Ask the Readers: How Do You Watch Your Movies?

By Linsey Knerl on 20 April 2010 (Updated 27 April 2010) 158 comments
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20 Apr. 2010 | 2:56 PM Dory - Watch movies in any way I can get them. Now that it's summer,  I'll be heading to the movie theater more. I love going to the earliest showing to get the best price. But I am also ALL about Netflix (online and through the mail). Hulu is great too, and I'm a slave to whatever TBS or TNT movie appears on my TV over the weekend.

dprice81  I watch movies on Netflix from November until March and then cancel it. But now I have red box app for free promo codes #WBAsk

How do you watch your movies? I love my Netflix subscription, Roku player, and Amazon Unbox account. I also get a great deal of use out of sites like Fancast and Hulu. Together, I'm able to watch a large amount of free to very-cheap content without ever having to leave my home (which is big, since hiring a babysitter with 4 kids is near to impossible).

We want to know how you take in a flick. You can give as much or as little detail as you like. We want to know if you visit the dollar theaters, take advantage of PayPerView, or just wait until something comes to your local library before you enjoy it! By sharing your movie watching habits (as well as how much you think you save each month), you'll be entered to win a $20 Amazon GC.

Feel free to link to a blog post, if you're written on this topic! We'll include it in our post upon the conclusion of our giveaway!

Win a $20 Amazon gift card:

We're doing two giveaways — one for random comments, and another one for a random tweets.

How to Enter:

  1. Post your answer in the comments below, or
  2. Tweet your answer. Include both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.

If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest ends Monday, April 26th at 11:59 pm CST. Winners will be announced after April 26th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.
  • You can enter both drawings — once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting.
  • Only tweets that contain both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)

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CSims

Like the poster, I also take great advantage of Netflix Watch Instantly.  I have three devices in the house that can use that service.  On rare occasion, I will see a movie at the theater, but almost always at a matinee, and we have a dollar theater up the road as well.  Otherwise, I catch a few shows on Hulu or do without.

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Kat

Netflix rules our household - with support from Hulu.  No cable, we are broadcast TV only.  Most TV series end up on DVD these days, so we can catch things like MONK - if a bit later than most.  Works well for us!

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Jonathan

I watch most of my movies by Netflix.  We just got a streaming bluray player, which makes instant watching easier (than setting up our laptop on the TV).  We still go to the movies occassionally, but only a couple of times a year.

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Min

I mostly torrent them, but if it's one that I'm excited about and/or contains a lot of action (e.g. Avatar or Kick Ass), I'll watch them in theaters. I don't stream, partly because I don't have a Netflix subscription, partly because of the low video quality.

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Kate

I watch movies on Netflix and Hulu mainly. Occasionally I splurge on a movie in theaters if I really want to see it and am going with friends. 

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Gloria

If I really want to see the latest movie, I go to a matinee which is $4 where I live (I don't buy treats at the theater either). If it's something I can wait on, I go to Blockbuster and buy the "previously viewed" DVDs...I also use Hulu and I'm about to try Netflix too.

I probably save $100 a month this way. We don't have cable...we use "rabbit ears" lol...

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Sandra

I love Netflix Watch Instantly. There is a theater that does $2 Tuesdays, and I have been there several times - but their second-run price for other days went up from #3.75 to $5, which is hardly worth the drop in theater quality anymore.

Also, the library! The library is like a magical wonderland of DVDs I haven't seen.

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BeckyD

Netflix ROCKS in our house!  We don't have cable tv - just an antenna in the attic and a Roku streaming box.  My children aren't subjected to commercial TV and we control the quality of the shows they watch. 

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Eric

I am a combination Netflix/Hulu/Movie Theater person, but Netflix is my primary entertainment platform.  I have a Roku in my bedroom and an XBox 360 with Netflix streaming in my living room.  I do one disk at a time on Netflix to take advantage of unlimited streaming.  I even considered (though have not yet) dropping cable for the Netflix/Hulu combination.  If I could stream Hulu through the Roku, I think that would close the deal.

I wrote about it at http://www.narrowbridge.net/2009/11/the-great-cable-debate/

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gt0163c

I don't watch a lot of movies, but when I do I either tend to see them in the theater (preferably a matinee) or wait until they come to DVD and borrow them from a friend.

I haven't tried watching movies on Hulu, but I do watch a lot of tv shows that way.

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Blaise Pascal

I use Netflix mostly, supplemented by short things on YouTube, Vimeo, et al.  We recently got Netflix Watch Instantly for our Wii.

I will go to the movies for certain movies which I (a) am excited about seeing, and (b) do not feel would work well on the small screen.  But I go so rarely that I'm usually hit by sticker-shock.

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We can't get rid of cable because of our college football consumption, but at the price we've negotiated (75 dollars a month for cable internet, HD Cable, DVR Service, and HBO and Showtime), that means we usually just DVR new movies when they come out on the Premium Channels... it's in HD after all!

Oh, and we probably see about 20 movies a year in theaters.

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My gf and i usually will watch a movie once a week, maybe up to 3 movies though!  How do we get them?  Well, it's usually by hulu or downloading them in some fashion.  We aren't subscribed to netflix, and hardly ever pull out the dvd's we watch.... Oh and we only have our laptops, no cable bills for us!

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Nicholai
  1. Netflix DVDs
  2. Netflix instant watching via XBox 360
  3. Hulu via my laptop, connected to the TV using a VGA cable
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Sue

Love NetFlix and Roku....can't beat them for being able to watch what I want in my jammies.

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mmmiller

I usually get my movies from the local library.  Or watch them on basic cable.

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Ken

In no particular order:  1. Local theater for recent releases, 2. Blockbuster Express rental, 3. Redbox rental, 4. Hulu, 5. AT&T U-Verse free and online rental.

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Laurent

Netflix all the way!

3 movies at a time, about $18 all in per month, you can beat that... (no fees, great website)

Cable is so overrated!

 

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Farmer808

I subscribe to basic cable because it is cheaper than an internet only subscription (Comcast is a marketing genius) and I don't even have it plugged in.  Therefor I relay almost exclusively on netflix (streaming mostly but also blue-ray) and Hulu for my content consumption.  I will go to individual content provider sites (CBS and TNT) for shows I can't get on the two aforementioned sites and if I really cannot find anything to watch for free or basicly free I will go to amazon.  I haven't gone to a movie theater in 6 months or more.  

All that said I still like a good book from time to time.

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jimbo

library/hulu/friend's man cave with 120" projection and blu-ray (:

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Ted

Redbox mainly. We have four within a 10 minute drive. Plus hulu now and again. With two little kiddos- it is right tough to watch very many movies. 

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Em D.

I usually check movies out of the library.  Second I watch my mom's Netflix picks- though that's not a very reliable source.

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Jess

We have an awesome reduced-price theater near us, I can take all five family members, get pop and popcorn for less than $25.  It's great.  We also check movies out of the library and I buy vhs movies at goodwill and other places.  vhs is really out, so they are dirt cheap now.  I've picked up the original Star Wars triology, the ken burns baseball series, my neighbor totoro and too many more to list.

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Kristy

We either rent from redbox or watch them on hulu for free.

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Melissa T-G

I DVR good movies from DishTV to watch later.

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Guest

We are huge Netflix fans (both the DVD's and the streaming from blu ray) and recently finished our basement and made it our own "home theater" - beats the movie theater any day of the week!

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Charity

Netflix through the mail; Netflix watch instantly; and Hulu!

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Randi

I use netflix and love it

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Tim

Netfilx streaming for the spur of the moment watches, netflix mail for planned viewing.  Movie theatre for date nights!  less is more.

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For those few must-see movies (Twilight, Harry Potter) we go to a matinee at an independent local theater that has cheaper prices and we fell good about supporting the local community.  We also have a Netflix subscription that we use almost exclusively for the streaming video on our game consoles.  On rare occasions (power outages) when we miss an episode of a favorite current series I have been known to buy the episode from iTunes.

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Tricia C

I subscribe to Netflix and take advantage of their instant watching as well.  I do all my watching on my MAC as there is no television in the house.

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We use Netflix to get movies sent to us and to stream instantly from our Xbox 360. We use Hulu for TV shows, and sometimes rent movies with Redbox, too. We don't even have Cable and haven't for 8 months!

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Jblank

We use the Library and Hulu.  I heard that there is a free site for documentaries but I haven't researched it yet.

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Shea

Most of my movie watching is done via internet and some through tv. Rarely do we ever go to the movies, it's just too danged expensive.

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saudade

I go to the theater for any film I feel will benefit from the big screen treatment, but I still utilize the video store, the library, and online resources the most. 

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KIM

We rarely make it through an entire movie (short attention spans?), thus we don't subscribe to Netflix. We'll head to the theater about twice a year (& recoil from sticker shock for 6 months!); occasionally I'll check out a classic or tv series from the library, and we watch about 3 per year on PPV. I couldn't even tell you where a bricks and mortar video store are near me, though there's a Redbox at the grocery store & &-11 both a mile away.

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bbee

netflix and pbs

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Jobi

We use Redbox almost every weekend. We are fortunate to live near a grocery store that has redbox inside it. For only $1 + tax we not only enjoy the movie, we also save a ton by not paying for a subscription or going to the movies. Plus we can pause the dvd whenever we want without having to worry about missing any parts of it. I simply love Redbox. If the kids really want to watch a movie we have a local theater that plays movies for $2 on Tuesdays & Thursdays so we can get out of the house on a weekday and enjoy a flick for less than $10.

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Chris

Mostly Netflix (old school Blu-Ray through the mail) but occasionally either Blockbuster streaming or Netflix Watch Instantly.  The Netflix streaming still doesn't have enough new releases for me and the quality isn't as good as a Blu-Ray.

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Kate

Just started using Netflix last month, and I love it!

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Gwen Fogel

I combine a number of cheap options: I have a $10 account with Netflix and watch movies on disc and on the streaming available through my Wii. I also watch TV shows on Hulu.com. Best of all I borrow from my library or from my friends. I will also get movies from Goozex and I buy TV shows in boxed sets from Costco. I have reduced my trips to the movie theater to special events (anniversary or a group outing with friends).

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Mac

Mostly just Netflix now.  They're getting better movies & tv series, and more in HD.  Love it.  Maybe every few months we actually make the trip to the movie theater.  But then we have to deal with high prices of tickets, food, and <shudder> other movie-goers.

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Tiffany

We watch Netflix. Its so much cheaper than going to the movies! I love it!

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Kat

I watch the majority of my movies with Netflix (through "Watch Instantly") or if they happen to be on TV.  It is extremely rare for me to see a movie in a theater, and if I do, I try to go to matinees.

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Liz O.

I watch movies via netflix.  I purchased the appropriate wires to hook my computer to my TV so I can watch the netflix instant movies on my TV since I don't have a ps3 or similar instant viewer.  I can also watch HULU the same way.  We don't have cable/dish so this is helpful if I want to watch shows that aren't on the local channels.  If we do go to the theater (which is rare now that we have a baby) we go to a matinee.

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Eris

I try to get most at my at-home movies from the library. Sometimes if I forget or the selection is bad, I will rent from a brick and mortar store.

New movies I really want to see I will pay full price for at the theater.  

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rahime

Another Netflix user here too.  I get 1 disc at a time unlimited and also take advantage of the movies which can be viewed instantly.  My parents still oftentimes give hubby and I a pair or two of movie tickets for christmas, so we'll go to the theater about once a year.  

I don't have cable or satellite tv, but do watch broadcast tv shows on the occasions when they air at times that work with my schedule, but usually catch them later on either Hulu or the network's website.

I don't find we have a lot of time for movies and tv though, and will often go three weeks with our current netflix pick waiting to be watched, so I don't think netflix is a very economical option for us...it's more of a convenience than anything.  

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blossomteacher

Exactly like the OP...netflix & hulu.  We canceled cable in january, after having had it for one year.  During that year, our DVR showed us exactly how limited our viewing habits were...so out the window it went again!

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Tommy

I use the NetFlix feature on my XBOX to watch most older movies. The beauty of it is that I can use my technology-challenged mother in law's NetFlix account for the streaming movies. She only rents the DVDs. Sweet combo.

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ryan

library, we have one of the top three in the country.

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Stephanie

We subscribe to Netflix and also use their instant queue for a lot of our movies.  We also like Hulu for movies.  Much prefer staying home for movies rather than theatres because of the expense of the movie plus the babysitter.

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Sherry Beth

We are big Netflix fans, be it on DVD or internet.  I have yet to spend the money to get the thing that will play the movies on my TV.  We do have a cheap theater we also patronize.  I took the kids to a movie at the "real" theater over Christmas and was appalled at the cost.

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Jenna

Comcast onDemand, or Netflix. I'm more of a TV person though

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Gin

For movies, Netflix--I love the Watch Instantly feature.  I also use Hulu and our local library.  A month of Netflix is $40.55 less expensive than tickets for my family of 5 for ONE movie in the theatre (and that's not counting the $11 for popcorn and sodas!).  That's an easy savings of $486.60 per year. :)

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Adr

I do not watch many movies, but when I do I prefer to see them in a theatre with an audience. Otherwise, I usually get it in the mail through Blockbuster or the library.

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r_rambles

I used to watch movies in theaters all the time. I'd buy the discounted $6 tickets from my school or go to the $6 AMC matinees. Recently, however, movies have gotten so expensive and I've had so little time that Netflix has become my main source for movie-watching. I love the instant play even more than the DVDs I get in the mail, which may be indicative of how much time I spend on my computer. I also spend a lot of time on hulu, though I watch more tv shows than movies on it. I still visit the theater once in a while, either because I really want to see the movie or because I'm going with a group of friends.

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GuestErin

The only tv we watch is in the form of Hulu.com.  But for movies, we use the following, in order of frequency:

Redbox (pick them up when we do the grocery shopping on the weekends)

Hastings (non-new releases at $1/week)

Movie Theater (very rare)

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Linsey

We are also a cable-free house (6 months and counting- much easier to give up than I ever imagined!) We use Netflix watch instantly and Hulu. I also take advantage of the great movies at the library!

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Brigid

I used to subscribe to Netflix, but I found that the discs would sit on the TV table for a long time.  I really like the whole movie theater experience, but being unemployed, movie theater prices aren't in my budget.

Occasionally, the city I live in will do an outdoor movie night at the town pavilion.  Lots of fun because it's always some cool old movie.  May not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love them - especially the 1950's sci-fi or monster B-flick (like the ones that made MST3K famous).  My favorite thing of all time are drive-in movie theaters which are hard to come by.  I think it's high time for a revival! 

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Richelle Shackford

I have a family of 5, so going out to the movies is a big treat! We like to save that day for like a big blockbuster!! So we usually wait until the movies come out on DVD. Which doesnt take too long now-a-days. We just get them at the local store because it is cheaper than renting them on Satellite. Two movies for $4.00, rather than $6.99 per movie!

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Laurel

Mostly Netflix.  We are becoming more impresed with them as we see their CEO taking more leadership in inovative educational ideas.  (sorry, they just announced acquisition of Dreambox today).  An occassional theatre for something big like Avatar, of course, downloads are becoming a larger part of our viewing.

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Amber

I just started a Netflix subscription.  We used to have one and I got frustrated that my husband never wanted to put anything on the list or watch anything that came from my picks.  It was only after I came to the (correct) conclusion that he just doesn't really like watching movies that I made it okay to get Netflix only for me that it made sense.  Now it's not a fight - I watch my movie and he does whatever he wants.  We stream a movie we'll both enjoy if he's in the mood.

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netflix

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Traci

Hulu and other online free sites or Redbox. If the movie industry is depending on me, it is in very big trouble.

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Adam

Redbox is most common. For the older movies we often use iTunes.

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K7

I watch Netflix online and will be getting Netflix for Wii

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Gail Luther

I get some movies from NetFlix.  Lately, we've been watching NetFlix through our Wii.  I also occasionally get stuff from iTunes.

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doughie54

My family uses the library almost exclusively.  We don't watch a ton of movies, so there are always a lot of good ones at the library that we haven't seen.  And you can't beat the price!

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Leigh

I get most of my movies from Netflix (by mail and online), but I also get some from the library and watch some on Hulu. I see now that Blockbuster is going to offer downloads on demand so I may check that out.  Sometimes I go to the theater, but the cost is getting out of hand.

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Dory

I watch movies in any way I can get them. Now that it's summer,  I'll be heading to the movie theater more. I love going to the earliest showing to get the best price. But I am also ALL about Netflix (online and through the mail). Hulu is great too, and I'm a slave to whatever TBS or TNT movie appears on my TV over the weekend.

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Olivia

Netflix!! I was hesitant to sign up at first but with 2 movies (one for the parents and one for the children) in rotation we are saving a ton of money! With the addition of instant movies, the deal is simply perfect for our family!

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shar

usually borrow from the library for free, occasionally do redbox..

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LEMERSON

Household sans cable; Netflix's instant streaming through the Wii now dominates . . . the combo pack of Netlix, Hulu and other streaming sites cover all the bases.

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Veronica

I use Hulu and Fancast almost exclusively.  We probably save at least $150/month when comparing to cable TV.  We also have a projector, so it's like the theatre in our living room!

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Audrey H.

I rent them from our library, we have to wait if it's a popular movie but at $1 for 7 days it's so frugal.  If it's a movie we want to see in the theater we (it has to be quite spectacular) we see the matinee showings to save a little bit also.

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Dennis

I had Netflix but when the weather gets nice I at least try to do more things outside and watch less movies so I use Netflix from November until March and then cancel it for the warm months.  I also discovered an app in the apple app store that has red box promo codes for free movies and I noticed a red box thingie placed at the gas station that I frequent the most. 

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Therese

We either DVR them from the TV, or we rent them from redbox.

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Kayla K

Love, love, love Netflix, especially instant queue!  Sometimes I treat myself to movies at the theater... where I can buy admission for $1.  I am a bit stingy on my entertainment budget, but never bored!

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Katrina

I watch movies with my boyfriend over Netflix and Skype...it has turned into a regular weekend night with my boyfriend who lives 500 miles away. Neither of us have cable and since we stay in weekends to watch the movies, I guess we probably save nearly $200 a month!

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Bucky

Haven't been to a movie theater in ages. Netflix. Love the streaming video and the mail delivery for the rest.

Hulu is great for television shows.

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Paul

Oh nice question!

Definitely Netflix WITH a Roku so I can stream movies when ever and where ever I want.  If you haven't picked up the $70 device that connects streaming video to your TV, you're missing out!

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Kristin

I mostly watch movies from Netflix.

I switched to Netflix from BlockBuster Online about a year ago when I realized that Netflix had more of the movies that I like to watch, ships them to me faster, and actually has a better price now than BlockBuster:  $5.99 for 2 discs plus 2 hours of streaming on Netflix vs. $4.99 for two discs from BlockBuster. 

The last movie  I saw in the theater was "Avatar" (first run theater, matinee with my sister), and before that was "Up" (second run theater, matinee with my two nieces -- I bought the tickets, they bought their own snacks).  :)

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Adam

Netflix and Hulu mainly, with the occasional other online movie. With friends, I will sometime go ahead and drop about $6 for a matinee but those are rare, I don't go see movies that often in theaters. When I visit my parents, they enjoy using their PayPerView on the cable box, but I don't have that service and probably wouldn't use it if I did.  

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Carolyn

1 (Library)

2 (Dollar Shows)

3 (HBO and cable channels)

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Eri

I don't watch movies very often, but when I want to I mostly borrow DVDs from libraries.

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Ernest S.

Netflix instant stream and DVD has worked great for me.  I'm even able to view the instant stream through my Tivo (which is connected to an over-the-air HD antenna).

I have been thinking of putting together a Boxee system from an old computer.  I think it might be a great way for me to watch extra online content and share them with my friends and family (who are also using Boxee).

It's amazing how much we are able to save with Netflix and the OTA antenna.  There are times when we still choose to see movies at the theater, but our set-up has definitely kept us fully entertained.

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Tim

We watch movies via Netflix streaming & DVD.  We also go to the theater, but only when we find free tickets on GOFOBO.com

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Tova

I generally use streaming sites that are avaliable internationally, like Youku and YouTube, to watch movies in parts. I would love to use hulu and netflix if they were available here.

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I do Netflix one movie at a time, Watch Instantly (thanks to the Wii), the Five Buck Club (which shows movies for $5 after their initial two week run), and then there is a local theater that does more artsy/small movies.

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I buy DVDs for $2 at a local used DVD place.  I watch them as many times as I want, and sell them back to the sell place a buck.

A $1 rental, no shipping, no late fees no nothing

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Mary Ann

I patiently wait to get it from the library. 

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Olivia

My mom subscribed to a movie club. Because she was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's she went a bit overboard. We "inherited" a ton of classics. Our local library has a good selection, and there's a flea market not far from us that sells movies for 50 cents to a buck apiece.  If we want to see something current we have a cheapie theatre in town, just a few blocks away. All our movie needs are met pretty frugally.

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Eric

I'm a big watcher of Netflix instantly, through my Xbox 360.  We also get DVDs through Netflix.  Otherwise, we occasionally check out movies through the library, and do go to the theatre -- mostly on Tuesday nights, when they do a six dollar ticket. 

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Jamie

We were big Netflix fans (eliminated those nasty late fees when we kept the movies for weeks on end) until I realized that we were...uh...keeping the movies for weeks on end AND no one seemed to care that we didn't have a new movie in the house.  Do we really need a subscription service?  But I didn't want to go back to the retail outlet because one late movie adds up fast (more than a month's subscription at Netflix).  Then I finally tried Redbox.  Love it!  For the few times we want to watch a movie, I usually have a promotional code for a free moving and because they can be returned to ANY Redbox and there are 7 relatively close to our house, I can pretty much be assured that I'll get it back the next day (someone is usually going somewhere that takes them close to a Redbox site).  Zero is better than $5.99 a month! 

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Mariel

I like using Directtv, or sometimes the internet

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Stephanie

We've got Netflix, which we use for both DVDs and Watch Instantly. We also catch a few shows on Hulu and sometimes go to the theater when there's a super hero/comic book movie-my hubby is a big nerd :)

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Sheila

We use Netflix and love it.  We also have an Xbox that is great for the Instant Movies on Netflix.  But our favorite way to watch a movie is at a drive-in.  We have 2 nearby and the price at one is $4 per person.  The other one is $8 for a carload.  Great way to spend a summer evening.

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Martin

We have a subscription with Netflix, so we receive movies in the mail and also stream them in on the computer via "Watch Instantly". We make it a point to catch matinee movies or visit dollar theaters whenever possible to avoid paying full price for tickets. We don't buy movies very often, but will instead re-rent if we want to view again. This all saves us a bundle.

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Well, I use an antenna for free HDTV. I record this TV with an HDHomerun two tuner recorder and a 4 year old PC with a large hard drive, and watch it with my Xbox 360. I also use Netflix with that same Xbox 360 for streaming. I watch "cable-only" series, with Netflix, and rent 1.00 new movies at Redbox. The quality of the DVD's are better than watching them on TV anyway. Plus many TV shows have "extra" content on the DVD's that were not on TV. No commercials, cheaper, and I don't have to wait one or two weeks to find out what happens in a story. I have over 200 hours of free TV recorded and ready to be watched at this moment, but it's difficult to keep up with watching everything as it is. I do have cable, but only because when I called them five months ago they said they would drop my bill to $4.36 a month for a year! Well, I said OK seeing that my bill was $55.00 a month before. I only kept it because my new TV is QAM, and I can watch most cable channels in HDTV for $4.36 a month. I can record those also, but I already have the HD programs I like setup with the antenna. Another thing is that the Windows7 Media Center recorder is a newer technology with higher quality than some set top boxes that cost over $400.00.

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thatmikeguy

Lets try that again..

Well, I use an antenna for free HDTV. I record this TV with an HDHomerun two tuner recorder and a 4 year old PC with a large hard drive, and watch it with my Xbox 360. I also use Netflix with that same Xbox 360 for streaming. I watch "cable-only" series, with Netflix, and rent 1.00 new movies at Redbox. The quality of the DVD's are better than watching them on TV anyway. Plus many TV shows have "extra" content on the DVD's that were not on TV. No commercials, cheaper, and I don't have to wait one or two weeks to find out what happens in a story. I have over 200 hours of free TV recorded and ready to be watched at this moment, but it's difficult to keep up with watching everything as it is. I do have cable, but only because when I called them five months ago they said they would drop my bill to $4.36 a month for a year! Well, I said OK seeing that my bill was $55.00 a month before. I only kept it because my new TV is QAM, and I can watch most cable channels in HDTV for $4.36 a month. I can record those also, but I already have the HD programs I like setup with the antenna. Another thing is that the Windows7 Media Center recorder is a newer technology with higher quality than some set top boxes that cost over $400.00.