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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Watching Movies on TV ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 2/26/12 9:42 PM

No more video rental stores here. Our Blueray player never played half of the DVDs Netflix sent us. So trying to stream to our HDTV seems the next step.
Our laptops have only a VGA output on them. I know I can get the right cable, but then I'm told that my laptop video card has to be good for digital or I'll need some other expensive gadget. I don't even know how to tell if it is or not.

Cox and Netflix streaming has squat in offerings. What do the rest of you do to watch movies at home these days? It used to be a lot easier.

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Date: 2/26/12 9:45 PM

No matter what Netflix offers, we don't have a good enough quality internet service able to be able to watch streaming video. We usually watch something from our collection and rely on Netflix disks in the mail.

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Date: 2/26/12 9:56 PM

You can get a Roku 2 for under $80 and stream movies with that. Our friends just got one and they love it.

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Date: 2/27/12 1:21 AM

You do need a fairly highspeed and reliable internet connection to stream movies - if you have that, I have heard great things about the Roku player. It'd most likely be cheaper and easier to get a standalone Roku or similar instead of trying to upgrade your computer (which sounds at least a few years old if it's VGA out only).

Otherwise, I would get a new DVD player instead, because your DVD player shouldn't be rejecting that many DVDs from Netflix (or Redbox or whoever). The prices for plain DVD players have gone way down so you could probably save money that way, too.

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Date: 2/27/12 9:06 AM

We are lucky we have Comcast or Infinity which has thousands of movies on demand. And you don't need to subscribe to the HD service to use it. Considering it now cost $10 for one person to get into a movies here. $4.99 for a current movie for multiple people to watch is a bargin and their older movies are $2.99. The are now experimenting with movies before they are in the theaters for $10 a piece.
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Date: 2/27/12 9:15 AM

Thanks for the Roku recomendation. That looks promising. I see there is also Apple TV and some others. Not sure if we want to spend the bucks on another DVD player that will stream Netflix and nothing else? It seems as though the Roku will stream more things.

So many people have said they are getting rid of the cable and streaming everything. But, DH will never do that. He won't get rid of our land lines either, though we never use that! He loves his westerns on CMT and other stuff on cable, and to stream everything we want to watch would confuse the poor man and frustrate him to no end. I'd have to be there to do it for him and that wouldn't work.

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Date: 2/27/12 9:41 AM

When we got our Bluray box I wasn't happy with the way it played regular DVDs, so I kept the old DVD player. It rarely has problems with the Netflix disks.

I'm still a Netflix disk subscriber, and that format works really well for us - we never know when we're going to feel like watching something. I hate that Netflix charges more for blurays and don't pay it.

We have problems with Netflix livestreaming in the evenings, so rarely watch movies on it. Could be an ISP problem (we have Uverse). Works great after work and we mostly use it while on the treadmill. Amazon Prime function well (I've been a Prime member since they invented it for the shipping benefits) but there is hardly enough content to talk about and I despise their user interface.

That's my 2 cents FWIW. Good luck!

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Date: 2/27/12 9:47 AM

we have apple TV, xbox, and wii, all of which will stream netflix. in fact, our tv, for some strange reason, wouldn't let us watch broadcast tv last night (i was trying to watch the oscars), and we couldn't really remember the last time we tried watching regular tv. anyway, we stream everything, with an occasional dvd here and there (all from netflix). yes, the movie selection isn't that great, but the tv show selection is good, and that's what we watch a lot of.

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Date: 2/27/12 10:16 AM

Bear with me, I still find this hard to believe, but we got one of these Powerline devices, and it works great. Our internet signal is delivered wirelessly to our house, so doing a wireless connection from our computer to our TV/wii doesn't work well; I guess the signal is too degraded. The way the powerline works is one of the powerline modules in connected to our computer, and the powerline then plugs into the wall. At the TV (the other side of the house), a second powerline is plugged into the wall, and our wii is connected to that powerline module. The internet signal is transmitted along the electric circuits in the house, from one powerline box to the other, and it works perfectly! We stream stuff from netflix all the time, and I am thinking of getting the roku box so I can add amazon, hulu, etc....

one caveat... the units have to be plugged directly into the wall....

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Date: 2/27/12 10:40 AM

I have a small town, monopoly that drags my isp from 300 miles away. It's terrible. Just bad, truly.

And we stream netflix on the Xbox. Some delays at certain times, but we watch it fine. Of course, all we seem to watch is horror.

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