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Monday, May 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Movies & TV Shows on the Internet

In the old days, people in need of a cinematic fix had to either trek to the movie theatre or visit a brick-and-mortar facility. But advances in technology have changed all that, and now online movies and TV shows can be streamed over your TV or computer, downloaded to your iPod or Blu-ray player, and even delivered to your door by the postal service. Yes, my friends, the times they are a changin’.

In the following article dedicated to all aspects of movies online, we’ll be looking at some of the best places to find online movies for free, as well as subscription services dedicated to bringing you all the best streaming online movies. We’ll also examine the types of subscription plans, the best sites to find online movies for kids, and the much-loathed practice known as “throttling.”

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Online Movies and TV Shows

If you’re on a quest to enjoy some online movies and TV shows from the comfort of your home, you’ll find the number of choices initially confusing. But before we get to the best options available, let’s first look at the kind of subscription plans you might encounter, how renting movies online works, and the practice of “throttling.” And don’t forget that online movie rental services offer one major advantage over their brick-and-mortar counterparts: no late fees.

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How Renting Online Movies and TV Shows Works

Most online subscription services work the same way, so the following section should apply to almost any company you choose (with the exception of Redbox, where you get the movie out of a kiosk and return it the same way).

That’s all there is to it. Most services allow you to keep movies out as long as you like, and there are never any pesky late fees to worry about.

Subscription Plans for Online Movies and TV Shows

When you join an online movie service, these are the subscription options you’re most likely to encounter:

Throttling

Perhaps the most despised practice when it comes to renting online movies and TV shows, throttling occurs when a subscriber rents enough movies in a month to result in the company losing money on the pre-paid postage option. When this happens, the company may slow down the delivery time of movies by having them sent from a delivery center that’s located farther away. All of the major companies have been accused of this practice, and Netflix has even come up with a term to make it sound not as bad: “fairness algorithm.” This has resulted in lawsuits and hard feelings, but throttling isn’t something you’ll have to worry about unless you run through movies like crazy. Still, it does exist, so you might as well be familiar with the practice.

Online Movies for Free

Many cinephiles with an Internet connection enjoy the option of watching online movies for free. As you might expect, there are a number of sites which offer such services without regard for copyright laws, while others provide movies that are in the public domain are have otherwise been licensed. This section will focus on the latter, as I have no desire to get my pants sued off by some overly ambitious lawyer at one of the Hollywood studios. Most of the sites listed below offer free streaming online movies, although the option to download to your computer is sometimes available.

Streaming Online Movies

While being able to watch free online movies is a real treat, your selection is often limited. But thanks to the many pay services available, there are hundreds of thousands of movies at your fingertips. If you’re into streaming online movies, be sure to sign up with one of these services. And just in case you’re wondering, I recommend Netflix.

That concludes our list of services offering streaming online movies and deliveries right to your door.

Online Movies for Kids

Online Movies for Kids

If you’re looking for online movies for kids (and assuming you live in the United States), you should start by checking out Netflix and Blockbuster Online. Here’s what they have to offer:

Of course, keep in mind that almost every online movie rental service will have a similar section, so finding online movies for kids shouldn’t be tough at all.

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