March 28, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Many of us consider our computer to be our home entertainment center--we listen to music, play games, and stream videos, but what about watching movies on your machine? For me, while I do consider my computer an all-in-one entertainment center, I prefer to watch as few movies on it as I can. I get enough neck and eye strain--not to mention additional back pain--just from using the computer for long periods of time, let alone watching a two-hour flick here and there. So my preference remains the comfy couch and a big screen for movies. What about you? In our latest Screening Room discussion, we ask if you would watch movies on your PC? There are plenty of companies out there, from Amazon Unbox to Movielink, that are betting that people will want to watch one- to two-hour flicks from their computer chairs. So are you one of them? Tell us if this something that you do regularly, that you do on occasion, or that you just don't do at all. And if you do watch movies regularly on the computer, give us a glimpse of how your computer setup makes viewing on it enjoyable.
This week's hot topic:
Watching movies on
With more and more movies available online to download, and most machines incorporating DVD players within them, are you willing to watch a two-hour flick from your computer chair? Many of our members spoke up to tell us if they do or not.
"Not unless my PC is connected to my TV"
"Living room: Comfy couch, big-screen TV, surround-sound system. Home office: PC with 20-inch monitor, kinda comfy chair, Creative TravelSound speakers. Between these two, it's not tough to decide where I'd rather watch movies. And I haven't seen any..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member katzmaier"Occasionally, yes, but not usually"
"I think when I'm on a trip involving a train, plane, or ferry that takes a couple of hours or more, then the movie is a perfect time when I have nothing else to do. Usually, I prefer the usual TV/video/dvd player to fill this area of entertainment when I'm at home..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member intrepi"Who doesn't?"
"I started watching movies on my laptop at first because I only had a CRT TV at the time, and I wanted to take advantage of the LCD screen. Laptops are great for this: If you want to watch a movie while lying in bed, you can. Want to lay on the floor instead? It's alright, you..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member ivyvineSpeak Up!
Here's your chance to speak up! Check out the latest Screening Room discussion and tell us if watching movies is something you do or not.
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