In some bad news for Netflix fans, the company recently announced further price hikes for Irish and UK customers – their two-stream HD option will rise by €1 to €9.99 per month for new customers.
You don’t always have to fork out for a monthly subscription to Netflix or Hulu or, indeed, Sky to get your movie fix. All you need is access to Youtube, and a HDMI cord if you want to hook your laptop up to your TV.
Youtube channel Timeless Classic Movies offers a range of full length classic black and white films ranging from Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (1935) and Alaska Highway (1943) to King of the Zombies (1941) and The Hitch-Hiker (1853)
They’ve also got a number of silent films for the truly dedicated film buffs – check out 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1916), Frankenstein (1910) and Nosferatu (1922) for a cinematic experience from a very different era.
Youtube also has a wonderful variety of short films if you’re in the mood for some bite-sized entertainment.
The list of recommended viewings is almost infinite, but there are two we’d recommend in particular. The first is Cargo, a simple story about a man and his baby during a zombie apocalypse. At only seven minutes long, make sure you watch it all the way to the end – your eyes might feel a little watery by the time the credits roll.
And then there’s Code 8, an interesting take on the superhero genre. Featuring brothers Stephen (The Vampire Diaries, The Flash) and Robbie Amell (The Flash, The X-Files), alongside Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious franchise), Code 8 could be described as District 9 with superheroes, presenting a world where those with powers live in poverty or are forced into a life of crime to survive. The makers have plans to expand Code 8 into a feature length film, and have raised over $1.7m on Indiegogo (from a target of $200,000).