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Netflix Alternatives For Ubuntu Linux Users

There is that possibility of having to wait up to 12 more months for a Netflix on Ubuntu solution, so I thought I would scout out other options. Here goes...

#1 - AMAZON PRIME
With Amazon Prime you will pay from $1.99 or more to watch a movie online. Ive tested this out on Ubuntu and it works nicely. If I had time, this is what I would use to rent movies online.

#2 - HULU / HULU PLUS
Hulu works pretty good on Ubuntu, they even have a DEB package to install. Hulu is free for a bunch of content, but Hulu Plus costs $7.99 per month if you want to access archived shows, and some of the fresh new content.

#3 - CRACKLE.COM
Lots of movies & tv shows here. Not the best, but there are some gems in the rough.

#4 - YOUTUBE
Yes, there are movies and tv shows on youtube. Sometimes it can be annoying when a movie or show is broken up into 20 parts, but what do you want for free?

#5 - PESKY STREAMING MOVIE WEBSITES WITH QUESTIONABLE ADS
Im not going to name websites, but you may know of the streaming movie websites with questionable ads, multiple pop up ads, nekkid photos, etc. There are several of these types of websites that make it easy to watch streaming movies, many of them still in the theaters. You can usually find the latest online streaming movie sites by doing a google search on "watch movies online" or something to that effect. I'll probably go to hell for posting this idea :) But... its an option, especially if you want to watch Green Lantern in Spanish with Russian subtitles.

#6 - VODO.NET
Independent movies and short films here. Worth a look since its free.

Other options that dont yet work on Ubuntu...

VUDU.COM
They have a Boxee app, but it doesnt work in Ubuntu. Their movies look pricey at $4 to $5 each for a 24 hour online rental. Vudu is owned by Walmart. Walmart is known for doing things cheaper, so keep an eye on them.

CINEMANOW
I didnt bother testing as their movies state "plays on Windows computers as a download". if you have any experience or further knowledge of CinemaNow on Ubuntu, please post a comment. CinemaNow is run by Roxio & Best Buy.


BLOCKBUSTER
Also has online on demand movies. Again looks pricey and wont work in Ubuntu. Looks like a decent selection of movies for online daily rental or for downloadable purchase.

Here are two MORE options that definitely dont work on Ubuntu!

REDBOX
If you have Redbox near you, this is an easy cure for Netflix. $1 rentals for a 24 hour period.  DVDs are your only option with no online streaming yet. There are plans for online streaming and whether or not it would work in Ubuntu is anyones guess right now. Redbox is owned by McDonalds.

THE LIBRARY
Yes, the library. Get yourself a free library card and start renting those how-to magic trick DVD tutorials. In no time you will forget all about Netflix.
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11 comments:

  1. http://www.startrek.com

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  2. Anonymous2:27 PM

    It really is too bad that Blockbuster doesn’t work with Ubuntu because they have restructured their prices and are cheaper now then a lot of companies out there including Netflix. They are actually offering Netflix customers a 30 day free trial. And through my employer DISH Network you can get it free for 3 months. If anyone out there is at all interested and has DISH got to this link and check it out http://bit.ly/iH7nwg . It’s a great time to start looking at alternatives.

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  3. Anonymous8:22 PM

    Vodo was a great tip. High quality films you can download rather than stream and watch later with no buffering- good for those of us with marginal bandwidth under 1 mb/s.

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  4. " especially if you want to watch Green Lantern in Spanish with Russian subtitles." LMFAO

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  5. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Tried this recently on Oneiric.
    XFinity from Comcast DEFINITELY supports video and tv viewing through Ubuntu without DRM getting in the way. Netflix is fresh out of excuses now. Talk about late to the party

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  6. Anonymous10:17 PM

    Freaking netflix should support all oses
    until then im going to
    cancel my subscription and let netflix
    know why i did it.

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  7. CAN SOMEBODY SUCK MY BALLS WHILE I POUR BATTERY ACID ON THEIR ANUS? THAT TURNS ME ON SO MUCH

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  8. Anonymous10:20 PM

    OMG I JUST CAME WHILE READING YOUR POST!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Bob - Whatever works for you man! Maybe there is an Ubuntu app just for you? PS... your website didnt work!

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  10. Anonymous1:23 PM

    incorrect statement Redbox will work on ubuntu just put the DVD in you computer :P

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  11. Anonymous11:57 PM

    Linux is a joke when it comes to HTPC and this post reinforces my view.

    I'm glad I'm using Windows, the superior platform for HTPC.

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