I remember 5 or even 2 years ago it was pretty difficult to watch movies online. This was the time wheb sites like Napster were getting sued for allowing individuals to share their hard drives with the world on a peer to peer network. Thus, allowing people in other countries and states to play and swap music that was not accessible on their own drives. The record companies did not find this practice to be beneficial or above the law so they stopped the service. Well, this same concept of stopping people from sharing their movies online was stopped also.
The problem was that film and music companies were not getting their share of the money. They were unable to come to the table and get their piece of the pie. But how was this any different from the days when I could tape my local DJ mix and dub it and pass it on to my friends back in the 80's. At that time no one complained about music swapping by hand. Or even dubbing movies and giving it to someone else. No money swapped. So, what is the problem???
Well, aside from that it seems that some very innovative companies have figured out a way to make the record and film companies happy and also line their pockets with money. Companies like iTunes and Amazon.com are now some of the leaders of online movie download. Both services charge a fee for individuals to download either a movie, music or a TV episode. A portion of that money goes to the company that owns the film or show. But a portion of the money goes to the distributing company.
These services have been a god sent blessing to most people that want to see a movie the day they comes out, without having to go to the local Walmart to buy the DVD. They have made it simple to just buy the movie online, save it on my local computer and watch it whenever I fill fit. This makes it easy to watch the movie online on a computer, on a ipod or import it to a device like a xbox 360 and watch it on a TV.