Technology

9 Places to Get TV and Movies Online

Cut your cable cord and save money by getting quality screen time online.

The services below allow you to watch video content free, subscribe to a monthly service, or rent or buy movies or individual episodes of TV shows. For video that you can rent or buy a la carte, you may find lower prices than those listed here for older or less popular selections.

You'll need a speedy broadband Internet connection to stream video without hiccups. Netflix, for instance, recommends a minimum download speed of 1.5 megabits per second to stream its content and at least 5.0 Mbps for HD-quality streaming. You can test the speed of your Internet connection.

Hulu

Free for basic service; $8 a month for Hulu Plus

Crackle

Free

Netflix

$8 a month for unlimited online streaming; $8 a month to receive unlimited DVDs by mail (one at a time)

Amazon Instant Video

Rent popular and new movie releases starting at $4 or buy them starting at $10; buy recent TV episodes for $2 ($3 for HD)

iTunes

Rent popular and new movie releases starting at $4 or buy them starting at $10; buy recent TV episodes for $2 ($3 for HD)

Redbox Instant by Verizon

$8 a month to stream movies online and receive four monthly credits for DVD rentals from Redbox kiosks (where you'll find new movie releases)

Vudu

$5 or more to rent new movie releases; purchase new movies starting at about $10; rent recent TV episodes for $2 ($3 for HD)

Blockbuster On Demand

Rent new and popular movies that you can stream to compatible devices starting at $4 ($5 or more for HD)

CinemaNow

Rent new movie releases starting at $4 or buy them starting at $10; buy recent TV episodes starting at $2 ($3 for HD)

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