Online video stores and subscription services
Also, most online video stores--even Google's--restrict their offerings to DRM-protected files, meaning that they'll play only on your computer(s) and compatible devices and usually can't be burned to DVD. Since there's no way that copyright owners would have released their digital films without DRM protection, many consider these requirements to be a necessary part of the equation.
Apple's iTunes Store
CinemaNow and Movielink
YouTube is the posterchild of the user-driven video Web site. Content and traffic has grown exponentially, and the site's strengths lie with good organization of video, community, and easy self-publishing. While you won't find any premium content here (meaning stuff you have to pay for), you will become addicted to YouTube's massive library of short, personal, and completely free videos.
Between the new and old schools is Vongo, which has a modest catalog but offers the first all-you-can-watch subscription plan for major-studio releases. It allows transfers to portables--although currently only a couple of Toshiba devices are certified to work with it.
Amazon Unbox and Wal-Mart Video Downloads
Convenience, price, and variety will decide which stores are left standing as consumers adopt warm up to this new method for acquiring videos. But for now, we hope many other companies with fresh, new ideas on the issue join the race. Everyone involved, from film and video creators to technology innovators, to the movie-watching public, stands to benefit a great deal from better online video distribution. Just don't expect your neighborhood Blockbuster franchisee to be too happy about it.