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Ever wonder what it would be like to combine your TV with your computer and the Internet? Well, millions are already doing exactly that… find out how you can too.

February 4, 2010

12 Nifty Ways To Stream Internet Movies At Home
Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Titus Hoskins

What if you could watch all your favorite movies and TV shows
from the comfort of your home – whenever you wanted to watch
them. Wouldn’t that get your pixels firing on all cylinders?

Well, now you can!

Of course, this is nothing new, since one obvious way to do this
is through your cable company which more than likely already
offers On Demand movies and programs. However, there are many
drawbacks to these cable services, with cost being the major
concern.

But forget cable services, that’s strictly old school. Right now
we are entering the dawn of a new age in home entertainment —
heralding the arrival of Multiplex TV.

Mainly because we are seeing the fusion of your TV and computer
screen. The marriage of your TV screen with your computer screen
is fast approaching, if it hasn’t already arrived. Probably
eloped while you weren’t watching; but many smart consumers have
already taken note and taken advantage of these two merging
entertainment forces.

Although using the Internet as a vehicle to deliver high-quality
entertainment to your TV screen is still in its infancy, there
are quite a number of services and products out there which will
allow viewers to gain access to streaming on-demand TV programs,
movies and original online content via the web. These services
will greatly expand the level of your home entertainment
experience and enjoyment.

So the real question is where and how do I gain access to this
vast and powerful online database of streaming media?

There are numerous services you can choose from and some of them
are even free, while most are subscription based. Regardless, all
will provide you with more than enough content for totally
enjoying online streaming media from the comfort of your home.

Here, in my opinion, are the best options available right now and
a few upcoming ones you should know about.

1. TVersity

TVersity is a free program you can download for free from
tversity.com. TVersity works by installing a media server on your
PC that will transmit your media to anywhere you like. In
conjunction with a gaming console such as Playstation 3 or Xbox
360, TVersity will open up to you a wide variety of media from
the internet. One of the main features that make TVersity so
great is that it can convert your files into the correct format
for easy streaming. This is very important because certain gaming
consoles can only play certain file formats. TVersity eliminates
any playback problems, no matter what type of media hub you’re
using such as Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, iPhone, PSP, or others.

2. Vizio’s Connected HDTVs (Coming in Fall 2009)

Vizio is planning to have their own Internet-enabled
high-definition TV set which is coming out in the Fall of 2009.
The details are still in the works, but these Television sets
should have the capability to connect to your home internet feed,
through an Ethernet connection or a wireless signal, allowing you
to access all the online content providers, such as Netflix,
Amazon and Blockbuster. If these TV sets actually produce even
half of what they are promising, it may be a worthwhile
investment and you should hold out until they are released if
buying a TV is high on your list of things to do.

3. LG’s NetCast Entertainment Access HDTV (Coming in May and
June 2009)

This spring LG is introducing a Television set that has their
NetCast Entertainment Access function built in. Perhaps, seeing
the potential Blu-ray players have with streaming capability, LG
has opted to do away with the box altogether. There will be four
internet-enabled TV sets: the 42LH50 and 47LH50 LCD TVs and the
50PS80 and 60PS80 plasmas. All the television sets will allow
access to Netflix, CinemaNow and YouTube; eliminating the need
for alternative devices by gaining access through an Ethernet
connection.

4. Media Mall’s PlayOn Digital Media Server (Price: $40)

Media Mall is a third-party software that lets you watch Netflix,
YouTube, Hulu, CBS, CNN, ESPN and more on your TV. Basically, it
enhances the streaming functions of your video game console. You
can run the program on your Windows PC and this allows your
gaming console to access streaming data via your computer, to be
displayed on your TV set. Isn’t technology wonderful?

5. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (Price: $199 – $299; $399 – $499)

The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are not just gaming consoles, they
also have the ability to be full featured media centers. For
example, Xbox 360 is capable of supporting Netflix streaming and
Xbox Live MarketPlace allows for the purchasing of movies or TV
shows. Playstation 3 has a similar feature, the Playstation
Network Store, which you can download video content to the
internal hard drive for viewing. Plus, by adding third-party
software, your Xbox and Playstation 3 can be made to support
internet streaming from Hulu.com, Amazon On Demand and other such
movie providers.

6. LG BD 370 Blu-ray Player (Price: $330)

This LG Blu-ray player comes equipped with NetCast Entertainment
Access. You can stream video from Netflix, YouTube and CinemaNow.
(CinemaNow is similar to Amazon Video On Demand) The LG BD 370
will quickly become a main asset to anyone’s Home Entertainment
Network.

7. Samsung BD-P1600/BD-P4600 Blu-ray Player ($229 – $499)

The Samsung BD-P1600 and BD-P4600 allows for Netflix and Pandora
instant streaming, you can also listen to great tunes or watch
your favorite movies. They are both Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players,
bringing you great high-definition quality from using Blu-ray
Discs. Connection to the internet is by an Ethernet port.

8. Roku Digital Video Player ($99)

The Roku Digital Video Player is a very cheap way to bring
streaming internet media to your Television set. It was released
when Netflix launched its “Watch Instantly” program. You
connect the player to your home network via an Ethernet cable and
you can then select from a wide range of standard to
high-definition connections to your television set. The Roku
player supports Amazon On Demand as well, giving you another
great choice on how to watch your movies. You will get more than
50,000 titles from Amazon Video On Demand and Netflix, with many
available in HD.

9. Vudu ($149)

Like Roku Digital Video Player, Vudu is a box you connect to your
Television set giving you access to over 13,000 movies. Vudu can
be a perfect addition to your home entertainment network. You can
also listen to music from Pandora via Vudu Labs on your
television set.

10. Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’

Netflix subscribers who have plans of $8.99 or more can take
advantage of Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” program, giving them
access to over 12,000 movies. You can access this program through
your Windows PC, Intel-based Macs, or a number of other devices
such as Roku Digital Video Player, LG BD 370 Blu-ray Player,
Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-ray Player, and Samsung BD-p4600 Blu-ray
play.

11. Amazon Video On Demand

Amazon’s Video On Demand has a current catalog of more than
40,000 titles to choose from, including HD movies and TV shows
which are available for watching in the comfort of your living
room. You can either purchase or rent these movies/TV shows and
prices range from around $14.99 to $2.99. It provides a
convenient way for you to watch High-definition quality movies
and TV shows on your TV, all without ever having to leave the
house. Amazon Video On Demand in HD is currently available on the
following compatible devices, the Roku Digital Video Player, TiVo
S3, the Sony DMXNV1 Bravia Internet Video Link, and Panasonic
VIERA Cast enabled HDTVs.

12. Hulu.com

Together, NBC Universal and News Corp have produced Hulu.com
which provides full-length, DVD quality internet streams of
movies and TV shows for FREE. Of course you do have to deal with
a few 15 to 30 seconds commercials every now and then, but the
benefits will outweigh this inconvenience for many viewers.

As you can plainly see by the variety and number of different
ways you can access streaming movies and TV shows via the
Internet; home entertainment is definitely going through a major
transition and everyone wants in on the action and potential
profits. The ordinary viewer has a whole array of options and
choices when it comes to choosing the system that will deliver
their streaming videos, movies and TV programs. It makes for a
perfect marriage, now lets bring on the honeymoon.

About The Author:
For a more information on Blu-ray and Blu-ray Players
try this handy comparison guide:
http://www.bluray-dvd-players.com
For information on buying Laptop Computers try here:
http://www.bizwaremagic.com/best_gaming_notebooks.htm
Copyright (c) 2009 Titus Hoskins. This article may be
freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

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