Movies Streaming Devices

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I add genre to my avi movie collection?
    I have some media streaming devices that allow me to search my computer's movie database by genre. The problem is, all of my movies "stored in avi format" have no genre associated with them. I've open Windows Media Player and all of the movies are there. I have tried to right-click the files to see if I could assign a genre to them but no luck. Can someone point me in the right direction? I have 337 movies I'd like to add this info to.

    • ANSWER:
      Photo MovieTheater works on it

  2. QUESTION:
    Can I stream Netflix to multiple devices at once?
    I am considering signing up for Netflix month movie streaming.

    I want to know if one account can be used on multiple devices at the same time.

    Example: Can I watch a movie on my iPad while my sister watches a movie on the XBox.

    • ANSWER:
      Not with the plan

      You need to get the 2-disc DVD plan to be able to stream to two devices at a time.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to make a shared network hard drive faster?
    Hi i have an external hard drive and i have it set up as a shared drive on my network, i watch alot of movies on another laptop in my room. The movies are on the hard drive in a different room. How do i make the drive run faster? Like in movie watching, my blurays and a few HD movies play for a minute and then freeze up and has to load for about 20 seconds. How do i make my movie streaming more smooth and faster?

    • ANSWER:
      Clean windows registry can speed up the computer.
      Over time, you install new programs, uninstalled unimportant programs, update software's, install new devices,
      download files from the web, etcetera, hence embarking all records in the registry system.
      This is normal, but it is not wise to leave it untouched.
      Once in a while, you have to check and remove files that are no longer in use to maintain the speed of your PC.
      Clean registry make pc faster.
      http://registry-computer-cleaner.com

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Netflix movies stream on the ipod touch ?
    I am planning to buy the ipod touch with some gift money. It will be very useful to me if I can watch Netflix movies on it since I travel a lot.
    Also , how is the wifi on it ? Any experiences from users would be terribly useful.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no iPod Touch/iPhone app for streaming Netflix, only an iPad app. The wi-fi is largely dependent on the router and it's signal strength. To the extent that the device matters, its wi-fi is fine. The processor of the 32GB and 64GB models is faster than that of others. That can make a difference.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to transfer the image from my computer to the TV?
    I was thinking along the lines of downloaded movies and live TV streaming.

    If such a device exists, would it be a hardwired or wireless option?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean, can I use my TV as a computer monitor, yes of course, it's done all the time.
      You just need to see what connections you TV has, if new, almost certainly it will have a VGA I/P.

  6. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a network streaming device?
    I have a lot of movies on my PC and I want to watch them on my big screen TV up stairs but it seems I need some sort of device that connects to my PC`s Network and streams my movies to my TV. I have seen this Vudu thing in the ads but I am not sure if that is what I need. Please if someone knows what I need and can give me a price approximation then I would be quite grateful. Also NO NETFLIX!

    • ANSWER:
      It's called a media player. Some things you might get interested in: Asus O!Play, Popcorn Hour, WD TV Live, and so on. These are able to play HD movies from your computer or a suitable NAS device.

  7. QUESTION:
    does streaming media from my computer to other computers and ps3 on my home network use my internet bandwidth?
    I have 90GB per month from rogers and i am curious if this will use my bandwidth.

    I am streaming movies from my PC to other devices on my home network.

    • ANSWER:
      No, Streaming movies from your PC to other devices on your home network won't use your 90 GB per month from rogers because when you transfer anything on your internal network such as with a wireless router it doesn't use your upload or download bandwidth from your internet connection as long as you don't try to transfer your movies on to the internet.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you have two devices on one Netflix account?
    I have a wii and an xbox 360. But only one Netflix account. Can I stream movies on both devices at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      You can, but you split your bandwidth to two devices, so the quality may be worse.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can 2 wireless devices be on seperate router channels?
    I have an xbox 360 with Wireless N network adapter. My router is a Model 7500 Westell. What I was wondering was,

    Can my xbox 360 be on a different router channel than the wireless ruku or laptop? As soon as a laptop goes on or a movie streams, I get horrible xbox live lag. My xbox and other devices are on channel 6 and I want my xbox on channel 11 keeping the other devices on channel 6. Is that possible. Or would all devices move to channel 11?

    Will doing this cause my ISP to contact me, or my internet connection to shut off?

    What I would like to do is make it so that xbox live and ruku both operate smoothly without interfering with each other, or hogging bandwidth.

    Any ideas, or suggestions would be great. I dont really want to spend anymore money...

    • ANSWER:
      No, and it would not help if they could.

      Your wireless router speed and bandwidth capacity is not the problem.

      Let me explain:

      A fast wireless router or WiFi connection does not make your Internet faster.

      A wireless router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  10. QUESTION:
    How many devices can you watch at the same time on Netflix?
    I am a new subscriber to Netflix. I thought they would only let you stream one movie at a time per account. However, we were streaming a show on the Wii and my son was streaming on a 3DS. I was wondering if there was a limit to how many movies you can stream at one time per account? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Until last month the number of simultaneous streams was determined by your DVD plan. Now that the plans are separate, It will effectively be two. One device and one backup. Netflix assumes that there will be times when the software on one your devices does not shutdown properly and allows you to use another device to compensate.

      If you were a member before July 12th, the number of DVDs on your plan will determine the number of streams until September 1st.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any other apps that let me stream movies to my wii?
    I have netflix already and I have blockbuster through the mail... but blockbuster cant be put on the wii... or can it? idk. But i was wondering if there are any other movie streaming apps i can get or just other legal ways to put some on there. I dont care if I have to pay a monthly fee or not. Just want to know what I can do. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      e-how has instructions on how to watch free Hulu on the wii. http://www.ehow.com/how_5342407_watch-hulu-wii.html

      Hulu Plus is available through the wii shop channel. http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices?src=footer

  12. QUESTION:
    How does renting a movie on iTunes work?
    I want to rent a couple movies off iTunes but I'm not sure how it works. How long do you get to keep the movie. I herd that it deletes itself 24 hours after you hit the play button, but I'm not sure if that's true. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      its true, dont hit play unless you have time to watch it all.
      movie rentals info: movies are viewable on Mac or Windows pc using iTunes 7.6 or later, iPhone/iPod touch/iPod nano 3rd/4th gen, iPod classic or on TVs using AppleTV. connect to the iTunes Store to move/stream movies, broadband internet required. Once a movie is moved, it is not viewable on the sending device. u can only move movies to another device from your Mac/Windows computer. Movies downloaded to your AppleTV can't be moved. u have 30 days after downloading a movie to begin viewing. Once u begin viewing, u have 24hrs left to finish viewing the movie; view it unlimited times for 24hrs. Stopping/pausing/restarting a movie does not extend time for viewing. If u move a movie to iPod/iPhone and then use iTunes to restore the iPod/iPhone before u finish watching it, the movie will be deleted and will not be recoverable. http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n307257 http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/store/rentals/

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I stop one device from ruining my internet connection?
    My connection is fine no matter what devices are using it, but as soon as a laptop is switched on it instantly makes all other devices suffer from awfully slow connection. I would like to know if there is a way of stopping this from happening. For example, I can be on xbox live and my mum can be streaming movies on the other xbox but as soon as the laptop is switched on I can no longer play on xbox live as it is extremely laggy. Any help will be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best device for connecting my Panasonic HDTV to my wireless internet?
    I have a a G10 Panasonic Plasma tv and it has an ethernet port in the back. It has the ability to stream movies from Amazon and give me weather right on my screen. So, I need to connect it to my wireless network. But, what exactly is the device that I need to buy? (My blu-ray player has the same thing so something with multiple ports would be good)

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of people are using power line adapters to connect their web -enabled tv's to their home network.
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/138091/powerline_adapters_home_networking_without_rewiring.html

      I've set them up for people with varying degrees of success, but most work fine without issue.

      I also have a G10, I had someone run a wired connection from my router in the office to a wall port behind my TV. It cost and is the best method I have seen so far. But I only recommend it if your TV and router will not be moving locations.

      Other than a wall port or a powerline adapter, you could by a wireless bridge and place it behind the TV and run the cable from it to your TV.

      If you need any more explanation, please let me know.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are you able to watch Netflix instant movies on your computer?
    I know this used to be the only option with the movies that were streamed online, but now when I visit the Netflix it appears as though I have to have something special hooked up to my tv to watch the movies from their online database. All I want is to be able to watch these movies on my computer, for anyone who is currently using netflix, is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      For TV viewing, you need a netflix-enabled device (like the new Tivos or the Roku).
      For PC, you simply need a decent internet connection (which I assume you have) and the netflix plug-in, which is a free download from netflix...no special hardware needed. The plug-in was buggy when it first came out, but I think they fixed it ever since. The quality of watching netflix movies on the PC is not as good as the DVD (esp. the audio), but it's great if you want to catch up on things where quality is not an issue.

  16. QUESTION:
    How much do it cost to get movies from netflix?
    I just want to know how much it will cost to watch movies on netflix per month. I also want to know what you get per month as well.

    • ANSWER:
      For only .99 a month, you can instantly watch TV episodes & movies streaming over the Internet to your TV via an Xbox 360, PS3, Wii or any other device that streams from Netflix. Watch as often as you want, anytime you want. Plus, for only more a month, you can also get 1 DVD out at-a-time which you can exchange as often as you want. There are no due dates or late fees, and you can cancel anytime.

  17. QUESTION:
    Mobile device that stores movies and can stream them to a device over wifi that it puts out?
    I saw an ad for something that was kind of like a small external harddrive that you store movies on, and then it puts out a wifi signal and you can connect to it and stream the movies directly from it. If anhbody knows what this product is please give me a name and if possible a link to it's website. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Imation Network Hard Drive - 1.50 TB - Wi-Fi - External
      http://www.dealigg.com/story-Imation-Network-Hard-Drive-1-50-TB-Wi-Fi-External-20110407122622

      The AirPort Extreme is the perfect wireless solution
      http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/

      Seagate GoFlex Satellite WiFi 500GB External Hard Drive
      http://techprezz.com/2011/05/seagate-goflex-satellite-wifi-500gb-external-hard-drive-to-be-released-in-july/

  18. QUESTION:
    How do you stream windows media player to a home theater ?
    I want to watch movies video or even just listen to music on my home theater, the trick is I have to do it wireless I have an old house and my pc is far away from my home theater it would not be cost effective to run 50 feet of Cables. Is there a transceiver you can use, it seems to me the only ones I have found run from external HD or usb drives.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually 50 feet of cable is cheap, but probably won't look nice / practical to run cable. I have same issue (cannot run RCA but do have CAT6). Was thinking of getting a RCA-CAT6 audio balun.

      If no CAT5/6, I think Airport Express is your best bet - i understand it is possible to stream non-Itunes music from the PC as well. Don't have it, so not 100%.

      Other solution is to have all the movies/video/audio sitting on the network, and have a network receiver, or networked enabled device close to the receiver and play from that.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can you watch movies on a Kindle Fire when you arent connected to internet?
    Im thinking about buying a Kindle Fire. I know you have to be connected to interenet in order to download the movies. But once they are, do you have to remain connected to watch them? Example: I want to be able to let my daughter watch movies or tv shows in the back seat while Im driving.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Caitlin, be prepared that the video playback is not going to be great on Fire as it is one low-juice device and not a real media tablet. Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it's a class above Kindle Fire. You should do own research and read online reviews on Kindle Fire before ordering one - there's a lot of complains from people who got the device that many Kindle Fire units have faulty Wi-Fi and people have a lot of issues connecting to internet. Also, Amazon's own web site has hundreds (over 1200 so far) of reviews of Kindle Fire's new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.
      Other reported issues are that Prime movies can't be downloaded, only streamed, making them impossible to watch without Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire. Also, on Fire when the Silk internet browser is pointed at the Android market, it reverts to the Amazon market with much more limited content. Touchscreen is being reported as having a sluggish response. Slower and jerkier than expected web browsing thus no benefit from Silk browser. Power button is badly placed, leading to accidental turning off of the device (a lot of complains about this one).
      All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. Nook Tablet has been getting rave reviews and it is the best device in it's class. It's got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life, the best non-glare laminated screen, double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on kindle), physical volume controls on the side (not on Kindle), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load.
      Sample review:
      Laptop Mag
      Whether it’s the bigger amount of RAM or just more mature software, the Nook Tablet feels a lot faster than the Fire. Where the Fire often seems sluggish and, on our tests, often failed to respond to our taps until we hit an icon two or three times, the Nook Tablet was always smooth and responsive.

  20. QUESTION:
    How are high def movies streamed over a blu-ray, Wii, etc?
    That's a lot of data to stream over a cable connection, especially if it's high def. Wouldn't there be a huge loss of quality or compression artifacts at the very least? Is it still progressive scan? It obviously can't compare to having movie playing directly from a blu-ray device... or can it?

    • ANSWER:
      In my experience, my Netflix streamed content is on a par with HDTV on my 22" Vizio. On my 40" Samsung, it looks as good as an upconverted DVD.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a device that I can use to stream movies and music to?
    I want something like an ipod touch but cheaper. What I mean by streaming movies is that I can have the video on my computer and the device will connect to my computer and show me the movie.

    • ANSWER:
      What is the price range you're looking for, because an 8 gig I pod touch (first gen) is only 139$, and thats as low as I've seen for something with that type of cababilities, although I suppose an I pod nano could work, the screen is just not as big.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can estimate what hooking up a new electronic device will cost me each month on my power bill?
    A friend of mine is getting rid of some old computer hardware of his, including a laptop and several hard drives that he's used as media servers for his home and internet file servers in the past. I've seen how they work (though I don't quite know how to set it ALL up, I know some, and have a...vague sense of the other stuff, at least) and think it would be pretty nifty, but I'm wondering how much the overall power draw would add to my monthly electric bill. They'd pretty much be on all the time, as I understand (unless I leave for vacation, though I could probably turn them off when I'm at work at least most of the time, I guess) so that files could be accessed by myself (and my family, if I can set it up right) over the web.

    Basically, it'd be a work/school/personal documents, family pictures, family videos, music, and movies "server" that we would (ideally) stream to the various devices at my place, and be able to access from our own computers, online, pretty much wherever we are.

    It's a MacBook Pro from about 5(?) years ago and two external hard drives (one is a 250GB WD drive from about 3-4 years ago, the other is a 2TB WD Elements drive from about 2-3 years ago). I'd also be hooking it up to the printer (an HP Printer/Scanner/Copier, forgot which model right off-hand, it's about...5 years old, I think) so we can print from anywhere, too. The laptop would be closed most of the time (if that matters; the display would be off, in other words), and I believe the hard drives can go into "sleep mode" when not in use, too, so the power draw would obviously fluctuate depending on how much they're really used.

    But, I'm not really certain it'd be worth it, I guess. If they're used just a few times a day, either remotely or locally, how much could I expect it to add to my electric bill each month? I'm assuming that's a tough question to answer without knowing what I pay each month, though, so, more importantly, how can *I* find out a ballpark estimate of how much it might add?

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
    I also figure this is probably the most secure/reliable way to store things "in the cloud" (on this "server", at least) without uploading them to a "cloud" service online, like DropBox/SugarSync/Google Drive/iCloud/etc (or even specialized ones, like Flickr or Picasa). Furthermore, it wouldn't give anybody "rights" to use my stuff without expressed permission. I'm open to alternatives, though, I suppose.

    • ANSWER:
      Tiny effect. It's heating that consumes power.
      You can work it out. Thepower rating in watts is on all appliances. Add them up. Divide by a thousand. That is kiloWatt and you multiply by the hours they are on per day which is the unit that you pay for your power.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do the download movies from Netflix have English subtitles available?
    I am not asking about the DVD rentals. I'm asking if I download movies from Netflix, will they have English subtitles/CC like they do on DVD's? I could not find the information on their website and don't want to subscribe if they don't. I don't have a DVD player with me right now, and just wanted to know. Thanks!
    Jimobasa: I mean watching it on PC from their website. I'm not referring to any illegal activity. I've already read the subscription plan.

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot download movies from Netflix. That would be illegal. What they do is rent out DVD's.

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  24. QUESTION:
    How many devices can you connect to a Netflix account?
    I wanted to connect my laptop to my family's account. And if I do that, will they be able to watch movies if I am watching a movie?

    • ANSWER:
      On their site they say you can have "up to six unique authorized Netflix ready devices"
      https://account.netflix.com/TermsOfUse or
      https://signup.netflix.com/TermsOfUse

      They do allow up to two devices to stream concurrently (at least for now). http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/netflix-our-bad-you-can-stream-more-one-device-120953

      So you shouldn't have any trouble streaming on two devices.
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      It usually randomly appears and disappears.

      I'm guessing it usually happens when the site encounters problems. http://downrightnow.com/netflix

      Below is their customer service # if you run into any problems
      https://signup.netflix.com/ContactUs or
      https://account.netflix.com/ContactUs or

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I stream movies from my laptop to my TV?
    I have a Dell Inspirion and I want to stream movies to my Samsung TV. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      There are two ways to do this.

      The first is to connect the laptop directly to the TV. Most laptops have some sort of TV-out port on them. You'll have to look in your manual to determine what your laptop supports. Connect the laptop to your TV with the appropriate cable. You'll also need to get an audio cable that has a headphone jack on one end, and the larger red/white RCA jacks on the other. You can get this at most places that sell TV or audio accessories, or at Radio Shack. Check your manual to see how to enable the TV output. Some laptops require you to open the video properties page and make the TV your primary monitor. You'll then have your laptop displaying on your TV, and the sound should be coming out of your TV as well. (You can also connect the audio cable to your stereo if you want as well.)

      The other way is streaming, which is entirely different. In this case, your laptop will be sending the movie's picture and audio over your home network to a device connected to your TV called a set-top box. The set-top box allows you to use a remote to browse your files on your laptop and choose what to play. Your laptop doesn't even need to be in the same room.

      For streaming, you'll need a network, a set-top box connected to your TV, and your laptop will need to be running a Media Server program. If you already have a router at home that your laptop is connected to for internet access, you're most of the way there. Most set-top boxes can use the server included with Windows Media Player.

      For a set-top box, some newer blu-ray players can access a media server. The Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 also have this feature. So if you have one of these already, you're almost set. Otherwise you'll need to buy one. There are a lot of different ones out there but the one I've heard good things about is from Popcorn Hour (www.popcornhour.com) It can support a lot of different formats, and has a lot of flexibility in how you set it up.

      Personally, I don't like Windows Media Player's media server very much. Instead I use the one from TVersity (www.tversity.com) which stream video, music, photos like any other media server, but can also stream video from YouTube, and Hulu.

  26. QUESTION:
    Need help connecting my DVD to watch streaming movies?
    When I connect my Samsung "netflix ready" Blue-ray player to my modum via eathernet cable at the lan connection on the dvd player, nothing happens although I have the movie streaming on the computer.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you gone onto your Netflix account and activated your "netfix ready device"?

      Go to your account page and look about half way down, under...
      "WATCH INSTANTLY ON YOUR TV OR COMPUTER" > activate a netflix ready device....then just follow the instructions.

      Hope this helps

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to wirelessly stream Google Play movies from Android device to HDTV?
    I have several movies bought from the Google Play store on my phone but was wondering if their was a way to watch these movies on my TV without having to get an HDMI adaptor. Or is there any router boxes similar to the Apple TV, that will let you stream your device to that instead of the actual TV?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get movies on your ipod if its not on itunes?
    I'm trying to get this movie on my ipod but its not on itunes. Is there another way to buy movies?

    • ANSWER:
      iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate
      A combination of Video Converter, DVD Ripper, DVD Burner, DRM Removal, Online Video Downloader/Recorder and File Transfer.
      http://www.dvdtoipadvideoconverter.com/iskysoft-video-converter-ultimate-for-windows.html
      iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate offers a comprehensive multimedia solution for audio, video and DVD files. It converts DVD movies and video files to popular HD output formats or directly for portable devices. Download/record any online streaming videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Hulu, Netflix, etc. to the hard drive or even convert them for portable players and mobile phones.

      Converts DVD movies and videos a varity of popular HD output formats
      Burn DVD movies and videos directly into DVD discs
      Download/record any online streaming videos for offline viewing

  29. QUESTION:
    Can I download Netflix movies to multiple devices either at different times or the same time?
    If I have two DVD players and a Netflix .99/mo account,
    Can I register both devices on my netflix acct?
    If so, can I download a movie to both of them at the same time?
    and If not at the same time, can I download at separate times?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can stream at the same time into multiple devices, but you are limited by your bandwidth, so the quality will be worse.

  30. QUESTION:
    Netflix and streaming two movies at once on different devices?
    So, my family got netflix a couple months ago and we use it on the Wii, computer and internet TV. Recently we tried watching two different shows on one device but when we did that one of the videos would slow down and had to buffer every minute.Is there anyway to stop this and if so how?

    • ANSWER:
      Both machines share your Internet bandwidth!

      Increase your bandwidth and quality will improve.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I get netflix movies to my laptop?
    I recently subscibed to netflix & I can't figure out how to watch them on my Toshiba laptop. The netflix site needs a code to stream to computer but i don't know where to find it. I'm running the newest ie and Windows7.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to:

      http://www.netflix.com

      Log in under "member login" in upper right corner.

      Click on "watch instantly".

      Pick a movie, hit play.

      That is all there is to it. You do not need an activation code to enable streaming on a COMPUTER. The code is only for other Netflix-enabled devices such as Blu-Ray players.

  32. QUESTION:
    How many devices can you stream simutaneously on Netflix?
    We have 3 kids and they all like their movies.. as well as us. Can you do say three or four at once? Granted a very good internet source?

    • ANSWER:
      How many Disc rentals at a time do you have? That's how many devices can be watched at once.

      6 devices can be licensed but it depends on how many disc rentals at a time you have.

      a 4 disc at a time plan means 3 devices simultaneously

      a 3 disc at a time plan means 3 devices simultaneously

      a 2 disc at disc at a time plan means 2 devices simultaneously

      if you're on a 7 or 8 rental at a time plan, You're limited to 6 because you can only license 6 devices.

      If you have watch instant only, or 1 disc at a time, You're limited to only 1 device at a time

  33. QUESTION:
    How to set up multiple sound devices on a computer for audio output?
    I want to be able to plug in a HDMI to my TV and stream a movie to my TV and play sound out of both my TV speakers and the speaker system for my computer. Any ideas of how to enable that?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a audio cable that have one side as a normal AV Jack and other side as a normal stereo jack.Find out if your tv have Audio out put. If it have a one plug in AV jack to it. and plug other side to your computer sound card line in. enable line in on computer volume control(Operating system). this will work i think.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to download movies for my iPod touch for free?
    Does anyone know of a website where i can download movies for my iPod touch for free that you have tried and haven't downloaded any viruses or anything?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. However, unfortunately, there aren't many free options for movie downloads until you've jailbroken your device.

      If you've already done that, and you're running on a WiFi connection, your options are endless. Use Cydia to download BossPrefs, BossPrefs Safari DL Control, Safari Download Plug-in, and dTunes.

      Once you've done that drop by iphonemoviez.net or imp4movies.com (on your iDevice, obviously). Once downloaded, open up dTunes and click to view. The Safari Download Plug-in also allows you to stream which is handy for viewing the audio/video quality prior to downloading.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I transfer movie from dvd to sd card ?
    Want to transfer movie to sd card so can watch it in mp3 player and not use all mp3 memory.
    Have dell inspiron 1501 running windows 7.
    MP3 player is creative zen 8gb.

    • ANSWER:
      You can rip the DVD file into small video clips. So that you can copy the movie to SD card easily.
      Try anothe video movie converter. like this one. iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate for Windows
      http://www.dvdtoipadvideoconverter.com/iskysoft-video-converter-ultimate-for-windows.html

      A combination of Video Converter, DVD Ripper, DVD Burner, DRM Removal, Online Video Downloader/Recorder and File Transfer
      iSkysoft Video Converter Ultimate offers a comprehensive multimedia solution for audio, video and DVD files. It converts DVD movies and video files to popular HD output formats or directly for portable devices. Download/record any online streaming videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Hulu, Netflix, etc. to the hard drive or even convert them for portable players and mobile phones.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why does it always say not available when a search a movie on Netflix?
    I just got the free trial two days ago for netlfix on my ps3 and most the times when I search for a movie it pops up but then it says it's not available.
    What's up with that?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not available for streaming.

      Netflix only has around 10% of all it's movies available for streaming. Devices like PS3 and Wii can only do streaming.

      Your trial membership includes DVD rentals. access your account through a computer and search for the movie there. then add it to your DVD queue. It should arrive in the mail in 2 business days.

      Overall, Netflix is worth it, even if the streaming can be annoying at times

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I set up my Bluray player to stream Netflix?
    I bought my sister a Sony netflix compatible Bluray player and wanted to set her up with a netflix account. She does not have wi-fi. Is this a problem with being able to stream netflix through the device? If anyone could give me some advice, I'd be greatly appreciative! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you'll need to get the internet to the player, not from the computer itself, but from the modem, so you'll need to run a cat5 cable from the source of internet to the player. if you only have one cable out of the modem (to the computer) then you'll need a switch (or router) and they have multiple outs.

      if you can't run cat5 cable from the internet source (where the modem is located) then you can use a powernet system. it uses the home electrical system to send the signal from the source/modem to the receiving device (blu ray player)

      I think belkin makes a powernet system for 150 dollars or something like that. and because it's hard wired, it's faster than wifi. with netflix you'll need it because movies are large files.

      once the blu ray player is hooked up the netflix will give you a 5 digit code on the TV and you'll need to enter that code into her account on the computer. then your blu ray player will tap into the cue that you've created online and off to the movies.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I stream movies from my netbook to tv?
    I have a lot of films that I have downloaded from Itunes, was wondering what kind of chord/device I would need to play them from my dell netbook to my tv? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you're lucky you may have a HDMI output on your laptop.

  39. QUESTION:
    What other devices can I use to watch Netflix on my TV?
    I just joined Netflix, and I would like to watch movies thorugh my TV. However, I do not have a Wii console, PS3, or XBOX 360. Is there a cheaper route to go?

    • ANSWER:
      Roku and Apple TV support Netflix.

      If your computer is near your TV, you can connect the computer directly to your TV, so that TV acts as a large computer monitor. Then just stream movies to the computer which will display on the TV.

  40. QUESTION:
    How many devices can be assigned to my Netflix account?
    I have just an instant streaming account, and was wondering how many devices I could have activated on my account.

    Also, how many of those devices will be able to stream at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      You can have up to six devices activated on your account. Officially, streaming only users are allowed to stream simultaneously on two devices. Some users have been getting booted off when they attempt to do so. I have never had this problem. I have streamed over 100 hours simultaneously in the last two months.

      From the Terms of Use:

      YOU MAY INSTANTLY WATCH ON UP TO SIX UNIQUE AUTHORIZED NETFLIX READY DEVICES. YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO INSTANTLY WATCH SIMULTANEOUSLY ON ONLY ONE SUCH DEVICE AT ANY GIVEN TIME. For certain membership plans in the United States, you may instantly watch simultaneously on more than one Netflix ready device within your household. Click here to view the number of devices on which you may simultaneously view movies & TV shows that are associated with your plan. The number of devices and concurrent streams may change without notice to you. For certain limited membership plans in the United States, your available Netflix ready device may be limited to personal computers.

  41. QUESTION:
    if i am already a netflix member do i still have to pay to stream netflix movies to my ipad 2?
    I'm getting an ipad 2, and im interested in the netflix app so i can watch movies on it. If i am already a netflix member, paying 8.99 monthly, do i still have to pay an extra 8.99 a month to stream movies to my ipad 2? Please let me know what you find out. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No, they don't charge you extra to stream to any devices.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can I watch NETFLIX Instant Steaming movies on my PS3 AND X360 AT THE SAME TIME?
    My girlfriend just bought a Netflix deal in which we can only have one movie at a time. We just got our instant streaming discs for my PS3 and XBox360 and they are both up and running. I was just wondering if I let her take my XBox360 home with her (since I rarely use it) if we could watch the instantly streaming movies simultaneously at different locations.

    • ANSWER:
      s u can watch simultaneously got the following link
      http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r24210843-netflix-How-many-devices-at-one-time
      surely the above will help you.

      http://www.pcworld.com/article/190426/how_to_navigate_the_deluge_of_netflix_streaming_devices.html
      by the way if u have any queries just let me know.
      bye...

  43. QUESTION:
    What is apple tv and roku devices and what things can they do?
    Also would I be able to watch my favorite tv shows like revenage and season 3 of the walking dead for free on those devices?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically they are devices hooked up to your TV and internet to stream movies & TV shows
      http://www.roku.com/
      http://www.apple.com/appletv/

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I use my external hard drive for storing and viewing movies ?
    I have an external hard drive I was planning to use for audio files. Now I want to to use for DVDs. I assume I can play the DVD on my desktop to save file to the external drive. What is the best process to download movie from web to get to the external hard drive to watch on TV. What software is required ? There seems to many sites and different process to transfer the video to storage. Wanting the best quality when complete.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are just downloading files from the web i would recommend saving them to your pc first, then transferring to your external drive, as network issues can sometimes affect the quality when saving across network, plus it may take longer to download if your not saving directly to a pc. Then have the drive shared across the network, so that you can access all the files from any pc in your house, so it becomes a NAS at his point. If your hard drive has an ethernet port, you could just connect it to your router and have it shared as a NAS that way too. You may want to install a uPnP server like Twonky on your hard drive which would make it even easier to use, as other uPnP devices can then pick up the content on your drive, like an xbox 360 for example, then you can stream directly to your tv from your nas running the upnp server.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to watch movies from an External Hard Drive?
    I have way to many dvds and am running out of space. So I am going to buy an external hard drive. I need the external hard drive to connect to my tv so I can watch my movies on my tv from the external hard drive. No computer involved. I have seen this done before but cant remember it exactly. I believe the person had there external hard drive connected to a dvd player which connected to the tv. Any ideas of what dvd player to get? Cords ect...

    • ANSWER:
      You will need some type of media server to host the videos and play them back. You will have to read reviews on them though. I know Seagate has one. There are thousands out there, i just hope to point you in a direction so you can find one for your specific case. I use my xbox and my buddy uses his ps3. The drives are connected to the computer somewhere else away from the tv, then the media is streamed to the device (xbox, ps3).

  46. QUESTION:
    are there any companies that primarily stream movies to devices and stuff instead of usingdvds?
    and wat are the main movie distributal companies out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix. Video streaming is still in its infancy however. Hulu and Hulu plus are fairly big names in television streaming.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I watch my Netflix on more than one device without paying extra?
    I'd like my family to be able to wacth movies on the computer, Wii, and iPhone. Could you please tell me if it's possible and how much it would cost?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't do it simultaneously, but you can watch it on several devices. I watch it on my computer sometimes, but we mainly stream it through PS3.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there any device that can stream mp4 movies to my TVs from a computer, harddrive or internal storage?
    I have a fast home network and plenty of harddrive space. I save my movies in mp4 format (not h.264). I can view the movies on my computer but I want to stream them and be able to select the movies from the other TVs in the house. There's plenty of devices that stream mp3s but how can you stream mp4s? Ideally I would like the movies stored on one networked hard drive.

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a video card with ViVo.
      d:o)
      Avatarxz

  49. QUESTION:
    I am getting wireless internet finally and was told I can stream movies,music etc through my tv?
    Ive looked into the roku and neotv by netgear. Any other devices that would work that might be better or cheaper? Can you use an xbox 360 and if so how and is it money wise a smart thing to do?

    • ANSWER:
      You can subscribe to Netflix and stream through xBox, Wii, and PS3 for no extra charge. It's completely worth it in my opinion; my family has used Netflix instead of television for over 2 years now. Much cheaper.

  50. QUESTION:
    can I stream movies and videos on my tv without an internet ready device?
    I want to connect my desk top PC to my HDTV. My tv isn't internet ready.will I still be able to stream movies and other content on my tv if I make this connection?

    • ANSWER:
      does your question include routers as an internet ready device?


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