For Seniors: Watch Movies Online from Your Laptop
You can watch movies on your laptop through various sources such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. Online videos are streamed to your laptop through your Internet connection. With streaming, bits of the video you wish to play are sent through the Internet (streamed) to your computer and played immediately, without waiting for the entire movie to download.
The plus side of video streaming is that you can watch videos — many of which are free — without overloading your laptop’s memory. The negative side is that, depending on your Internet connection, streaming can be less than smooth. When this happens, the video replay may be jerky, full of artifacts, and you may see a message that the video is still buffering.
Try out YouTube and Hulu as a starting point. YouTube is made up of people who want to share their shorter video clips, from the guy next door to movie studios and news stations. Hulu offers many movies and TV shows for free, or you can get a paid subscription to access more content.
Either service will give you a taste of how well your connection will deliver video to your laptop. Just go to their websites, use the search feature to find a video, and then double-click a video to play it.
Amazon.com recently added a lot of free instant video content to its Amazon Prime membership. If you pay the yearly fee for Amazon Prime — which gives you unlimited second-day free shipping on anything you buy on the site, you also get the free video content. If you buy much at all each year from the online retailer, this works out to be a great deal.