But it's an imperfect system to say the least, especially when you find yourself searching multiple sites for the latest releases and wondering if it was Amazon or Hulu that has a 28 day waiting period on Warner Bros. features? Or… was that Blockbuster?
Now, thanks to the folks at UrbanPixels, all you need to do is check the Canistream.it app or website and the service will search high and low to find your film, and then tell you what services it's available on with handy icons. Canistream.it searches everywhere you can think of: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Crackle, Redbox, XFINITY Streampix, HBO GO, Showtime, Blockbuster, YouTube Movies, EPIX, Vudu, Android and Amazon OnDemand. If you're searching from your PC, TV, smartphone or tablet, you can simply tap the service you'd like to use to run the movie, and Canistream.it will connect you. Movies that aren't available to stream might be available for digital rental or purchase.
If a movie isn't available, you can sign up and set a reminder and you'll receive an email when your chosen service has the movie available, which makes Canistream.it a great way to remind yourself about movies you'd like to see that aren't out yet. The website also links to Canistream.it's Tumblr blog with movie reviews and news; the app links to information on both IMDB and RottenTomatoes.
The service was started by a New York-based tech consulting, branding, and design firm because they simply thought it would be a great and useful service to have available. So far, the service (including the apps) are all free. The only flaw is that there's no support to search for TV shows; however, Canistream.it says that feature is coming soon.