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In this publicity image released by flickme.com, Mitch Galbraith, CEO of flickme.com is shown at the companies' office in San Mateo, Calif. Movie studios have increasingly looked to social media and Facebook, in particular, as a distribution platform. The early inroads have been experimental, but social streaming is a bright new hope for a Hollywood looking to counter sagging DVD sales.

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Alternatives to Netflix: new ways to watch TV, movies

Netflix and the newly-minted Qwikster have a growing list of competitors that offer movies and TV shows streamed online, on DVDs, or through on-demand cable TV. Choosing the right service will depend on your appetite for video. Do you want the latest movies or the greatest classics? Would you prefer cheap or better on-the-go access?

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