With an increasing inclusion of autistic themes in TV/ video output as well as a treasure trove of entertaining media for children an overview of options might be useful.
- iPlayer / ITV Player – free to UK license fee payers. See guides: iPlayer ITV Player
- Youtube – uses a lot of bandwidth with full length films but handy for exploring
- DVD / Video download – good once you have some idea what a you or your children will like
- Netfilx vs Amazon Prime.
- Which? Amazon Prime and Netflix cost (roughly) the same per month. Netflix’s personalised recommendations are more targeted and esoteric. While it’s possible to use the search function to find content with a certain actor or title, the front end of the service is set up for browsing by very loose terms.
- Tom’s guide: While the three most popular streaming services don’t offer exactly the same content, on the whole, Netflix has the most TV shows and movies, the prettiest interface and the widest availability. While the three most popular streaming services don’t offer exactly the same content, on the whole, Netflix has the most TV shows and movies, the prettiest interface and the widest availability.
If this guide is anything to go by it also looks like PAL is the format for Europe including the UK.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just getting the correct region code. In addition to this, you need to make sure that the format is also correct. There are 2 main formats: PAL and NTSC. PAL is the standard format in the UK, Europe, Australia and China among others so DVDs from those countries will be PAL.
On good websites with UK in the address DVDs are likely to play in UK machines. Please be aware, though, that on websites without UK in the address you need to take care to get a version that plays in your machine.