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    New to the Smart TV world

    Hello everybody,

    I am really new to all of this streaming business. I decided to get with the time and upgrade my TV. I recently pulled the trigger on a beautiful Samsung LCD TV. It's a F7100 model. I dropped a pretty penny on it, but I think I'll be enjoying it for a while to come. So far I am loving it. It has all sorts of options for getting streaming content to the screen. I've looked through all of them to try and see what they offer.

    I am asking if you guys who have been using this service for a while think it is worth it over getting a subscription based service. Or is this kind of like Amazon where you buy something and are able to access it whenever you like. It sounds like it is that way from the reading I've been doing. Or is this service something you use in conjunction with a subscription to get certain programs and movies? I just want to know what everyone else is doing. I heard about Vudu from the LCDTV Buying Guide site where I did my TV research. They said Vudu was one of the premium apps worth having on a Smart TV. So I made sure I got one with it. Thanks everyone.

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    Re: New to the Smart TV world

    Hi,
    Here is a quick basic rundown of your general options.
    Your main video streaming options are Netflix, Amazon, Vudu and Cinemanow.
    Netflix is a subscription based streaming service where you pay $7.99 a month and can stream whatever they have available in their catalog. Their catalog is typically slightly older movie releases and TV shows. I don't use Netflix so I am not sure of the delay for new movie releases but it I think it is about 6 months to a year if they even get it.

    Amazon has 2 options. Prime instant video for $79 a year (also includes free shipping). Similar idea to Netflix, although the catalog is not as large. You can also rent videos and TV episodes on Amazon as well as "purchase" them.

    Vudu and Cinemanow allow you to rent videos and to "purchase" videos including movies and TV shows. Prices are similar, but Vudu has better picture and sound.

    You can rent or purchase new releases on Amazon, Vudu and Cinemanow on generally the same schedule as the DVD or Blu ray release, with many movies actually available for purchase a few weeks before the DVD release.

    For a limited amount of money you will get more video with Netflix or Amazon Prime, although it won't be as current.

    Ultraviolet (UV): Ultraviolet is a digital rights locker for movies and TV shows started a few years ago by the movie studios. You can watch UV copies on Vudu or Cinemanow on TVs, tablet's and computers (and Flixster for tablets and computers). Many new Bluray and DVD releases are coming with an Ultraviolet digital copy. This copy gives you streaming access through Vudu or Cinemanow. Many purchases on Vudu or Cinemanow are also Ultraviolet meaning you can buy on Vudu and watch on Cinemanow or vice versa. Important note though not everything on Vudu is ultraviolet.

    That is the quick and dirty rundown, hope it gives you some background.
    P.S.
    1. Make sure your internet speed and router are up to the task (you may want to use an ethernet cable).
    2. You need to link your Vudu (and Cinemanow) account to your Ultraviolet account.
    3. Blu ray codes usually redeem in HDX and DVD in SD

    HDX=high definition 1080p. SD=standard definition. Most people think it is worth it to get HDX, you will have to see for yourself.

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      #3
      Re: New to the Smart TV world

      I am a Dish Network subscriber, but we do a lot of streaming also when our 150+ channels are showing nothing but crap. The services we use the most are Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu.

      Hulu is about $8 a month and is great if you like to watch a lot of television shows. Netflix also has a lot of television available for streaming. You can stream all you want with a paid subscription.

      Vudu on the other hand doesn't require a monthly fee and it's only good for streaming movies that you own or for renting a movie for a 24-hour period. We use this service primarily to convert out DVD collection to digital and to stream our movies (we currently have nearly 700 movies and television shows). We also purchase some new releases directly from Vudu instead of buying the DVD if the movie is an UltraViolet title. And we occasionally rent from Vudu, but most of our rentals still come from RedBox (who also has a new streaming service in beta). VUDU is owned by Walmart.

      Redbox Instant is now available on LG Smart TVs and is a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon. Another streaming service that is suppose to compete with Vudu in the future is M-GO, also in beta. M-GO is backed by Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation. I expect to see a couple more companies before to long. We also have Blockbuster on one TV through a Roku device, but have NEVER rented anything from them. Who knows, one day they may offer something along the lines of Amazon where members have access to free unlimited streaming to select movies and TV shows and access to rentals.

      We also have Amazon, another subscription service that allows free streaming from select content, but I have found that titles available for free streaming to subscribers is very limited and not very many good titles. Amazon also allows you to rent and buy movies. Amazon doesn't do the whole UltraViolet thing, so any UV movie you buy can only be streamed from their site and no UV titles you buy from say VUDU can be streamed for free on Amazon.

      We also have CinemaNow (no monthly subscription required) and really only use it when Vudu is not available or having buffering issues (which isn't very often) or when we come across a credit. I think CinemaNow might be having some financial issues since they are owned by Best Buy. Flixster is another service, but so far I have only seen it on the internet and apps for cell phones and other mobile devices (that doesn't mean that it's not available on some smart TVs or Blu-ray players, I just haven't seen it).

      As far as renting movies...we have found that EVERYONE charges more than we are willing to pay for a rental and it's worth driving down the street to the Redbox kiosks to rent for the savings. Plus, we get new releases on DVD from Netflix. I don't know what Redbox is going to charge for renting online through their Redbox Instant service, but if I had to guess, they too will over charge. So we pretty much try to avoid renting movies online and stick with DVD rentals.

      If you are planning on buying digital copies of movies for streaming, I suggest you stick with companies that allow you to link to an UltriViolet account (like VUDU) and only buy UV titles from them. If you decide to buy a non-UV title then it can only be streamed from the company you buy it from. The risk is that if you loose your access to that service for any reason then you loose your movie(s).

      ENJOY YOUR NEW TV!

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        #4
        Re: New to the Smart TV world

        Wow. Awesome responses guys. This is exactly what I was looking for. Glad I found this forum. There are so many options, so I am going to take some time to read through all your advice. My initial impressions make me think the subscription services are good for an immense amount of content (sounds like the best bang for the buck). So helpful. Thanks.

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          Re: New to the Smart TV world

          Originally posted by tonyb78 View Post
          Wow. Awesome responses guys. This is exactly what I was looking for. Glad I found this forum. There are so many options, so I am going to take some time to read through all your advice. My initial impressions make me think the subscription services are good for an immense amount of content (sounds like the best bang for the buck). So helpful. Thanks.
          I think the highest turnover is with Amazon Prime, plus you get free 2-day shipping and some other perks (especially for Kindle users), they rotate movies in and out quite frequently. We have basically stopped watching Netflix streaming, except for TV shows when they become available.

          My favorite is Vudu though, I can get near Blu-ray quality and add my collection to the cloud one movie at a time, as well as adding new releases I purchase. For me, the UV compatibility is key, though.

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            #6
            Re: New to the Smart TV world

            Originally posted by Speedaddict81 View Post
            I think the highest turnover is with Amazon Prime, plus you get free 2-day shipping and some other perks (especially for Kindle users), they rotate movies in and out quite frequently. We have basically stopped watching Netflix streaming, except for TV shows when they become available.

            My favorite is Vudu though, I can get near Blu-ray quality and add my collection to the cloud one movie at a time, as well as adding new releases I purchase. For me, the UV compatibility is key, though.
            I think it would be awesome if Netflix and/or Amazon joined UV.

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