Watching Movies: Where, When and How

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Technology has changed many areas of life, and watching movies is one of them. Where, when and how we see movies has completely changed since my childhood.

Growing up during the 60s and 70s, the only way to watch movies were:

  1. Go to the theater to see new movies (of which there were never many because the multiplex did not yet exist), or
  2. Watch movies on the few television channels that existed. These movies were at least a few years old and had commercials.
Then came the 80s and 90s and options grew. Now in addition to the above we could watch movies by:
  1. Subscribing to cable and adding on movie channels such as HBO and Showtime. However, this still didn’t give you the ability to choose when or where you could watch a particular movie.
  2. Going to the video store, hoping that the movie you want is available, then going back to return it.
And then, the dawn of the 21st century. 
  1. Netflix arrived and we could have movies mailed to us. Of course the popular movies would often have long waiting times.
  2. Streaming arrived both legally through Netflix and illegally online. Netflix streaming movies, while very convenient, does not include many new movies. 
  3. Sites like Amazon Instant Video and iTunes stream movies, however they can only be watched on your computer or mobile device. To watch on a large screen, you must have a connection to your TV.
Now we have On Demand and Flex View. With Verizon FiOS On Demand, you can watch movies within a few months of them leaving movie theaters. There is a tremendous variety, and no waiting. Watch any movie at any time.
And with Verizon FiOS Flex View, you can buy or begin watching a movie on one screen (TV, computer, mobile device) and continue watching on another. You can watch almost new movies anywhere and everywhere. Check out the Now On FiOS tab of the Verizon FiOS Facebook page for more info and to see just some of what is available to watch.

See also:
Independent Films Website: 5 Reasons to Subscribe to IndieFlix
Five Pop Culture Entertainment Startups

Full Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Verizon FiOS and I’m being paid for my posts. However, everything I have written is completely true and unbiased.
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  1. I usually don’t spend too much time watching TV, but this sounds enticing :>)

  2. I so want Verizon FIOS. It’s not in my area yet though. The minute it comes, I’m switching!

  3. Sounds like a nice option. We currently do the live streaming with Netflix as it works for us as we don’t watch t.v. much and like the old television series they run on it.

  4. It is all changing so fast- the way we watch, learn, and listen!

  5. Cut the cable more than five years ago — TV comes via antenna and broadband. Trialed Hulu, Boxee and Netflix, and prefer the latter, though we chose not to subscribe.

    Nevertheless, we consume video via iTunes, YouTubes, apps (ABC, PBS, etc.) and that’s only going to grow — four iPads in our house.

    FWIW, Verizon stopped expanding FiOS, so there’s no hope of getting that here in the provinces.

  6. Greta Brinkley :

    You forgot drive in theaters!

  7. Laura O in AK :

    I would so ditch cable up here IF we had unlimited usage available for internet. Love that there are so many options for seeing the movies you want to see now compared to waiting like what seemed forever to hit TV.

  8. Just Married with Coupons :

    I love watching movies! I also love Netflix, well worth it. We stream in through our game consoles. We don’t get Verizon service here, that all sounds cool though!

  9. Cheap Is The *New* Classy :

    We love watching movies together. We have a gigantic movie collection and have never actually streamed any, but we might try that soon! It seems really simple. 🙂


  10. This sounds awesome. We love watching Netflix!

  11. Stefani @ :

    I remember back when I was a child only having a few channels and making do with those. I now have cable + Netflix + Hulu. I would say my kids have it made when it comes to things to watch on the TV set.

  12. I cant wait until the day that a service exists that is fast internet, cell phone and tv all on one bill. Man I would LOVE to get rid of cable.

  13. The Mid Life Guru :

    Don’t forget drive-ins in the 60’s and 70’s. My parents could afford taking the whole family to the movies that way. We brought our own treats and cuddling up in blankets was a lot of fun. I do appreciate all the choices we have today. We are a movie buff family and love the different ways to get a show.

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