The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > Basics: An Online Supplier for Your Desktop Cineplex "Going to the movies these days may simply involve a trip to your desktop, as video-on-demand Internet movie services help turn personal computers into multiscreen cineplexes.
A technological step beyond video rentals and pay-per-view cable movie channels, these online movie services provide a legal and reliable way to download and stream thousands of films, from recently released Hollywood blockbusters to vintage serials.
Several video-on-demand services operating with the blessings of the film industry, like Movielink, CinemaNow and Movieflix, have been online for some time. But these services, along with the newly introduced Starz Ticket service, are now gaining considerably in appeal as computer processing power and Internet access speeds reach the point where DVD-quality movies can be efficiently delivered to a mass audience."
Okay, this is now an official harmonic convergence meme-of-the-week...