your attention and your money. That raises the question: which one is best?

Describing all of the streaming services available would be next to impossible, but here is my top-5 list of the most popular services out there.

iTunes: For the Apple Enthusiast

Like most of Apple’s products, you either love iTunes or you hate it. If you already have apple products, using iTunes is a great way to sync all of your videos, music, and books on all of your devices. And whenever you pause a video, you can keep watching from where you left off, even on a different device. The downside to this service is that it’s only available for Mac products or PC. It also is slower on updating rentals than other providers. Overall, iTunes is a good option for Mac users, but it’s still worth it to explore other options.

Devices Supported: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PC/Mac

Price: $0.99 for TV show rentals, movie rentals start at $2.99

Selection: iTunes has a good selection for purchase; rentals are updated slower than some other providers

Vudu: For the Videophile

Vudu began its life back in 2008 as a box offering HD movies delivered via the internet. Now they got rid of their hardware and license their service to other devices. If you want only the highest quality content, this is the service for you. In addition to offering 3D content, Vudu also has the highest quality videos of any streaming service. They also have some new movies available sooner than other streaming services. The catch is that this service can get expensive.

Devices Supported: Android, iPad, Roku, HDTV/Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC/Mac

Price:$2 for 2 days on select titles, other titles start at $4.99 for HD and $5.99 for HDX (featuring 1080p HD) and usually last for 24 hours

Selection: They have several thousand selections, and most titles are available the same day the DVD comes out in stores

Amazon Instant Video: The Nice Afterthought

Amazon started selling digital media using a download service. They have since switched to Amazon Instant Video and have gone away from downloaded content in favor of streaming. To get access to Amazon Instant Video you can sign up for Amazon Prime, which allows you to access some content for free, after the yearly subscription. Other content can be purchased.

While Amazon’s video catalog is rapidly growing, it’s level of content is still not to the same level as Netflix or Hulu. However, Amazon does have some unique features that are unique to this platform: free two-day shipping and reduced overnight shipping on all amazon prime products and even free monthly book rentals from Amazon Prime Lending Library.

Devices Supported: Kindle Fire, iPad, Nook, Roku, HDTV/Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, PC/Mac, and more

Price: $79 yearly subscription for Amazon prime, TV shows start at $1.39 to rent and $1.99 to own, new movies start at $3.99 to rent and $14.99 to own

Selection: They have a fair number of older shows and movies, there is also a good selection of BBC programs. While they have some new movies available to Amazon Prime members, most of them require you to pay for them

Hulu Plus: For the TV Show Junkie

Hulu Plus began as a TV series streaming site and, while they do offer some movies, the reason to subscribe to Hulu Plus is to watch TV shows. The platform offers more TV series than any other service, especially current episodes, and most of this content can be seen commercial-free. Hulu also offers a free service for streaming new episodes of hit TV shows, but it is only available on your computer.

Devices Supported: Android, iPhone, iPad, Roku, Apple TV, HDTV/Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, PC/Mac

Price: $7.99 monthly subscription

Selection: The best selection of TV shows of any provider. Hulu Plus is an especially good choice for those wanting the most current episodes of hit TV series

Netflix: Get a Little Bit of Everything

Netflix came onto the scene over 10 years ago and completely revolutionized video rentals. They have one of the largest streaming content libraries and have millions of subscribers, making Netflix one of the biggest video streaming services out there. HD quality isn’t as high as some providers, but the cheap subscription and availability on almost any device makes Netflix a must-have for any movie or TV lover.

Devices Supported: Android, iPhone, iPad, Nook, Roku, HDTV/Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, WiiU, PC/Mac, and more (really pretty much anything)

Price: $7.99 monthly subscription

Selection: With a large selection of TV shows and a positively gargantuan selection of movies, Netflix has the best overall video selection out there.