Movies, or films as we like to call them in the UK, are widely available on streaming services, but not always as movies to download and keep. Limitations include:
- Dedicated app from the vendor… which later turns out isn’t available on your new device, such as a Smart TV
- Activation of registered device… which requires you to be online, and you’re in a car in the middle of nowhere with no signal
- Data consumption… which runs up a massive bill whilst you’re travelling
- Disruption… which turns a tense or emotional scene into nothing more than a still photo with a circular animation in the middle
Sometimes you just want to download and actually keep the movie/film as a file on your own system.
Here is my own list of services and what they offer in terms of download and keep. I have excluded streaming-only services like Netflix, but have included Amazon as they offer a ‘Buy’ feature.