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19 of the Most Popular VOD Sites for Film and TV Addicts


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While Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are the most well-known in the online VOD market, there are plenty of other contenders. Here are 19 of the most popular services.

While Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are the most well-known in the online VOD market, there are plenty of other contenders. Here are 19 of the most popular services.

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  • 1. DECISIONS, DECISIONS... 19 of the Most Popular Video-on-Demand Sites for Film and TV Addictsbrought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 2. Netflix, in its campaign to dethrone Blockbuster Video, launched the online video-on-demand revolution...brought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 3. But it’s earned some serious competitors in the 16 years it’s been running. Here’s how it compares with 18 of the most well-known contenders.brought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 4. Facts: scored early distribution deals with Epix (Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount) has exclusive partnership with Disney and DreamWorks Animation (family-friendly advantage) offers premium original content (House of Cards, featuring Kevin Spacey)Launch Year: 1997 will exclusively run Arrested DevelopmentKey Person(s): revivalCEO Reed Hastings, Marc Rudolph Pros:Service Type: large library available for streaming (14,000 TV series and movies)Subscription DVD-by-mail and online streaming;each service starts at $7.99 (Blu-Ray costs mobile app available for most devicesmore) Cons: lots of digging to discover good movies (mixedSources:Netflix logo: bag) to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 5. Facts: a non-profit organization that focuses on the appreciation and preservation of movies (Roger Ebert calls it “a temple to great cinema”) distributes movies people otherwise wouldn’t find offers an unaccredited film school hosts the annual Chicago International Children’s Film FestivalLaunch Year: 1975 offers DVD purchases as wellKey Person(s): Pros:Co-Founders Milos Stehlik and Nicole Dreiske larger film library than any streaming service (65,000+)Service Type:Monthly subscription DVD-by-mail service; has rare film selections (in some cases last-starts at $8.99 existing copies) Cons: no streaming available (yet -- it’s currently in theSources: works)Facets Multimedia logo: a little pricier than Netflix (but definitely worth the money)cable_n_2926926.html#slide=311785 to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 6. Facts: rentals stored for 30 days, but only available for 24 hours once viewing starts easily accessible (available on most devices) movies available on DVD release day, TV episodes available the day after they air purchases download to computer or the cloud uses WideVine DRM for streaming, Windows Media DRM for downloadsLaunch Year: 1999 now offers disc-to-digital service (in beta) using UltraViolet (even SD disc-to-HD digital download)Owner:Best Buy Pros: Hollywood movies and popular TV series; new releasesService Type: great customer supportA la carte streaming and download easy setup and downloadrentals $3.99+; purchases $12+ Cons: only user reviews (no other sources)Sources:CinemaNow logo: smaller selection -- about 6,000 titles (movies and TV)director-of-communications-chris-bennett-about-cinemanow/ pricey (no subs or deals, purchases as high as $16) few rare film finds to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 7. Facts: library has 30k+ films in 250+ genres (includes Criterion Collection) offers indies, silent films, documentaries, foreign films (including anime), as well as Hollywood filmsLaunch Year: 2003 offers film festival coverage and exclusive interviews with “the world’s best filmmakers”Key Person(s):President Dennis Woo rental plans up to 8 DVDs at a time ($49.95/month) per the website, no time or DVD restrictions on anyService Type: subscription plansSubscription DVD-by-mail; on demandstreaming Pros: its massive library and appeal to both indie and commercial film loversMonthly subs start at $9.99 (for 1 DVD out at atime); on demand streaming $5 for 30 days Cons:storage a little pricier than mostSources: on-demand is separate cost than monthly subGreen Cine logo: lackluster website design (possible customer turnoff)cable_n_2926926.html#slide=311837 lackluster customer support to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 8. Facts: all the latest releases available digitally current and past TV episodes available for purchaseLaunch Year: 2004 Pros: great user interfaceOwner:Walmart (2010) good variety of new releasesService Type: allows upload of old DVDs to the cloudA la carte streaming Cons: easy to blow a lot of money (no subs or deals)Rentals range $0.99 - $6 (HD most expensive),digital copy purchases $14 - $15Sources:Vudu logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 9. Facts: strictly indie films (features, shorts, and documentaries) allows indie filmmakers to upload/distribute their projects and get paid via revenue-share model (“Royalty Pool Minutes”), where they get paid for every minute watched by a subscriberLaunch Year: 2004 available on any “broadband InternetKey Person(s): connected device”Co-Founder Gian-Carlo Scanduzzi, Co-Founderand CEO Scilla Andreen Pros: has content from film festivals around the worldService Type: (including Sundance, SXSW, and Slamdance) and award-winning indiesSubscription streaming Cons:$6.99/month or $69/yr; 2-week free trial it’s niche, so no Hollywood filmsSources:IndieFlix logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 10. Facts: rentals stored for 30 days, but only available for 24 hours once viewing starts started as indie and foreign only, but did a major relaunch at 2012 International CES to include commercial films and blockbusters renewed licenses with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. purchases download to computer or the cloud Pros: offers mainstream and indie projectsLaunch Year: 2005 user-friendly interfaceOwner: offers recommendations in the sidebarRoxioNow offers Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes reviewsService Type:A la carte streaming and download movie store for the Android tablet coming soon Cons:rentals $2.99+; purchases $9.99+ only available in the U.S.Sources:Film Fresh logo: slightly smaller selection -- 5,000 titlesdownload/ requires free Widevine plugin for the media player to functionMovie-Retailer-Film-Fresh-Announcesbrought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 11. Facts: smaller streaming selection than Netflix, but Amazon users can make up by renting from Amazon Instant directly Video past TV series seasons and episodes available Pros: has TV shows Netflix doesn’t (e.g. exclusiveLaunch Year: 2006 streaming rights to “The Closer” and “Falling Skies”)Key Person(s):CEO Jeff Bezos convenient one-stop shopService Type: lower cost for some videos than iTunesSubscription and a la carte streaming Cons:Annual subs (Amazon Prime): $79 Instant streaming only applies if you’re anNon-Prime a la carte: rentals $3+, purchases up Amazon Prime member, otherwise you have to purchase or rent from Amazon.comto $15.99 doesn’t offer exciting original contentSources:Amazon Instant Video logo: can’t make orders in the mobile app to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 12. Facts: no registration required, but necessary for making a watchlist (a movie “queue”) and avoiding age verifications consists of 12 channels Pros: offers original series and eclectic (but limited)Launch Year: 2007 (formerly Grouper) movie selectionOwner: Cons:Sony (2006) limited options -- only 382 titles (Sony content)Service Type: limited TV -- not whole seasons availableFree, ad-supported streaming no HD all videos expire 4/1/13 (per logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 13. Facts: not streaming; download via iCloud like Film Fresh, rentals stored for 1 month, but only available for 24 hours once viewing starts if rental is still running at the 24-hour mark, gives the option to finish or cancel viewing current and past TV episodes and seasons availableLaunch Year: 2008 (movie streaming service) Pros:Key Person(s): visually pleasing and user-friendly interfaceCEO Tim Cook movies available before or during theatricalService Type: releaseA la carte digital download easily informed decisions (Rotten Tomatoes and user reviews)Rentals $2.99+, digital copy purchases $9.99 -$19.99 trailers available for every selection Cons:Sources:iTunes logo: easy to blow a lot of money (no free movies or deals) to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 14. Facts: plays strictly indie and foreign films and documentaries sister site to IndieWire and the IndieWire Blog Network backers include Comcast Ventures available for Roku and Boxee devices and iOSLaunch Year: 2008 voted Best iPad app of 2011 by GizmodoKey Person(s): Pros:Tim Leonsis (owner); CEO Rick Allen it’s freeService Type: quality selection of thought-provoking moviesFree, ad-supported streaming filmmakers share the site’s ad revenue Cons:Sources:SnagFilms logo: no Hollywood/commercial material ads to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 15. Facts: ads are targeted and based on consumers’ choices and interests (you provide basic info)Launch Year: 2008 members can choose to have both services (Store and Earn) or enroll in one exclusivelyKey Person(s):Founders Sharon Peyer, Andrew Prihodko ads are inescapable (you’re prompted to watch them if you try to click away)Service Type: movies available for rent as soon as the DVD’s2 options: released; TV episodes available the day after they airHitBliss Store: A la carte streaming; rentals$1.99 - $3.99 Pros: cost-effective optionHitBliss Earn: watch ads and earn creditstoward purchases or rentals in the HitBliss store Cons: limited library -- only 742 titlesSources:HitBliss logo: service still in beta, so limited memberships available to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 16. Facts: growing film selection from Criterion Collection (which includes the Janus Library) like Hulu, large TV supply Pros: great library for film buffs/connoisseurs (e.g. movies by John Ford, Akira Kurosawa)Launch Year: 2010 Cons:Majority Owners: movie selection lagging behind Netflix andFox Broadcasting Company AmazonService Type:Subscription streaming; $7.99/monthSources:Hulu Plus logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 17. Facts: unlimited access to all HBO series episodes, documentaries, and studio films available on Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Roku, Xbox 360, and some Samsung devicesLaunch Year: 2010 will start streaming live sports events soon, according to HBO Sports President KenKey Person(s): HershmanRichard Plepler; owned by Time Warner Inc. Pros:Service Type: great, compelling contentPremium cable subscription service every episode available (for marathon watching)$15 - $20/month (depending on your cableprovider) Cons: only available in the U.S.Sources:HBO Go logo: must already have HBO as part of your cable plan (Plepler’s contemplating making a non-subend-of-the-year option as of 3/20/13, according to the Huffington Post and Mashable) to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 18. Facts: thousands of film and TV selections available on proprietary devices (Android, Google TV) offers alternative channels in addition to the traditional genres (e.g. LGBT, Short Films, Classics, etc.)Launch Year: 2011 (major film streaming Pros:service) TV episodes cheaper than iTunesKey Person(s): offers free movies (especially on the ClassicsCEO Salar Kamangar, CEO Eric Schmidt channel)(Google) rentals available for 48 hours once viewing startsService Type:A la carte streaming Cons: TV episodes not available in HD; very little HDRentals $0.99 and up, purchases up to $19.99 movie selections not easily searchable interface for free moviesSources:YouTube logo: search results yield mostly user-generated contentwhere-find-movies-you-want-81511brought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 19. Facts: strictly indie features with big stars in lesser roles, documentaries, and foreign movies available on iOS, Roku, Boxee, Sony Bravia, and other devices hit 1 million Roku downloads March 2013, according to Yahoo! Finance offers alternative channels in addition to the traditional genres (including Film School Originals, Bollywood)Launch Year: 2011 offers original web seriesOwner:Screen Media Ventures, LLC. Pros: it’s freeService Type:Free, ad-supported streaming its 650-film library surpasses the other free streaming servicesSources:Popcornflix logo: Cons: strictly B flicks (no blockbusters) ads to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 20. Facts: how it works: find the movie you want, Fanhattan shows you which streaming services it’s available on, you click the service you want to stream it from web browser version in beta February 2013 per website, has 1 million+ movies to choose from members create a watchlist iOS app: 16 TV networks and streaming services (including truTV, HBO Go, and Netflix) web version: 19 TV networks and streaming servicesLaunch Year: 2011 (including Comedy Central, Vudu, and Playstation Network)Key Person(s):Founder and CEO Gilles BianRosa Pros: major streaming service selection + IMDb-like fanfare (daily magazine, trailers, cast/crew bios), with links toService Type: movie soundtracksFree iOS app; streaming service aggregator andguide offers Rotten Tomatoes reviews Cons:Sources: must already have membership with other paidFanhattan logo: services (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, iTunes,universal-retina-display-support-and.html etc.) to play a movie through Fanhattan to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 21. Facts: joint venture with Verizon available on Xbox 360, iOS, Android, and on Vizio, LG, Samsung, and Google TVsLaunch Year: 2013 Pros: least expensive paid streaming service ($2Key Person(s): cheaper than Netflix)CEO Shawn Strickland has distribution deals with Epix (Lionsgate,Service Type: Viacom, MGM)Streaming only or subscription streaming + 4 Cons:DVD rentals (Blu-Ray included) because it’s new, its library is limited (4,600 titles)Price range $6 - $9Sources:Redbox Instant logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 22. Facts: announced at SXSW 2013 similar to IndieFlix -- indie filmmakers post their productions to the site and direct viewers there Pros: filmmakers collect 90% of the net revenue from their moviesLaunch Year: 2013 a great new avenue to exhibit and support the indie film communityKey Person(s):CEO Kerry Trainor Cons: it’s brand new -- only 7 movies availableService Type:A la carte streaming; price range $2 - $9 service only available for Vimeo Pro membersSources:Vimeo on Demand logo: to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
  • 23. That’s a lot of choices...and there are some more where that came from, but these 19 are the most well-known. Which do you use?brought to you by E.i. Geek. (cc) April 2, 2013.
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