Remember the heyday of movie and television streaming services? Less than six years ago, Hulu courted networks with the promise of a one-stop shop for scarfing down TV, Netflix tried to spin-off it's small streaming catalogue into the ill-fated "Qwikster" site, and Blockbuster sat on the sidelines praying both enterprises would implode. Now we're in the thick of it, powerhouses and budding upstarts competing for movie-lovers' attentions, each with their own exclusive offerings.
Which one's for you? With Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon dominating the conversation, here are 7 options that may not be on your radar.
Unlike Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, subscription services catering to constant viewing, VUDU riffs on the "On Demand" model, offering a sprawling catalogue for use whenever an impromptu Movie Night pops up. High-definition rentals for recent marquee titles skew cheap, while movies from yesteryears are constantly dropping (with VUDU's "Deal of the Day," you could watch Shutter Island for $0.99). On temporary services, VUDU caters to those who want to buy collect. Deal-seekers can sift through the service's bargain bin, redeem digital copies of purchased Blu-rays through the Ultraviolet system, and even convert DVDs to digital files courtesy of VUDU's Disc-to-Digital app.
Unique Selections: The Wolf of Wall Street, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Game of Thrones, Lethal Weapon
[Rentals from $2.99 – $5.99, Purchases 17.99 - $22.99, $2 - $5/per disc conversion]