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Glad to see you reviewing all these streaming services (especially smart widgets) as it's all a bit of a minefield. Hope you cover Sony's movie unlimited and the samsung movie widget too.
I use Sony the most because it has the most up-to-date movies and it's easily available on my blu-ray player. The search is not great though - it wont let you list ALL of it's movies by release date - I usually don't know what I want to watch and want to browse movies from the last few months but cant easily. I'm sure there are films I would watch but they never present themselves.
I would have tried Netflix (on my smart tv) but you had to sign up before you could see what it had to offer (I wasn't tempted). It's a pity we cant browse all the content online somewhere for all the companies.
As for all the license deals which can come and go along with the fact that not all smart tvs/players etc have the access to all the competitors makes it difficult to want to sign up to a subscription.
Better dnla (like samsungs allshare) may make it easier for everyone to simply use their laptop/tablet to push the movie from any provider to their tv. I'm also surprised that the studios haven't created their own versions yet - why do they need a middle man?
Content in the UK version of Netflix is definitely a problem.
I solved that by using a VPN service called "Unblock US" that gives me access to an American DNS server. It costs $4.99 a month (about £3). I only had to specify the IP address of the DNS server on my router and all my networked devices were connected straight away. As a result, I can access the full US catalogue when I use Netflix. It's a huge improvement, and it's definitely worth the extra money since you can also access other US services like Hulu.
I realize this is starting to sound like a marketing pitch for Unblock Us, but I'm honestly just a very satisfied user who's enjoying the "real" Netflix experience.
Netflix is awesome. They did a great job of putting categories and subcategories to their website, however one big issue the loading can be painfully slow.
I totally agree with someone saying that Netflix is one of the greatest apps available on smart TVs. I am using an LG LM760T and I love watching movies on Netflix. I can rent high quality movies anytime and enjoy watching them on my wonderful LG TV.
I use Netflix as my primary TV source.I don't have cable so we watch Netflix a good amount of time. The content may be sparse on new things but the older titles are great.
Generally, I think that the Netflix streaming option is a good value. But, the movie content for streaming is hopelessly and utterly lame. In no time at all I had gone through the paltry A-list movies that they tout in their p.r. material.There are many favorite TV sitcoms that are not available, such as Mash, Taxi, The Honeymooners, Newhart, I Love Lucy, etc. And finally, the consumer interface is painful to use. It is s-l-o-w and unwieldy, and just downright annoying. It seems like every time you watch new show, netflix adds a whole 'nother category, i.e. "Because you watched (insert name of show here)...". There are something like 36 categories that each time that you are looking, for a movie for instance, you have to click down through...and then all the way back up through to get to your list of favorites...(how stupid is that)? It is just as tedious as it can be.
John, This is a great selection of movies for this month. I look forward to watch Drive. For those who live outside USA like me, you can use UnoTelly or other similar tools to access Netflix overseas.
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