The arrival of new services shows movie studios and TV networks are slowly recognising that people want to watch their content on different devices - a small step in the right direction.
Some streaming services are linked to DVD disc. Using this system, consumers first buy the disc and are then provided with a code to stream or download a file to watch on a computer or tablet. UltraViolet is one of these cloud-based digital movie systems that lets you download or stream content to your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Three companies currently offer Ultraviolet in Australia: JB HiFi NOW, Flixster and EzyFlix.
In the US, Vudu offers disc-to-download movies.
Australian TV catch-up services
Local free-to-air TV networks were slow to realise that viewers want to watch shows on demand, but all now offer catch-up services.
The ABC’s iView screens most programs and keeps them available online or via an iView app for several weeks after broadcast.
SBS on Demand has documentaries and TV shows available online and via their app.
Channel 7, Channel 9 and Channel 10 also offer similar services, including shows not broadcast live to air.