Going to the movies is one of the most popular ways to relax and have fun during weekends. But ticket prices aren’t as affordable as they were many years ago. Plus, popcorn and drinks aren’t exactly cheap. Luckily for you, there are several ways to catch your favorite films without leaving home.
This media-services provider has been around for more than 20 years, but it’s only at the start of 2010 that Netflix took off. One could attribute their surge in popularity to both improvements in internet connection and the demand for online content, especially with people ditching pricey cable services.
As of 2018, Netflix had already amassed almost 150 million subscribers around the world. Their monthly plans start at around $10, which means that the service receives billions of dollars each year. With this amount of money, they can invest in a ton of movies and produce their own.
Some of the movies you can watch in Netflix include Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Alex Garland’s Annihilation, and Bong Joon-ho’s Okja. The streaming service has a good mix of blockbuster and independent flicks to satisfy film enthusiasts of varying preferences. Plus, you can download the movies for offline viewing.
In the US, the closest competitor of Netflix is none other than Hulu. While it’s not yet available in other countries, Hulu serves as a great alternative to cable services. You can also find a VPN that works with Hulu if you want to access it from a geo-restricted country.
You can pay an extra cost to subscribe to live TV channels and on-demand content. The plan starts at $7.99 and the choices are fantastic. Movies such as Space Jam, Arrival, Silence, and even the Japanese animated classic Akira are available on Hulu. However, remember that they won’t always be around. Hulu and Netflix pay to keep the movies, so some are ditched for other titles.
This one isn’t as popular as the first two streaming services, but it’s getting traction for its ad-free interface. You can get Kanopy on Android, iOS, Roku, and even on Amazon Fire. Plus, Kanopy works with public libraries and educational institutions around the world to deliver films worth seeing.
If you have kids, you can browse their Kanopy Kids section to find movies that will help children grow for the better. But perhaps the best thing about Kanopy is that it’s a free service. Just present your library membership to access a wide selection of independent, classic, and global movies.
You should not stop going to the cinemas to watch movies, but there’s also nothing wrong with watching movies online. It’s a more practical option that introduces more people to the world of film.