Still getting off your couch to rent a movie? Now you can easily and cheaply stream movies from the Web onto your big screen TV and be watching a movie in minutes.
Couple that with the fact that you can typically access thousands more movies than with "on demand" or at a store, and Consumer Reports says it just may be time to connect your set to the Net.
Stacy Black rents several movies a month without ever leaving her house...via the web.
Stacy Black said, "I don't' have to spend the time going into Blockbuster, looking around the aisles for a movie that I want to see. I can look online."
A nine-dollar-a-month subscription through Netflix gets her rentals in the mail, and for no extra charge, instant, on-line access to 17,000 titles, both movies and TV episodes.
Consumer Reports tester Chris Andrade says to connect your TV to an online service, you need an Internet-ready TV or a device, such as a Blu-ray player, PlayStation 3, or and X-box 360.
Andrade says, "There are other Internet-ready boxes you can buy that aren't too expensive, including ones from Roku, Apple TV, and Vudu."
Vudu offers 20,000 titles, costing between three and six dollars each...depending on whether you choose to watch a movie in standard definition, high definition, or a higher-quality format it calls HDX.
Blockbuster has also gotten into the video-on-demand game.
For two to four dollars, you can browse through about 10,000 titles-thousands more than what's available in a typical video store.
The downside is all are standard definition.
For the best picture quality, Consumer Reports says look to Vudu, whose HDX format comes closest to Blu-ray. And it also provides Dolby Digital audio output.
But now matter which service you choose, a few clicks can have you streaming movies in no time at all.
If all of this has you itching for a new Internet-ready TV, be aware many manufacturers have partnered with movie services-though not all services.
Not ready to buy a new TV? Consider a Blu-ray player with Internet capability.
Consumer Reports recommends the LGBD370 for $150.