We hooked my laptop up to our TV this weekend, and watched On-Demand movies from NetFlix.
Why am I telling you this? I just think it’s really cool.
I’ve always been amazed by new technology, since the first time I used a VIC computer in third grade to practice multiplication facts. The internet arrived about the same time I arrived at college, and even now I’m still floored by what you can do with it. I don’t know a lot about how technology works, but I like to use it.
We’ve been a Netflix customer for a while. I love the convenience of getting and returning movies through the mail. No driving to the video store, no due dates to remember, no late fees. Now we don’t even have to wait for the mailman. Not all their titles are available on demand, but there are many to choose from, including a big selection of kids’ movies. Perfect for all the rainy days we’ve had this summer.
I you’re like me, watching a movie on a little computer screen doesn’t really appeal to you. Well, if you’ve got the right equipment you can watch NetFlix’s on-demand movies on your TV. For about $100 you can buy a dedicated device that will stream the on-demand movies to your TV. But if you have a computer and a newer TV, you probably already have just about everything you need. The only thing we had to purchase was a cable to hook the computer up to the TV. It was simple. As soon as we had the cable plugged-in, a menu popped up automatically on the computer screen to configure it for sending video to the TV.
Some of you computer geeks really technical people out there probably think I’m silly for being so amazed by this. I know it’s not like we put a man on Mars, but it’s nice to know that if we do go to Mars someday, we’ll be able watch movies on-demand inside our little biosphere there.