Although the aroma of fresh popcorn and a darkened theater with a large screen attracts us to new releases, most of us still see much more movies at home than in the theater. With the introduction of online movie rentals and movie downloads almost ten years ago, the selections offered by the local video store are not the only options that viewers have for their home entertainment.
Aside from improved accessibility, movie buffs enjoy watching movies at home for convenience. With busy lives that keeps us at work and on the road, the time spent relaxing at home is a bonus and any service that allows us to enjoy that time without greater complexity or effort is much appreciated. With this in mind, which of these movie services offers the most value for the home viewfinder?
Traditional video stores may be convenient for some last minute movie selections; Or at least convenient if a person lives within a few blocks of the store. If someone suddenly decides at 5:30 pm. That there is time to squeeze in a sample of the latest Harry Potter film with children, then it is certainly easy to get to and from the store and be ready to see in half an hour. This supposes, of course, that the store will have a copy of the DVD available at home at the moment that is searched.
If Harry is not in the local video store, then browsing the remaining movies and examining DVD cases can provide a clue as to what the family could enjoy. After the movie, the viewer will have at least a couple of days to return to the store and return the movie before incurring any late fees.
Movie downloads are one of the most recent options. Certainly, downloading a movie can allow viewers to decide at the last minute to watch Harry Potter, or some other movie, as well. Just a quick 5 minute visit to the online download site to select and start downloading allows viewers to stay at home throughout the entire process. Most movies require approximately one hour to download depending on the connection speed. The good news, however, is that many movie downloads are able to allow viewers to start watching the movie only a matter of minutes in the download process.
There is no concern about returning the rented movies that are being downloaded or any late fees. After the download, viewers have a specified amount of time to watch the movie before it expires. Movielink, for example, allows you to store movies for up to 30 days. Perhaps the only drawback of many movie downloads is that they should often be viewed on a PC rather than a TV unless the viewers have a connection between their PC and TV. However, the future may provide greater flexibility, since legal film download services may be better positioned to allow the recording of DVD movies, as some of the digital rights management problems are being addressed with cinema….