This article is dedicated to the old and newly born Gen-X of the last decade, the age of Digital Cinema and technology. It was a time when computerized graphics and sound effects were completely new to people who watched movies on the big screen, and in that case, the old and very basic option was to see the movie on an old VHS player. But with the arrival of online streaming, the oldness of watching a movie on the big screen has been completely forgotten.
It is now possible to watch a movie anywhere, and anytime you want to. And with the introduction of online movie services like iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Video, and others, it's also possible to pay a few dollars and get unlimited access to movie on demand. In fact, just about every movie theater is competing for attention in the online space. But what makes it even more fun is that this is not some cable competitor wanting to sell you on its programming choices, but now many of the websites are in direct competition with each other.
Online movie services may be considered the "good, the bad and the ugly" of the online movie experience. But don't forget, they are the innovation that makes the old way of watching movies seem new again. And the good thing about them is that they really work. They tend to have features that are newer than the other services out there, and they are the types of offerings that would generally appeal to the younger crowd (the ability to skip commercial breaks, for example).
So, in my opinion, the "good, the bad and the ugly" of online movie viewing are all legitimate and can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to experience online movie viewing. But to me, one of the biggest things that sets a movie apart from another is a picture that speaks to me on a personal level.
With VHS, I remember the magic of watching a movie in a rented theater (or my friends' home videos), and I always remembered the cheap VHS tapes that didn't really matter when it came to a movie. And so when movies became online, the possibility of using the internet to download a movie to my computer at home really seemed magical.
While DVD is still the most used format for DVDs, it was never as easy to transfer my DVD's to my computer to watch my favorite movies. And I really couldn't enjoy my DVDs when they came to my computer because they didn't play well in my computer's speakers. That was my little reason for buying the first DVD players that really allowed me to enjoy my DVDs.
Online movie websites like Hulu, Xfinity TV, or even Hulu Plus offer a totally different experience, because you don't have to use a VCR or regular old DVD player. Instead, you download the movie to your computer and watch it from there. And that's what makes streaming a movie so much fun. You get to see the movie in a completely new way, even if the quality is lower than a standard DVD.
The "good, the bad and the ugly" of online movie viewing are all true, and can all be experienced when using a good online service. It's just up to you to decide what you want to see in the online movie experience.