Cybertainment: Online resources for movie viewers

January 1, 2012 12:00 am

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Film fans can move into 2012 armed with some handy online resources -- whether they're watching them in the theater or at home.

People who watch movies online will enjoy CanIStream.It. Sign up for a free account, type in a movie title, and it searches the major instant streaming sites, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The search generates icons that tell you whether the movie's available for instant streaming, with a link that takes the viewer directly to the source.

If the film's not streaming online, the site also generates a list of places where the user can rent or buy a digital copy online, or order DVDs and Blu-ray disks. It searches iTunes, Crackle, Blockbuster, YouTube Movies, Vudu and Amazon OnDemand for online rentals.

If the movie you want isn't available for streaming yet, sign up for a reminder and CanIStream.It will send out an email if it becomes available.

There's a free iPhone CanIStream.It iPhone app.

CanIStream.It plans to add other features, including searches for streaming TV shows and Android mobile apps.

Newly launched MoviePass offers frequent moviegoers a new way to save some money at the box office by paying a flat monthly rate for their movie-going budget.

For a monthly fee starting at $29.99 per person, MoviePass members can use the site to find a movie playing at a local theater, choose a show time, print a certificate to take to the box office and exchange it for a ticket.

Prices are $49.99/month for an individual one-month pass, $39.99/month for a three-month pass and $29.99/month for those who buy a one-year package.

The passes are good at select local theaters: The site offers a list of theaters in this area that accept them, and potential subscribers can check it before they sign up.

There are limits. Subscribers can buy a ticket to only one movie a day, and they can see a particular movie only one time using the pass. People buying tickets for IMAX or 3-D movies will have to pay the extra ticket charges when they get to the theater.

MoviePass is currently in beta form, and users need to request an invitation to sign up.

Adrian McCoy: or 412-263-1865.
First Published 2012-02-09 19:00:02
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