All-you-can-eat entertainment, all for the cost of an Internet connection
Column: Forget the movie theater. Forget cable. Your computer has all the movies and shows you need.
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Now, I want to suggest a few things that I pay for. I have a Netflix account for about $15 a month. The other day I broke down and took the kids to see “Monsters vs Aliens” at a local theater. All together, it cost $50 – and that was for the non-3-D version. (The extra dimension would have cost an additional $21.) As my wife said to me, “Netflix looks better and better.”Skip to next paragraph
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The subscription sends DVDs to my mailbox. But here’s something you might not have known: there are hundreds of older movies that you can watch for free, instantly, as part of your subscription.
I can't part with my mlb.com subscription. It lets me watch Red Sox games from here in rural Northern Virginia. But I can also watch Dodgers games if I like, or Brewers games, or, heaven forbid, Yankees games (only to watch them lose, of course). It’s about $100 for the entire season. (I’ve also written in the past about how you can listen to NBA and NHL game for free.)
But there is one glitch in this: Internet entertainment means that you need to watch all everything on a computer. Today’s larger monitors make it a lot less cumbersome than you might think. (My kids do it constantly and don’t mind a bit.) And just last week, Wired reported that Adobe will bring Flash – the code used for YouTube, Hulu, most other Web videos – to televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and other home-entertainment devices.
“What this means is that Internet TV providers will soon be able to deliver interactive content directly to your living room TV, without you having to attach a computer to that TV,” writes Wired. “The upshot? Hulu in your living room -- we hope. Adobe says that the first devices with the new Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will be available in the second half of 2009. The company has already lined up an impressive array of content and cable company partners, including Comcast, Disney, Netflix, and The New York Times Company.”