We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming for further adventures with my Google Nexus tablet.
My original intent in purchasing a tablet was to stream video via Chromecast to my television. I also have the option of plugging a long HDMI cord into our bigger television and streaming via my laptop.
GOAL: Enhance the quality of my viewing experience for the least amount of money. (Or: watch more good tv and movies for less!)
I began exploring the wealth of options for locating something I might actually want to watch, looking for the most efficient way to find great content that interests and inspires me, without spending a lot of money. I learned it’s easy to spend a lot of time looking for something good to watch, and then have no time left for actually watching something you want to see! I’ve discovered a great one-two punch with a combination of two websites: The Internet Movie Database and eTrizzle.
IMDB is the starting place for me, because I want to see reviews, trailers, and get ideas for more movies that are similar to ones I have really liked. No more wasting time on video that may be free, but doesn’t match my interests.
I add content I want to watch to my watchlist on IMDB, and when it’s time for a little tv viewing, I’ll check there. For when I don’t have access to IMDB via Wi-Fi, I have a “to watch” list in Google Drive. (To make a note available offline, press and hold on an unopened note title and choose that option.)
IMDB has links to watch instantly via Amazon Instant. But first, check the website etrizzle.com,, which compares the prices of various sources. Sometimes you can even find the movie you’re looking for free. It works for television content too. I checked for “Designed to Sell,” and there was a link to the official site, where there are some full episodes available to watch.
There is another option for access to free dvds: your local library. With a library card, you can access some movie and television series. This is an option if you are you willing to wait (many popular items have a waiting list) And go to the library to pick it up and return it.
An account with Youtube can be tailored to your interests by subscribing to channels, and rightthisminute.com can quickly connect you to some interesting videos. Most news channels offer a way to access content to stay informed.
This article from Marketingland.com compares Chromecast with other devices.
With that, I’ll sign off…I’d love to know if you have found other ways to access a quality viewing experience!
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