Though many Roku users subscribe to one or more premium services such as Amazon Prime or Netflix, the Internet TV streaming devices offer a significant amount of quality non-subscription content. Some channels cost nothing, while some let you purchase movies and television shows a la carte.
The Moonlight Movies channel has various Tarzan movies from the 1930s through the 1950s, and you can also find these titles among their collection.
- "A Star is Born" starring Judy Garland (1954)
- "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950)
- "The Joe Louis Story" (1953)
- "The Last of the Mohicans" (1936)
- "Road to Bali" starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour (1952)
- "A Farewell to Arms (1932)
- "The General" starring Buster Keaton (1926)
- "His Girl Friday" starring Cary Grant (1940)
- "The Iron Mask" starring Douglas Fairbanks (1929)
- "The Sheik" starring Rudolph Valentino (1921)
- "Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1952)
- "Thief of Baghdad" (1924)
The Crackle channel has various early Godzilla movies along with the following:
- "And Now for Something Completely Different" with Monty Python (1972)
- "Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams" (1981)
- "The Gods Must be Crazy"(1984)
- "Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip"
- "Spring Break" (1983)
- "Things are Tough All Over" (1982)
- "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997)
- "Starman" (1984)
- "The Buddy Holly Story" (1978)
- "La Bamba" (1987)
Some pay per view channels, such as M-GO, Target Ticket and VUDU, include movies still playing in second-run theaters along with recent episodes of popular television shows. Occasionally, a movie comes out in theaters and plays on a pay-per-view station at the same time, like "Veronica Mars" on M-GO.
You can choose to rent or purchase items, with TV shows renting for around $2 an episode and recent movie rentals setting you back around $5 or $6. Some older titles rent for $4.
The pay-per-view channels sometimes have free rental offers for first-time sign-ups, but you still need to enter a credit card number to take advantage of them. I recommend using either a Visa or MasterCard gift card or a temporary number from your financial institution, like you can get from Bank of America's Shop Safe program. Some services also require that you sign up for a free account with UltraViolet.
Amazon Instant Video offers a huge selection of old, new and everything-in-between films for rental or purchase even if you don't subscribe to Amazon Prime. HD movies cost as little as $4 for a three-day rental, while most services give you only 24 hours.
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