The Academy Awards have been dolled out, marking the best films of the year. If you’re looking for films to watch, it’s smart to start with Oscar winners.
A few of the movies are already available, but others might take time before they make your local store’s New Releases shelf. Fortunately, there are some quicker ways of getting hold of movies, and they don’t even require you to go out. Some video streaming services make it possible to watch movies almost right after they’re released. In order to enjoy them, though, you’ll need a streaming device.
Plug in to the Internet
Streaming video services work through an Internet connection, so they’re separate from your run-of-the-mill cable television. Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Vudu, Blockbuster, Hulu – all of them have their strengths and weaknesses and offer different content. To access them, you’ll need a device compatible with the service.
Among the easiest devices for streaming are video game consoles. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii and Wii-U all are capable of streaming video. You can find any of those systems at just about any electronics store or big box store you frequent. Best Buy offers 2 percent cash back on its purchases, as does Walmart. Target is currently offering 3 percent, and games retailer GameStop will give you 2.5 percent. Other streaming boxes such as Roku, Netgear’s NeoTV, Sony’s Internet Player and Apple TV can get the job done. You might find good deals from Amazon and Newegg.
Grab some credit
Among the streaming services, you’ll likely be paying subscriptions or renting movies on a case-by-case basis. For example, you can pay monthly for Netflix, or grab individual rentals or digital purchases from Amazon Prime and Vudu.
To keep your costs down, look for deals and try to get gift cards from the retailers above when possible. You can purchase Amazon gift cards at Target and take advantage of 3 percent cash back, for example, and Vudu will often give free rentals for sign-ups and referrals, and also has coupons for $2 rentals.
Once you’re set on your streaming equipment and your service, all you’ll need to do is find the movies you want to watch. Be sure to check all the streaming services, as some will have movies others don’t, and often deals will crop up on one service to help it compete with another.
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