Hollywood has long cast a wary eye on the Internet. The greatest distribution channel that ever existed, according to former MPAA chairman Jack Valenti, also happens to be the ideal channel for piracy. So it’s unlikely studio heads were happy when a new study found some 25 million Americans admiited to illegally downloading movies.
Perhaps even worse, 80% of those surveyed only use peer-to-peer file sharing sites to watch movies online, a fact that seems to substantiate Hollywood's worst fears. Just the same, Hollywood is being forced to face the Internet age. A good example is Netflix’s recent announcement that it would join a growing list of services providing movies via the web for users to watch on PCs or media center devices connected to their TVs.
The quality of your viewing experience is dependent on your Internet connection. But if you have broadband service, these sites are worth a look. Here's a roundup of the available services and what they have to offer