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How to watch a movie on demand

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How to watch a movie on demand

Remember waiting for a film to come out on DVD? Or even VHS? You would have to get dressed, find your keys, fit your kids, dog, and wife in, and head on over to your local video store. After the fifteen minute drive, hitting every red light imaginable, come to find out the last copy was picked up. What a hassle!

Forget that. With technology as it is today, your favorite films can be yours at the touch of a button. You can simply microwave up some popcorn, get the family together, pick up the remote, and see the newest releases, all from the comfort of your own home.

Companies like Xfinity, DirecTV, and more, offer ways in which you can watch a movie on demand. With a few button clicks, the sound up, and the lights off, you can enjoy a night in with relatively little hassle.


To buy a film at your leisure -- using XFINITY as an example -- one would:
  • Press the On Demand button on their Comcast remote, or simply change the channel to Channel 1
  • From the menu, you can look through the various options available for films, TV, and more
  • Once you've found the right choice, simply highlight the film title and click the Ok/Select button on the remote
  • If you're not sure about your choice, you can scroll right and left through options available; one can view a preview of the film and/or select the buy icon to purchase it

Prices may vary according to whether it's a new release, still in theaters, or certain such factors. Once the film begins, the viewer can control the action by pausing, playing, stopping, fast-forwarding, or rewinding at any time.

With XFINITY, there are also options to find free ten minute previews of certain new releases; one can choose HD or standard definition films and TV programs, find trailers, and much more, as well. It's a smorgasbord of potential possibilities for the viewer.

You will have up to 48 hours to view a stopped program. In order to access saved programs, simply select Saved Programs from the On Demand Main Menu. In addition, the services aren't just meant for your living room, as subscribers may view films and TV online at no additional cost.

DirecTV Options

Many other companies offer similar services to XFINITY. With DirecTV, subscribers can even order a film by sending a text message. So, anywhere, anytime, you would text MOVIE to 223322 from your cell phone; too bad the video stores don't offer options like that. 

Like XFINITY, DirecTV offers a menu with options for new releases; you can scroll down and select a film you would like to see. It also offers some quick shortcuts with options embedded in the channel menu.

At around Channel 120, there will be film options which will allow you to scroll down and choose the one you would like to see, all direct from the menu. Once you click, the film begins -- There's no fuss. It will ask whether or not you would like to buy and once you click yes, you can sit back and enjoy the experience.

There are other companies (and sites) which offer viewers similar ways in which to instantly download and see a film or TV program. Netflix, Vudu, Blockbuster, and Amazon are just a few of the big-name options when it comes to instant viewing. With most (if not all), you will need a monthly subscription that may involve receiving DVDs by mail, as well as the option to view online instantly.

Thus, to watch a movie on demand offers an ease of use, no matter which service or company you use. In the end, entertainment will be only a click away.


DirecTV: On Demand Movies&TV.

XFINITY On Demand: XFINITY On Demand.

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