Today’s video game systems do much, much more than simply play games—they can, among other things, stream movies, television shows, and generally offer up a whole lot of affordable alternatives to cable and/or a full-blown movie night. So how do you watch movies and television (including live TV programs delivered via streaming video) on your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?
It’s easy. Streaming your favorite fare to your video game console is often as easy as making a couple of selections on the system’s main menu. Even better, many streaming services also let you take your movies and shows to tablets and PC! Note that streaming video content requires a broadband internet connection.
Here’s how you can watch your favorite programs and movies on your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Keep in mind that some of these services are currently only available in the United States.
Hulu Plus – For a small monthly subscription fee, Hulu Plus grants you access to full seasons of television shows produced by FOX, ABC, NBC, and other studios. To utilize Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360, you need an Xbox Live Gold account.
Netflix – Netflix is one of the strongest players in the movie streaming business, and for a monthly fee, you can gain access to Netflix’s massive movie library on your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. In order to use the Netflix app on Xbox 360, you need an Xbox Live Gold account.
Vevo – Feeling nostalgic for some music videos? With Vevo, you can access a music video library that numbers over 45,000 entries. Vevo is coming soon to the PlayStation 3, but it’s free on the xbox 360—provided (again) that you have an Xbox Live Gold account.
Amazon Instant Video – With Amazon Instant Video, you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies through your Xbox 360 and your PlayStation 3. If you have an Xbox 360, you can browse Amazon’s selection and watch trailers for free, but an Xbox Live Gold account is required if you want to actually stream any content.
YouTube TV – Finally, the Internet’s favorite video portal, YouTube, is accessible via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Try out YouTube TV for instant access to free web series and user-uploaded videos.