Movie night at home is getting cheaper. Redbox (www.redbox.com) offers rentals through its vending machines at some 8,000 locations across the country, often at supermarkets and other stores, for as little as $1. Membership for Netflix (www.netflix.com) costs as little as $5 a month to view thousands of DVDs—movies and TV series—with free shipping to and from your home, or via your computer.
And here’s something that costs nothing, zip, nada. At easy-to-navigate website Hulu (www.hulu.com), you can view more than 165 movies and some 300 TV shows online from NBC Universal, Fox and cable channels that show such TV classics as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Fantasy Island.
Still not enough for you die-hard watchaholics? Check out the other network websites. ABC and CBS also offer full-length episodes of their shows. Depending on your computer, you may be able to use a “TV-out” cable to connect it directly to a TV set for “big-screen” viewing. For more information, visit www.svideo.com/compaq1700.html.
Sid Kirchheimer is the author of Scam-Proof Your Life (AARP Books/Sterling).