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Netflix is shifting its focus somewhat from movies to original content like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black”. Some folks are concerned about the shrinking catalog of movies necessary to pay for quality original content. Unlimited streamed programming starts at $7.99 per month for SD quality and $9.99 or HD, and it works on a wide variety of devices including your computer, Roku, and Apple TV, as well as the PS3, Wii, and XBox game consoles. Some DVD players and TVs can also stream Netflix. You can try it free for a month to see if it’s right for you. Hulu: Good for TV Shows, Some Movies

Hulu (the regular non-live TV version) is a subscription plan featuring a catalog of TV shows and some movies for $7.99 per month with limited commercials and $11.99 per month with no commercials. Hulu does have some movies, but the selection is not as large as Netflix’s. Many of the TV shows are on free broadcast TV, but if you don’t have reception, or if you like to watch these shows at any time of your choosing, Hulu could be good for you. They also have some originals like “The Handmade’s Tale” (which I personally enjoyed). They have a one-month free trial so there’s nothing to lose to try it.

Amazon Prime is a subscription service that is well worth mentioning. For $99 per year (or $8.99/month without the free shipping and other benefits), you get access to thousands of movies and TV shows on Amazon. Now, these are going to be some of the older movies and shows, but the selection is not bad. As a bonus, you get free two-day shipping when you buy stuff on Amazon, and you get to borrow one free Kindle book per month.

Let’s not forget full episodes available free on the major network websites. Be careful to distinguish between “full episodes” and “clips”. Also, more and more sites are requiring “cable TV login”, which means you have to have cable TV to view some of the shows unfortunately. But, there are still a good number of current shows availble for free on the networks’ sites (I usually watch the Big Bang Theory that way).

I personally watch a lot of video content on YouTube. It’s a great source of free older TV shows, concerts, comedy shows, and other content. For example, I was able to watch a good number of some older full episodes from the Discovery Channel just by searching YouTube. All of the episodes of the vintage sci fi series, “Space:1999” is on YouTube. You never know what you will find. You can watch it on your TV using Apple TV, most modern Roku devices, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV. For more hints on what to find on YouTube, check out this article. I highly recommend YouTube as a source for totally free video! Crackle

Crackle is a source for free (and legal) Hollywood movies and TV shows. The selection is mostly older stuff, more more modern B and C-level stuff, but there are some gems in there. You can watch on your computer from the website, or on your TV; all of the major set-top boxes have a Crackle app built-in. Check it out! Vudu Movies On Us

Vudu, formerly a video-rental-only service, now offers a selection of free movies! Navigate to the “Movies on Us” section to find a bunch of movies that are “free with ads”. Okay, these aren’t recent releases, but you might be able to find an oldie that you like. Yahoo View