You may have noticed that the movie industry is all over the place at the moment and the market sees no signs of settling down just yet.
Underlying all the legitimate competition is the seemingly ubiquitous world of the illegal download which has really put a spanner in the works. Finding some way around this problem by the film industry seems inevitable – though it’s difficult to see what that will be exactly.
But for the majority of law-abiding citizens among us who love our movies – the way in which we access them for home viewing can be a rather confusing one.
So what is the best way to get your movies?
Well, the first thing to realise is that it needn’t be just about the movies. Your desire to watch all the latest releases can be restricted to films-only by the big competing providers such as Love Film and the big new American kid on the block, Netflix. But if you’re prepared to broaden your horizons a little and think about other areas of your life such as broadband and phone calls, then the best way to watch your movies may well be as part of a bundle.
Various companies including Sky, BT, and Virgin offer their customers media bundles of varying types which may or may not include movies depending on the specific bundle you select. These can be great deals for movie lovers; after all, we all need broadband and phone services, so the ability to get movies into the bargain can be a bit of a no-brainer when the price is right. What’s more, the competitiveness of the industry means there are continually new and better deals available so it’s always worth keeping an eye on.
Some of the broadband packages available in Ireland and in the UK are incredibly good value for those of us looking for films as well. If you love sport, then the deal gets better still as there obvious economies of scale to be made. This really does seem like it’s one area of life where it does pay to put all your eggs in one basket. Of course, you always run the risk of the deals improving further still once you’re tied in, so getting a deal you’re happy to live with for a year or two in the first place is vital.
Whatever way you look at it, movie-lovers looking to cut their costs can certainly benefit from bundle deals. Most multimedia all-in-one providers have interesting welcome deals to encourage you to sign up, such as the offer of free broadband for X months, or free phone calls to UK or Eire numbers etc.
The options within the deals depend on what elements of media are most important for you. Movie lovers wishing to watch the latest movies by subscription in high definition, for example, may still be able to benefit from a superfast broadband connection as this doubles the way in which they may choose to watch films.
Perhaps one of the best things about the bundle deal is its simplicity. Dealing with just one provider and receiving one bill etc., can have huge advantages in terms of the time this saves you and the overall administrative hassle. It’s also easier when it comes to renewal time to be able to compare like with like.
Finding the right deal can be a confusing task, so it’s always worth checking out one of the online comparison websites to compare what different providers are offering and to slant things firmly in the direction of movie choices if that’s your thing.
One thing worth bearing mind is that increasingly, movie lovers are looking to be able to download movies onto their iPads, Android phones or other mobile devices. If you aren’t quite there yet but you’re looking to set up some kind of film-watching deal, then it’s worth considering that this is the way things are heading.
So even if you aren’t in a position to do this just yet, the likelihood is that you will be soon – so make sure the deal you make enables you to do this.