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10 Video Streaming Services Worth a Look (Slideshow)

Posted: 05/16/11 05:08 PM ET

With YouTube just entering the fray by offering 3,000 more movies for rent, the Internet on-demand video market is more crowded than ever. It can be a confusing mess sometimes. That's where we come in. We went through the horrible, awful trouble of laying around in bed for a few days and watching streamed movies and television shows. It was a gargantuan effort lifting all of that take-out food to our atrophied, albeit entertained, gullets. Here is a primer on 10 of the biggest video streaming services so you can sift through the mess, relax and watch some movies.

Netflix
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Price: $7.99 a month for unlimited access to the streaming library

Content: A variety of content that is updated often from cool documentaries to entire runs of TV shows like LOST. Don’t come here looking for new blockbusters, though. The service can play content via your browser, smartphone, Roku box or any of the major video game consoles. The company also just added an Android player.

Where you find it: Netflix.com, iOS apps, Android apps running Android 2.2 or higher, Roku boxes, Apple TV, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, select networked HDTVs, select networked Blu-ray players.

Bottom line: The price can’t be beat and the content is varied although the new stuff doesn’t come as often as you’d like. Still, it’s a great place to get caught up on classic TV shows.
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