If you're a movie buff, the internet is full of options for you. Whether you prefer to stream or download films, there are plenty of places that you can go. Of course, with illegal downloading being increasingly at the forefront of the minds of both the police and internet service providers, it's best that you use reputable and legal sources to get your films from. So here is a list of some of the best (and legal) places to get your movies from...
The US source for film and TV subscription is now available in the UK as well. There's a wide range of both local and international TV series and movies. You can watch films on any internet connected device, such as games consoles, smart TVs, smart phones or your computer. The service even recommends films to you based on others that you've seen and rated highly. Netflix costs just £5.99 a month.
LOVEFILM is most known for its mail order service, where you get your films through the post and return them the same way. However, by downloading the free LOVEFILM Instant app, you can also rent and watch online. A choice of over 5000 films and TV series is available to watch on your laptop, TV, iPad or wherever you want. You can either pay on a per film basis, or take out a subscription for unlimited access for just £4.99 a month.
A slightly different option is YouView, which has live TV channels, catch up TV and on demand content as well. You can either buy a YouView box for a one off upfront payment from a high street retailer, or get one as part of your phone and internet package through BT or TalkTalk. YouView is a subscription free service, so you pay only the initial fee.
This is probably the most popular and most used way to get movies on the internet, and is extremely safe. iTunes gives you the option of either buying movies out right, or renting them for a period of time. Buying the film lets you keep it on your hard drive, whilst if you rent the downloaded file will expire after a few days and you will no longer be able to access it. It might not be the cheapest option on the market, but iTunes does have a wide variety of films, and is definitely legal.
Another option that was previously only available in the US and has recently come to the UK is YouTube's film streaming service. Films with YouTube cost anywhere from £2.49 to £3.49 to rent, and you have forty eight hours to watch the film after you pay. There's a ton of options, from classic films to more recent releases, so there's definitely something for everyone. You do need to watch the film through the YouTube player currently, so the quality is not always amazing, but the choice of films and the easy access make it worthwhile.