So you’re interested in using the Netflix Instant service. For the best experience, you’ll need to ensure that your Internet connection is fast enough to support streaming high quality video without a hiccup. So how fast does your Internet connection need to be? Well, it depends on how you intend to use the service.
Christmas is my favorite holiday. However, I am not someone who is ready to start decorating and celebrating in October. I want to get through Thanksgiving first, please! As usual, though, retailers are already gearing up for holiday sales. Christmas items started appearing in the big box stores before we even went trick-or-treating! Netflix is jumping on the “early-holiday-fever” train: you can choose from any (or ALL!) of 39 Christmas movies already available to stream on-demand. Additionally, there are four more coming by the end of November, each of which promise to be phenomenal in its own way.
Are you feeling like watching a movie, but don’t really want to spend any money? Thankfully, there are many options for streaming movies for free. Here are the best options.
How many times have you had multiple tabs open and suddenly been irritated by a autoplay video? You ask yourself “Which of these 20 tabs could be doing this?”. Well, once you upgrade to version 32.0.1700.72 m of Google Chrome, you will no longer have to play a guessing game on which tab is the offender.
There once was a time when Roku owners had access to an official YouTube app for their enjoyment of cat videos. Suddenly, the app was pulled and was no longer available. Some Roku users were “grandfathered” in and were able to keep their YouTube app as long as they didn’t uninstall it. Others would have to seek third-party solutions, like VideoBuzz or Plex. Well, those days are gone, as the Roku 3 now has an official YouTube app available for download again.
It’s the time of year when family and loved ones gather around the fireplace for the holidays. What? You don’t have a fireplace? Well, how about the next best thing? Netflix Instant, and Amazon Instant once again are offering “Fireplace for Your Home” on their streaming services once again this year.
If you live in the United States and plan on using Netflix, Hulu or Pandora while traveling abroad, you may be shocked to find that your entertainment options will be entirely different. If Netflix detects you are using an Internet connection from Canada, the United Kingdom or any other country, it will change your selection of movies and shows.
If you don’t want to miss out on your American favorites while holed up in a hotel, you may want to try the Media Hint plugin for Firefox and Google Chrome. Just download and install the plugin and you’re done. There’s absolutely zero configuration needed. The plugin will automatically redirect your Internet connection through proxy servers within the United States once it’s installed in your web browser. Then you can enjoy all the American Netflix Instant content you like from almost anywhere in the world.
If you’re a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” fan, you may have noticed that episodes have been vanishing from Netflix Instant lately. Currently you can only find the movie on the site. As single episodes have disappeared from Netflix, more and more of them are appearing on the Amazon Instant Prime service.
Since Amazon is sometimes a pain to search for specific items, a wonderful soul at Reddit put together an awesome list of 69 episodes available on the service. All 69 of these episodes are $0.00 for Amazon Prime members.
Most MST3K fans already know of the Club MST3K site that has a list of every single episode ever available on YouTube. The videos on that list are often not very top quality though when it comes to picture and audio clarity. So the Prime service is a very nice way to enjoy this classic series.
Watching Netflix Instant can quickly use up your monthly Internet bandwidth allocation. Fortunately, Netflix provides customers the ability to adjust the video quality so that you don’t exceed your limit. You can visit the Manage Video Quality page by selecting “Your Account”, then “Manage Video Quality”. From there, you can make the selection that works best for your Internet plan.
- Good quality (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
- Better quality (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
- Best quality (up to 1 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)
The “Best quality” setting is the only setting that is capable of providing video in HD. It’s the recommended setting if your Internet plan allows unlimited bandwidth and you have a fast connection. Though you may want to go with a lower setting if you’re worried about hogging of the bandwidth from other devices in your home. You don’t want the kids getting angry at you for watching “Bridezillas” while they are trying to stream YouTube videos.
Intel is reportedly looking to enter the cable TV arena by offering a set-top box that works over the Internet. It’s being reported as the service that will stand apart from the rest by offering per-channel subscriptions. Something that consumers have been wanting to do for a long time.
Though this story may sound exciting, I’m skeptical. Cable content providers often don’t like offering their networks on a per channel model. They like to bundle multiple channel offerings to cable providers. Because of this, Intel’s service will likely not include many of the networks people will actually want to watch.
If you happen to be interested in Intel’s device, don’t get too excited yet. The product won’t hit the market anytime soon. It’s been reported that the device is only in the beta testing phase, and an Intel spokesman has stated that they have no plans to show such a product to the public anytime soon.