Before you run out and sign up for a new Netflix account so you can stream to your TV, there are some things you need to know. First of all you need to sign up for the $9 a month account, in which you can receive one movie at a time. Next you will need a broadband connection to stream movies and the faster the better. Finally, not all of the movie titles are available for streaming. Most movies that you can stream to your TV are older and none are new releases.

With that being said, streaming movies to your TV from Netflix is an inexpensive way to watch the older classics you may wish to view. A recent survey by  TDG,  the nation’s leading new media research consultancy, shows that about two-thirds of Netflix users that have a broadband connection are viewing movies using the ‘Watch Instantly’ feature.

In a recent article it also states that:

‘Netflix is now the archetype for over-the-top (OTT) streaming video services,” notes Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and director of research. “Not only has Netflix eclipsed its immediate competitors in terms of online DVD rental, but it has quickly become the ‘gold standard’ for new OTT streaming services.”

The implication of TDG’s research is significant: one-half of broadband-enabled ‘Watch Instantly’ users now view streaming video on their TVs, a phenomenon unimaginable just a few years ago. As Greeson points out, this speaks volumes about the maturation of streaming video technologies that, until recently, had delivered an inconsistent experience that left regular TV viewers wanting.

I use both the Netflix service as well as streaming movies to my PC and now to the TV. It is a quick and inexpensive way to pass those cold winters nights when their is nothing on the tube. For $9 a month I find the service from Netflix both inexpensive and reliable. Plus I don’t have to drive to my local video rental store to pickup and return a DVD.

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