The geekdaddy and I are pretty technologically advanced in the way that we watch television. Partly because we are, fundamentally, geeks, and partly out of necessity, because we can’t get a decent terrestrial TV signal to our house due to an inconsiderately placed line of trees between us and our local transmitter. So rather than a traditional TV set-up we have an Apple Mac Mini connected to our television, acting as a media server and an internet-connected device for streaming. We generally tend to just watch BBC TV programmes, as we can stream them via iPlayer, and our “go to” source of movies is Netflix. So when I was asked if I’d like to try out another movie streaming service, PictureBox, with their ambitious tagline of #ImproveYourFilmLife, I was keen to give it a go.
PictureBox is a subscription movie streaming service available either online or through select UK Digital TV Providers. It’s a service operated by NBC Universal, who have quite a library of great films that are not available through other streaming services. Rather than giving you access to their full catalogue, they make 60 movies available at any time, changing the selection on a weekly basis by removing the oldest 8 or 9 films and adding the same number of new ones. Net effect – each film is available for about 8 weeks, giving you plenty of time to watch at your leisure, but there’s a regular turnover of content meaning there is always something new on the list as well. Being used to having a wide variety of movies at my disposal, I was initially unconvinced that I’d be able to find enough to watch in a more restricted selection to keep me interested. However I’ve been using the PictureBox service for a few months now, and when I’ve been in the mood to watch a movie I’ve always managed to find something to watch. The selection is always balanced, offering action, drama, comedy and kids movies. There’s also a balance of recent movies (Beginners is next on my list to watch – who can resist Ewan McGregor?) and old classics that just make me smile when you see them in the list (Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Breakfast Club anyone?).
The movies that we have tested have streamed beautifully with no problems – they have been good quality resolution and no pausing or buffering issues (we have a very fast BT Infinity broadband connection) both on our home TV (via the Mac Mini) and on our iPads (via their free app – sadly no Android app yet).
If you’re looking for a streaming movie service which offers a constantly changing selection of great movies then PictureBox just might be for you. A subscription costs £4.99 per month, and you can test the service out with a month’s free trial.
So to finish off I’d just like to share with you one of my favourite movie scenes EVER. Which I can because it’s currently showing on PictureBox 🙂
Life isn’t exciting if you stick to what you know. At PictureBox we offer you fresh titles every week for a low monthly cost, all hand-picked by film lovers. Take a deep breath and try something new; you might just improve your film life.
Disclosure: I have been provided with a complimentary PictureBox subscription for review purposes, and PictureBox also sent me a selection of goodies to enjoy whilst watching their movies. All opinions are my own and are completely honest.