What is 123movies?
123movies is better known for its movie streaming service . However, the legal streaming offer of the American streaming service, which was successively called 123 movies Instant Video then 123 movies Video on Demand , has existed in France since the end of 2016. Under its current name, 123movies , it offers an interesting movie streaming offer. . 123movies is of course an OTT offer, in other words Over The Top , that is to say a service accessible directly via the Internet from the site of the editor of the service, regardless of the connection mode. So you don't depend on your ISP (Internet service provider ) and your movie box to access the selected content. Indeed, this access is completely independent of the television component of your Triple Play offer. On the other hand, you do not necessarily have direct access to your movie via your ISP's movie box. OTT services are also easily available, via dedicated applications that can be downloaded free of charge, on tablets, smartphones or any other mobile or wifi equipment ...
How to get 123movies for free?
Like its competitors Netflix and CanalPlay , 123 movies offers a streaming service with generalist content, focusing on the distribution of exclusive content to appeal to viewers: films, series episodes but also documentaries and programs for children are among the references available on 123 movies. 123movies Video, which gives you access to a video library for all audiences.
What exactly are Streaming sites?
Streaming sites is the acronym for Google - Apple - Facebook - 123 movies , brands which are generally associated with Microsoft and Twitter . This abbreviation designates the American companies which are today part of the giants of the web and have established themselves by reinventing the uses of IT. Question of generation, while the Streaming sites have almost entered everyday language, other acronyms are also arriving: we are talking more and more about BATX (the Chinese Baidu - Alibaba - Tencent - Xiaomi) and NATU (Netflix - Airbnb - Tesla - Uber).
Is 123movies being broadcast by your ISP?
If movie streaming has recently experienced such a boom, it is also thanks to the generalization of internet boxes among individuals throughout France. Indeed, streaming is very greedy in bandwidth: to view your programs comfortably, it is necessary to have a good Internet connection.
However, the arrival of 123 movies's streaming service was not viewed favorably by French ISPs. Already, you should know that these already offer (or have in the boxes) a streaming service: OCS at Orange , SFR Play at SFR Altice ... Thus, they are not ready to facilitate access to a competitor direct. Simple economic logic. But in addition, from the start of the negotiations, the four major French ISPs unanimously found 123 movies's conditions unacceptable.
In fact, not only did 123 movies seek to impose its fast delivery offer included in the movie streaming offer, but it also wanted to be able to freely add other features, such as the Twitch application, which allows, among other things, the retransmission of live events. Difficult for ISPs to agree to no longer have control of the content they broadcast ... The negotiations with the American giant have therefore come to an end and today, neither Orange , nor SFR , nor Bouygues Telecom offers access direct to 123 movies movie streaming on their movie box. On the other hand, 123 movies's streaming service is available from Free with its Delta box and on theApple movie .
123movies: an over the top offer
Of course, you still have over the top access via your internet box ( and not your movie box ), directly from the 123movies site.
With a good broadband connection, 123 movies streaming in “over the top” mode works like any connected offer:
with a simple browser on your computer, PC or Mac
with a dedicated Android, Apple iOS or Windows Phone app for your tablet or smartphone
on certain connected game consoles, such as an Xbox
It is your 123 movies username and password that allow you to access the content that interests you, regardless of the device you have available at the time.
However, you should know that many Internet users who have already tested the offer have encountered access difficulties. This is particularly the case for subscribers to boxes running on Android: Bouygues subscribers with Bbox Miami and Freenautes (i.e. Free customers) subscribers to the Freebox Mini 4K . Multiple compatibility issues have arisen to complicate access to the service. On the other hand, the situation seems more favorable if you have Apple equipment, running on iOS.
Given the multiplicity of channels available, it's difficult to tell you if 123 movies movie streaming will work straight away on all your devices ... To find out more, do not hesitate to take advantage of the free trial offer offered by 123 movies. You will quickly know if the service is easily accessible with your current equipment (s).
movie streaming: 123 movies hits a big blow!
The great flexibility of movie streaming is very popular with viewers. This is quite normal: streaming quite simply allows you to get rid of any broadcast schedule to watch what you like, when you like and on all types of screens. No more movie programs, long live multi-accessible programs on movie, computer, smartphone or tablet, etc.
lord of the rings series
Suddenly the market is booming and today, competition is raging between the big names in the sector, who are fighting for exclusivity. In this area, 123 movies took advantage of its financial power to strike hard last November: in fact, the company put no less than $ 250 million on the table to acquire the television rights to Lord of the Rings ! A staggering amount which makes it, even before it goes into production, the most expensive series of all time. And this especially since it is already planned to unfold the episodes of the series over 5 seasons, each with a budget of around 200 million dollars ...
With the future exclusive broadcast of the television series adaptation of this huge blockbuster, the American giant offers a shock argument to its streaming platform. Thus, 123 movies is showing not only its muscles but also its ambitions in the movie streaming market, facing another giant: Netflix.
How about talking about programs?
123movies has positioned itself as a generalist streaming service , including in its offering both films and series, as well as documentaries and programs for young people. On the film side , there are mostly many classics, mainly American and few recent films such as Chiraq by Spike Lee, the first film produced by 123 movies in 2015. Some examples: Kill Bill , Carrie , Jurassic Park , Star Trek , Bienvenue à Gattaca... Unlike Netflix, 123 movies prefers not to offend cinema operators in France, with a cautious release policy. Thus, the first film released by 123movies before any theatrical release, The Big Sick , seems not to have found a buyer beforehand. This romantic comedy, presented at the Sundance Film Festival, has also received a good critical reception and is a good example of American independent cinema that can be found on movie streaming on 123 movies.
123movies also offers a vast catalog of series , some of which are exclusive like The Man in the High Castle (Le Maître du Haut Château) based on the best seller by Philip K. Dick ... The quality is at the rendezvous with Red Oaks or the critically acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel , who won two Golden Globes in January 2018: one for best comedy or musical series and the other for best actress in a comedy or musical series of her own. lead performer, Rachel Brosnahan.
Another audience success for the 123 movies video platform : The Grand Tour , the car show produced by the Top Gear team. And currently on top of the trend and still exclusive, 123movies offers access to the American Gods series . The first season of this fantastic series has already captivated many viewers and a second season is in the works. American Gods tells the story of a man who, on his release from prison, is recruited (at first, without his knowledge) by the ancient Norse god Odin who tries to rally other ancient gods to his cause in order to lead a war on America's newer gods of the car, the internet, television and the media ... enticing, isn't it?
Finally, other very good series are available on 123movies: Community , Preacher , Startup , Fear The Walking Dead , The Shield … 123movies programs also include Japanese animated films as well as documentaries and films for children. , but the “Kids” catalog is not yet very extensive.
123movies, how much is it?
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123 movies has developed a very attractive price offer, which has both a big advantage and a big drawback. Let's start with the most positive aspect: the price! Indeed, 123movies costs only € 5.99 / month. While the majority of movie streaming services are positioned compared to the leader Netflix with its basic offer from € 7.99 / month , such as CanalPlay which is billed to you € 9.99 / month.
123movies offers a more moderate price and above all designed according to a different logic. Indeed, 123 movies streaming is part of the Premium offer: yes, it is the same one that allows you to benefit, for example, from free delivery within one working day in mainland France ... This offer includes moreover five other services:
Twitch 123movies , benefits for those who have a Twitch account (free additional games, free channel subscription, playing ad-free lives and videos, etc.) or a reduction on the purchase of video games
123movies Photos , unlimited storage space on 123 movies Drive
The tariff benefits associated with other delivery methods
One Kindle eBook loaned for free each month from the Kindle Lending Library
Priority access to Flash Sales on the 123 movies.fr site.
At the time of writing, that is to say in April 2018, this service costs 49 € per year, without any commitment. If you are already an 123 movies Premium member in France, you can therefore access 123 movies's movie streaming without paying any extra.
This advantage - substantial - price question is all the same offset by a disadvantage - of size -: unlike its competitors, it is impossible to subscribe separately to the movie streaming service, if you are not interested. by other 123 movies services. A characteristic that may seem heavy to Internet users, by definition in love with freedom ...
123movies: a subscription without obligation!
The best way to experience 123movies is to take advantage of the 30-day free trial offer available on the 123 movies site. As soon as you have registered, you have direct access to video content, as well as to all the advantages described above (see 123movies, how much is it?). 123 movies promises you:
to be able to watch your programs wherever you want, either on the web or via the 123movies Video app for phones, tablets and certain connected movies. Your subscription allows you to watch content simultaneously on 3 devices.
access to more information about your content with X-Ray : identify the actors and the pieces of music, browse the biographies of the actors of your programs, discover anecdotes about your favorite films and series ...
to keep control of your data consumption on certain phones or tablets to avoid exceeding the data envelope of your plan.
After 30 days, your 123movies subscription is automatically renewed for € 5.99 / month. You can also choose, during your payment, to pay 49 € for a full year (which represents a saving of more than 20 € compared to the monthly rate).
You can unsubscribe from the 123movies program at any time by going to the Your Account page on the 123 movies site and adjusting your registration settings, or simply by contacting customer service. You may even be refunded the full 123movies program registration fee if you don't use it. Only registrations subscribed using a promotional code or a gift code are non-refundable.
movie streaming, how does it work?
For better screen comfort, it is of course advisable to favor high-speed Internet access in WiFi mode. When using on the go, the offline mode allows you to download content in advance and then watch it freely, without depending on network access. Unlike other movie streaming players, 123 movies does not limit downloads.
On your television : to date, 123 movies is not available on your movie box , whether you subscribe to Orange , Free , SFR / Altice or Bouygues Telecom . Of course, you can “cast” the programs from your computer with a Google Chromecast HDMI key, plugged directly into your movie. You can also acquire a Smart movie (ie a connected movie). Be careful, however, to the compatibility between the different devices, which is not always guaranteed ...
On your computer : The streaming service can be accessed from the 123 movies site or at the 123movies Video page. Identify yourself to access the catalog and choose what you want to watch. The programs are accessible with any up-to-date browser: films and series are available in several languages, with or without subtitles, in HD and some in Ultra HD. You can select the picture quality according to what your internet connection is capable of supporting.
On your smartphone or tablet : the 123movies application is available for Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets.
So, is it worth it?
123 movies has accumulated delays on Netflix and we can legitimately ask the question: is not it still too early to choose 123movies? Accessible at an attractive price, this service suffers from two flaws: it offers less content than its competitors (a difference which should tend to decrease over time) and is not accessible directly from your movie box (which, however, cannot be should not change anytime soon). Driven by curiosity, are you ready to forget these two drawbacks? So take advantage of 30 free days to get an idea.