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What are the Best Online TV and Film Streaming Websites?

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Given the abundance of film and television streaming services available these days, it’s a surprise that anyone still owns or rents DVDs. They’re not as bulky as, say, LaserDiscs, but they do take up quite a lot of room over time.

We’ve prepared a small list of the best, legitimate streaming websites for your perusal. It’s hard to figure out which one to go with, given the staggering amounts of sites that a search engine will now bring up. You’ll be Googling ‘sell DVDs’ in no time.

Hulu.com

Although currently only available to users in America and Japan, Hulu is rapidly becoming one of the most popular streaming websites around. It offers advert-supported, on-demand streaming of television shows, films, ‘webisodes’ and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from several television networks.

It displays its videos in Flash format, as well as HD, ranging from 288p to 720p. It differs from other streaming sites in that it has endeavoured to release its own original programming. It also has specific interfaces for tablet and Smartphone users.

Netflix.com

Initially a DVD rental company that delivered discs to your doorstep in a very convenient manner, Netflix expanded to include streaming, which seems to have taken off on a massive scale. It’s far, far more convenient than renting DVDs at all.

Its online library is vast, and new users are allowed a whole month for a free trial. Their software allows you to stream the films in HD straight to your PlayStation, your Xbox and your Wii or straight to your Smartphone. Some compatible televisions will allow streaming straight to your box, as opposed to through a console.

Netflix is also jumping on the bandwagon with original programming. They are about to debut a political drama helmed by acclaimed director David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey.

Anime Sols

Anime Sols has just announced its launch for next year. As a part of the new generation of streaming sites, it’s slightly different and allows for audience participation for things like supporting the production of a new show, like with Kickstarter, or funding merchandise.

The site will mostly be a streaming website for a plethora of the hundreds of anime television shows out there; the difference is that real fans will be able to support the shows they love directly, with this winning marriage of stream-portal and crowd-funding service.

If you’re a hardcore anime fan, you might be thinking ‘I should sell my stuff online’ so you can save up to support a DVD release of that old anime show that you watched when you were a kid!

Blinkbox

Blinkbox is a UK-based on-demand video streaming site, which seems to be aimed at those who have gotten used to illegal file-sharing. It has surprised viewers by offering a lot of free content, alongside the content you have to pay for.

It is also one of the first legal streaming sites that is completely hassle-free, in that you don’t require a subscription to view any of its content.

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Updated: November 29, 2012 — 8:03 pm

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