December 29, 2019

Month: December 2019

How To Have A Family Movie Night

Taking a family to the movie theater is expensive. The prices are only going to increase. Time Magazine writer, Brad Tuttle, addressed the rising cost of movie tickets in his article, The Cure for the Ailing Movie Business Is To … Raise Ticket Prices? “By the end of 2012,” writes Tuttle, “the average movie ticket will likely sell for around $8.15.” So, if you have a family of four, you will have to shell-out a whopping $32.60 just to get into the theater. Would you like some popcorn and beverages? That’s going to cost you even more. Everybody is painfully aware that concessions sold at the theater are very costly. So what should a family do? Here are some ideas on how to have a family movie night without breaking the bank.

Your home is a theater.

You don’t need fancy equipment and an expensive home theater room to turn your home into a theater. Just let your kids help to do the work and you’ll be amazed at how much fun your family will have. Here are some ideas that my family has actually used to create a home theater experience.

How to Add Movies to Your Netflix Queue via the Wii

If you have a Nintendo Wii and a Netflix subscription, did you know you can watch streaming content through your video game console? The best part about it is that is free with your subscription. When Netflix first started offering this service, you had to request a Netflix disc that activated the streaming service when inserted into the Wii console. However, Netflix has developed its own channel in the Wii Virtual Store which allows you to download it for free, connect it with your Netflix subscription and begin watching programs within a few minutes of setting it up. You can enjoy your favorite TV shows or movies while waiting for dishes to be served from your microwave.

Once you have downloaded the channel onto your Wii, you can actually add movies, TV shows and more to your instant queue. While it is much easier to manage your instant queue online through Netflix.com, you can do it a bit more tediously through the Nintendo Wii if you do not want to turn on your computer. When you open the Netflix channel on the Wii, you are instantly brought to your queue.

Broadband Services Requirements to Enjoy Lag-Free Movie Streaming

Before signing up for a streaming service, start by matching your speed to your intended usage.  The chart below can help you to match your broadband plan to the activities you wish to engage.  Don’t make the mistake of finding out after the fact that your broadband connection won’t support the amount of bandwidth the activity takes.

While most stream services advertise a minimum broadband requirement of 500 kbps, it is not recommended for most users.  Compressed file downloads are about the only activity that will successfully execute at this speed, but you will have to wait for the majority of the file to download before you can view the content.  You will likely be quite disappointed with streaming content due to all of the hangups, hiccups and low quality you will experience.

However, there is something more important to consider when making your selections.  Broadband providers are beginning to impose fines on customers who use a lot of bandwidth but don’t pay for it.