I used Redbox for the first time this week - that's the DVD rental machine they have in lots of grocery stores - a buck a night for DVD rentals, due back 9pm the following night to avoid an additional night's charge. You swipe your credit card, and the machine spits out the movie after you choose from a touch screen. We watched Iron Man 2 and Shutter Island.
This is unusual for me, as I'd normally either use cable On-Demand movies, or just take advantage of the movie channels that I pay for (I know - I'm so antiquated). I was at someone else's house, and I'm unlikely to rent from my local Redbox, since I don't go to the grocery store every day.
I thought it would be an interesting post for me to poll my audience on how you get your content? Now, I'm talking mostly about stuff you watch at home - I know some people download shows onto their Iphones and now Ipads, but I'm thinking more of stuff that somehow ends up on your TV (or your computer, I guess.
There are lots of options, and I'm interested in all feedback:
1) Pay up front - subscribe to HBO, Showtime, etc
2) Pay per view cable: On-demand movie libraries
3) Streaming - which is an entire subset all it's own
a) how do you stream? Roku? Wii? Xbox? PS3? BluRay Player, Windows Media PC?
b) where do you stream from? Amazon? Vudu, Hulu? Itunes? Netflix?
4) Physical Rentals: Redbox? Netflix? Other?
5) Side question: Do you even have the capability to play a VHS tape in your house? I do not.
My wife and I have pondered trying to cut back some of our movie channels and just paying for content we demand - but there are a few issues: 1) We watch a number of series on Showtime (Dexter, Californication, Weeds) and HBO (Entourage, Big Love) which I don't think are available in a timely manner elsewhere. 2) I pondered dumping the movie channels and streaming via Amazon/Netflix thru a BluRay player, but my cable company (Comcast) caps me at 250GB a month - does anyone know how much bandwidth a streaming movie consumes (you can give me regular def and HD if you know it) ?
Any other random thoughts on this subject?
disclosure: I have no positions in any of the companies mentioned here