Admit it. You’re TV just sits there and has an old cable line coming into it. What if you could watch all your favorite YouTube videos and online movies on your TV? The TV is rapidly changing from a device that pushes information one way to a device that is interactive, with apps just like your iPhone and iPad. The question isn’t if you’re going to upgrade your TV to an internet TV, but when! Below we’ll discuss some of the most popular and highly rated internet TV devices available on the market.
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50GT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
Panasonic is one of the most trusted names in electronics and makes some of the best HDTVs on the market. This TV is one of the only fully functional 3D TVs available on the market. If you’re looking for a home theater, this HDTV will not disappoint. One thing we really like about it is the Infinite Black Panel technology which allows for super deep black hues and minimal reflection.
VIZIO XVT373SV 37-Inch Full HD 1080P LED LCD HDTV
Vizio is a much lesser known brand, but you won’t be sorry if you’re got one of these fantastic internet-ready HDTV’s in your living room! The Zivio LCD HDTV has Razor LEDTM backlighting which makes you feel like you’re in the movies. One of our favorite thing about this internet TV is it’s razor thin profile, which literally melts into the wall like a painting. When it comes to HDTVs, Vizio is a smart choice, but comes with a hefty price tag.
Samsung UN46C6500 46-Inch 120 Hz 1080p LED HDTV
The Samsung UN46C6500 provides a great mix of awesome HD graphics and internet TV. You get a huge 46 inch screen that can run tons of Samsung apps. This HDTV combines art and technology to be a beautiful piece of furniture for your home. 1080p HD resolution is amazing and blows away the low resolution you’ll find on other devices.
Let us know what you think! Which HDTV is your favorite?
A lot of Nextflix users end up having to decide between a steaming service like Netflix and a satellite service like DirecTV. It’s a big decision and could mean a difference of several hundred dollars in your wallet, so we thought we’d share our thoughts on DirecTV satellite service. We’ll cover hardware, DirecTV content, and pricing in this article. To summarize, with think DirecTV is a great service but comes at a high price point.
DirecTV Hardware: To run DirecTV you’ll need to get some hardward to install so that you can enable your satellite receiver–don’t worry it’s really easy! You’ll also need a remote and DVR receiver. Usually DirecTV will throw these in for free if you ask or sound tentative about buying equipment for your service. They will send a DirecTV maintenance guy out to install your satellite dish and set everything up.
DirecTV Content: One thing that makes DirecTV stand out is the amount of great content they have. You can get HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax. There is also a ton of content on DirecTV that is pretty awesome. You can also get a ton of sports on DirecTV like NFL Sunday, NASCAR, and ESPN Gameplan. The content on DirecTV is fantastic and is very competitive when it comes to other online movie and TV services.
DirecTV Pricing: DirecTV is definitely more expensive than other online movie or pay-per-vier services. For $29.99 a month, DirecTV can be yours, but there are different versions like DirecTV Xtra, DirecTV Ultimate, and DirecTV Premier you’re going to pay quite a bit more. Depending on what you’re looking for you may want to settle for a lower prices competitor or even hook up your existing AT&T or Comcast setup with your TV. We’d prefer DirecTV if money weren’t an issue.
What’s the bottom line? We would love to have DirecTV but unfortunately cancelled the service because it was simply too expensive. If you’re a die hard sports fanatics and watch most games, you won’t regret having exclusive channels like ESPN Gameplan. Check out our Netflix vs. Cable discussion if you’re wondering how that service stacks up!
Believe it or not, 6 out of 10 of the movies watched online are streamed through Netflix subscriptions. That’s huge! NPD Group, a market research company that monitors online behavior, found that Netflix’s share of digital movie units (industry jargon for steaming movies and downloads) rose to a whopping 61% in February. The next competitor is trailing by several years: Comcast had 8% market share in digital movie units with DirecTV, Time Warner, and Apple all lagging with 4% each. Online movies is a big business!
That said, DVDs and Blue-ray still drives the vast majority of revenue related to in-home movie watching. Watching movies online is easy these days–online movies make up one quarter of movie consumption at home.
This week was a roller coaster for Netflix shares. There was a ton of news about the competitive threat that we’ve discussed from Facebook and Warner Bros that drove down the Netflix stock price by more than 11% for the last month, outpacing the Nasdaq by a factor of 4x! This is all happening because of rumors that Time Warner will start rending movies through Netflix and comments from Goldman Sachs investment analysts that the Facebook deal with Warner Bros. will hurt them long term. Netflix revenue and net income, however, look to be holding up well.
Netflix is still very strong from a traffic generation perspective–the company generated over 30 million unique views in the last month, which exceeds the number of customers they have by 10 million. This means their marketing is likely sending a ton of traffic.
You gotta love car movies! Fast and the Furious is one of the top car movies out there so we thought we’d highlight some of the amazing powerhouse sports cars featured in the movies! Grab Fast and the Furious on Netflix if you aren’t doing anything this afternoon!
Other great cars you’ll find in the movies available on Netflix are the Acura Integra, Toyota Supra Turbo, and Volkswagen Jetta. Enjoy!