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Hiring new movies via Samsung TV

Occasionally new apps appear on our Samsung TV.  ABC's iView is heavily used by our children, and we've occasionally watched YouTube videos too.

Last weekend we couldn't find any decent to watch on Foxtel's basic "Get Started" package, so instead of driving 10 mins each way to and from the Video Ezy store on Bernard Street, we had our first look at the BigPond Movies app on the TV.

Although it was slow to scroll through, we found a movie to watch.  We then selected it and received a message to register online first.

Within about 10 minutes I'd done so (it doesn't involve much more than giving them your credit card number) and then once I'd entered by username and password into the app on the TV, we received the movie.  We have 48 hours to watch downloads.

Most movies are $5.99 - comparable with Video Ezy.  Some older ones are $2.99.  Video Ezy has many more special multi-movie deals and we agreed afterwards that it is easier to quickly look through movies on the shelves of a video store than on-screen.  However, BigPond Movies doesn't require you to make two car trips to pick up and return the movie.

We don't use BigPond as our Internet Service Provider, however with a 120GB download allowance per month, we've never used more than about 15% of our download limit even when we think we're being 'heavy' users of bandwidth. 

We won't be abandoning our local Video Ezy store, but it is nice and convenient to have the option of downloads via the TV.

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