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Where Can I Watch Movies on the Internet?

By Sarah McDaniels Technology Expert


The embattled content streamer and DVD rental service, Netflix, has recently come under fire for making some curious decisions about how it plans to do business going forward. In response, its shares have tumbled, and much of its customer base has been left to wonder, 'can I watch movies on the Internet without having to succumb to Netflix's new rules?'

In an attempt to cope with the financial losses owed to widespread customer abandonment, Netflix recently announced plans to raise $400 million by selling stock and convertible notes to Technology Crossover Ventures and T. Rowe Price Associates. Unfortunately, this decision only caused the company's stock to drop further, and though Netflix still maintains 22 million streaming-only subscribers, a growing number of customers are starting to move to other providers that allow them to watch full length movies on the Internet.

Where can you watch movies on the Internet?

If you're frustrated with Netflix, there are plenty of alternative content streaming services available to those who know where to look. Apple iTunes, Amazon's Instant Video, Blockbuster, Hulu, Wal-Mart's Vudu, Google's Android Market, Hulu Plus and some Cable companies all allow you to watch full length movies, Internet broadcasts and syndicated television shows. Although some of these providers already have a vast selection of titles, others do not. Additionally, some of these Netflix alternatives function well on tablet devices, while others are still working out the kinks.

If you're a streaming addict, you'll probably want to test drive one or more of these services before committing to a monthly plan. Most of the previously-mentioned movie streaming companies provide trial offers, so you can watch movies on the Internet for several days without having to pay more than a few dollars upfront. If you like what you see, you can go ahead and sign up for less-restrictive premium monthly plans; if not, you can move on to the next option or just stick with your Netflix membership. After all, Netflix still has the largest library of movies available on the Internet today.

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