I'm a movie fan and we have always rented most new movies at Blockbuster over the years. Their 4 for £10 offer where you could keep four movies 4 days was the main way, and at £2.50 a film in Blu-ray it seemed cheap and 4 days was a decent amount of time to get to watch the films in.
In recent weeks Blockbuster has moved to making it 3 for £10 for 3 days, so a much worse deal, and a single Blu-ray rental for one night has moved up to something like £4.50 or more a day. I see on the Web site it even talks of £10.50 for 3 days for 3 movies now.
I've been wanting to move to renting at home via broadband for years now.. and it has always seemed to be coming soon.
The 3D TV I got recently has Samsung Apps in it and its 3D blu-ray player that should allow streaming of films to the TV from folks like LoveFilm.. but it just says 'coming soon' when I look at it. How useless is that.
I am a keen PS3 user and when I saw LoveFilm announce the other day that they were now streaming to the PS3 I went and tried that. I could see no way to rent a film though, and even if I could the talk seemed to be of older movies that are of no interest to me, I want to view films the day they come out for rental, and in HD.
The LoveFilm talk seemed to be of this being an add on service to their old movies by mail system, and that you need an account/payment plan on that to be able to see movies online. That sounds plain silly to me and so I rejected the idea.
I'm writing because I have watched a few films this week by streaming them. It worked perfectly and all I paid was the cost for each film, which seemed to vary from about £3 to £4.50. No petrol/driving/trying to find the films, and then taking them back etc needed though... which is great.
The system I used is surprising.. it is Apple TV. I got one of the new just out streaming Apple TV boxes to watch some TV shows I bought from AppleStore after missing them on TV. It costs just £99 from an Apple store, and it is tiny, and has a neat small remote.
AppleStore seems to now have a lot of just out films for rental via Apple TV. A couple of clicks and I'm watching the film and that's that. No hassle and a fairly reasonable cost. Last night we watched a film that lasted over 2 hours and that was in HD and it was great.
The same Apple TV system can see what is on all computers in the house that are running itunes and that have my ID setup for home sharing in the itunes setup on them.
This allows playing of itunes material from those machines, so music, videos, and photos even...all via the main TV and sound system.
My setup is a good speed broadband, and an HDMI lead from the AppleTV box to the TV. I also have a light based sound lead from the AppleTV box to my AV sound system, though I could just listen to the sound from the TV if I wanted.
So - I hope me mentioning what I have found works really well for me will help others here. If anyone has found other systems to watch movies please do say, there must be various ways to do it.