Cable On Demand
Cable offers VOD programming (same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives) for rent, usually for 24- or 48-hour periods at prices from about $2.99 for older titles to $9.99 for new or exclusive releases. Since cable offers a direct connection from your cable provider, its VOD offerings are usually less prone to outside interference and can be streamed with surround sound and 3D when available.
Years of longing looks and pregnant pauses come to a close in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1 as the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is finally resolved when Bella and Edward wed. The cinematic wedding and honeymoon of the year turns dark when Bella's unnatural pregnancy threatens her life and the delicate pact between the vampires and wolf pack starts to unravel in this first part of the final Twilight movie.
Johnny Depp channels Hunter S. Thompson again in the film adaptation of the author's The Rum Diary, which co-stars Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard. The intoxicating drama was available last week on several other streaming services but is now available on cable On Demand the same day as DVD and Blu-ray.
In The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence, a mentally disturbed parking lot attendant (Laurence R. Harvey) fetishizes the original movie and fantasizes about sewing 12 people together mouth to anus in this extremely graphic horror sequel that is strictly for unrepentant sickos. You know who you are.
Michael Shannon plays a father having apocalyptic visions that tries to protect his Ohio family from the gathering storm—or perhaps himself—in the indie drama Take Shelter.
Fans still in shock over Whitney Houston's sudden death might want to console themselves with Mama I Want to Sing, an inspirational drama based on an off-Broadway play about a preacher's daughter (Ciara Harris) who sings in the choir and rises to international fame after she is discovered by an established musician.
These four services stream movies to your TV via computer, Blu-ray player, game console or other compatible connected device. Like cable VOD, they offer new titles for rent from about $3.99 to $6.99, but, unlike cable, they also offer the option of downloading the movie to own from about $14.99 to $19.99. Usually movies presented in HD cost a bit more than streaming a SD version.
Last week you could only download to own The Rum Diary on all four services, but now you can also rent it on all four services. As for the other four movies listed above that are available on cable On Demand, you can download or rent all of them on Amazon and iTunes. Vudu and Blockbuster offer all of them except The Human Centipede 2.
Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent in Johnny English Reborn, an action-comedy in which Atkinson must stop a group of international assassins before they off a Chinese leader and cause global pandemonium. The sequel isn't available on disc until February 28, but you can download to own it—not rent—right now on all four services.
The Way stars Martin Sheen as a father who travels to France to collect the remains of his adult son who was killed walking the Way of Saint James. Instead of returning home, Sheen decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage and honor his son's desire to finish the journey. This inspirational drama isn't available on disc until February 21, but you can stream it right now on all listed services except Blockbuster.
Feeling frisky and frugal this Valentine's Day? Today's 99-Cent Movie of the Day on Vudu is Sabrina, starring Harrison Ford as a business tycoon who thinks he has no room for romance in his appointment book.
Netflix's all-you-can-stream buffet costs $7.99 per month and gives instant access to thousands of movies and television shows via a computer, Blu-ray player, game console or other compatible device. Don't depend on Netflix streaming for same-day-as-disc releases, however. Instead, Netflix offers catalog titles, vintage movies, indie flicks and TV episodes with unlimited access for one monthly price.
A troubled young woman (Amber Heard) is sent to a mental institution where she is haunted by the ghosts of her past as well as those of the hospital's in The Ward, John Carpenter's first feature-length movie in nearly a decade that is now available for streaming.
Say hello to Al Pacino and his "lil' friend" as well as Michelle Pfeiffer's killer bangs in Brian De Palma's 1983 gangster classic Scarface, which is now available stream as often as you like.
It's kind of jarring to think of Boogie Nights's Rollergirl, Heather Graham, in a wholesome family flick like Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, but here she is playing the always-up-for-fun aunt of the capricious titular third grader.
Last week we broke the sad news to you that Netflix movies aren't available to Watch Instantly forever, which is kind of like a restaurant yanking your favorite topping from the sundae bar. If you have any desire to stream the latest Star Trek movie, Speed 2, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Motorcycle Diaries, Charade, Criminal, Suck or Dorian Gray (2009) then you'd better hurry—all of them expire from Netflix Watch Instantly this week.