Ok, people. You know what time it is. Time to start the new year. Out with the old, in with the new. Ditch the clutter, create space, clear your mind. Aaaahhhh … space …
If you’re a movie fan like me, you’ve probably got stacks and stacks and shelves and shelves of DVDs and blu-ray discs. But you know what? DVDs and blu-rays are sort of on their way out, thanks to streaming options like Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Heck, you can find episodes of a lot of shows right on the show’s official Web site.
So here’s my advice. Start culling your DVD and blu-ray collection, and see what you can pass along through sites like Listia. If you haven’t checked it out yet, hop through the link and take a look. You give away stuff you don’t want or need, and then earn credits for other stuff you DO want or need. Cool, huh? Good old-fashioned bartering with a cyber-twist, and someone else can enjoy the things currently collecting dust in your house.
Once you declutter all those DVDs and blu-rays, you’ll probably be wondering what to watch on Netflix or Amazon or Hulu, because there are a TON of choices. Here are my three recommendations to get you started. I happened to watch all of these on Netflix, but I’m sure they’re available elsewhere, too.
1. The Vampire Diaries: I am at this moment in the midst of watching this show for my Jane After Dark column. Well, not right this moment because I’m typing, but when the day’s work is done, I put on my headphones, fire up my iPad, and take a trip to Mystic Falls.
Oh that bad boy Damon. He makes me a little weak in the knees. I’m half-way through season three, so “Delena” hasn’t really reached the boiling point yet, but they’re heading that way. My 15-year-old is doing a really good job of not revealing spoilers.
2. Breaking Bad: It took me a while to get into this show, and here’s why. I had the DVD for season one, and started watching it, oh, a half-dozen times. Just couldn’t glom onto it. I didn’t like the idea of a show glorifying drugs and meth-making. But once I got past the first few episodes, it was all I could do not to camp out with the show and watch every episode one after the other. After season one, I watched seasons two through five-and-a-half on Netflix.
And it doesn’t glorify meth. If anything, you’ll be scared straight after watching Breaking Bad. See what I wrote about it for Jane After Dark. (Note: There’s a wee bit ‘o swearing in the clip below. Yeah, I forgot to tell you – there’s lots of swearing in this show.)
3. Doc Martin. This is on my must-watch list, so I will pass along what my friends say: Watch it. Watch it next. Don’t watch anything else until you watch Doc Martin. I do love British TV, and Acorn Media — the premiere distributor for all things British TV — is now streaming a TON of shows on AcornOnline.com.
As for Doc Martin, it stars Martin Clunes as a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England. It’s definitely next on my list, and the show will actually be available on AcornOnline starting Dec. 31, 2012.
I’ve heard Doc Martin is good. I want to see it (I love the BBC), but Acorn media streams funny–any thoughts on that?
Love streaming TV and/or films. It’s actually fairly easy to set up your computer as a streaming box – so you’re not limited to whatever services you have on your Blu-ray player. That being said, I use my Blu-ray player as a streaming device far more often than I play discs on it.
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