Forget about cable television — you can get all the entertainment you need from the Internet.
We all know about Netflix and Hulu Plus, but here are three good streaming-video sites that might be new to you.
Out-of-the-way video experiences on the Web
Streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu Plus have wonderfully large libraries of movies and television shows. But they don’t have everything. If your cinematic tastes tend toward the old or the esoteric, if a classical concert sounds like a great way to spend the night at home, or if you want live coverage of just about anything, here are services that could be right up your alley.
All three services stream video over the Internet to your PC. But getting that video to your big-screen TV might be more complicated. Only one of the three is available on some Internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Two, however, work with Roku (website), and two have their own iPad app as well.
Of course, there’s a good chance you can connect your computer to your television. I discussed this in a Feb. 2 article, “Turn that spare PC into a digital video recorder.” (Scroll down to the section, “Ways to make the PC-to-HDTV connection.”)
You’ll probably want to check these out on your computer first, in any case.
Fandor: The cinephile’s streaming paradise
I know, it’s a horrible name. But take my word for it: Fandor (website) is not intended for 14-year-old fantasy geeks. It does have a Fantasy section, but that contains little-known Japanese horror pictures, early Georges Méliès (Wikipedia info) shorts, and much more — just not the latest warriors-versus-monsters blockbuster.