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Apple, Google or Amazon? Where should I buy my movies?

by JuanmaLorente / April 17, 2014 12:23 PM PDT

Hi guys,
I'm kind of new in this, hope my question is not too stupid.
In a few months I will be moving to the UK and will be able to invest some money in buying TV Shows and Movies and say goodbye to illegal downloads.
There are three options that I'm interested in, Amazon, Google and Apple. Where should I buy my movies and shows?
If I start buying my movies with Amazon Instant Video I will get the Amazon Fire TV. Chromecast for Google TV and Apple TV for iTunes.
I can see that the prices of the movies and shows is kind of the same in any of these options. The hardware changes a little leaving chromecast as the cheapest option. But that price is not a big concern for me because the difference is not huge.
I would like to know which option has more future, where should I invest my money? I will not like to start buying movies and shows in amazon and then after a couple of years have to switch to something different.
I know that it is a difficult question to ask because we never know what it is going to happen in the future but at least I can find out what the majority says of choose.
Hope you guys can help me.
Thanks so much.

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Let me share.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2014 12:26 PM PDT

I use Amazon Prime and didn't bother with the others so the good part about the big gorilla is that the Kindle Fire HD we use for this is connected to the HDTV over HDMI and works great. HOWEVER I know how to change the DNS to avoid ISP DNS issues and went through 3 routers before finding one that could stand up to WiFi use like this.

OK, for me the Amazon Prime and how the movie can download to the tablet for later play means a lot less interruptions.

I only rent and am not a collector.

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'Investment' it is not
by Pepe7 / April 17, 2014 1:08 PM PDT

In reality, it is spending your disposable income on a hobby or interest.

That said, for long term collecting, I wouldn't choose any streaming/download options if Blu Ray was available. It's easy to see why/how one system could lock you into a format that you didn't want to deal with, and wouldn't let you easily switch to something else. Blu ray doesn't do this per se. It would be pure speculation as to which of the online vendors of streaming media/downloadable full length feature films will continue to offer what you require/prefer.

If you absolutely need to utilize a streaming/download service, you *could* possibly get away with buying an AppleTV and streaming Amazon Instant video using Airplay from an iOS device via their app. Appletv offers netflix too. Keep in mind with such arrangement though, things could change on a whim, and has w/ Apple with other services.

Chromecast hardware isn't particular robust, for what it's worth, so I'd probably avoid that particular device/method.

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