Add this site to your bookmarks because I guarantee you, at some point, you’re going to need it. CanIStream.it is a new search engine that shows you where you can stream, rent, download and buy movies. The site checks the libraries at Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and Hulu and provides links to the appropriate listings. And if a movie isn’t available, you can sign up for CanIStream.it, set a reminder and the service will email you when the movie’s availability changes.
The service is a side project from the team at UrbanPixels, a NY-based technology consulting, branding and design firm, who says they built the site because they were in need of something like this. (As were we all).
Thanks to all the competing services, the ever-changing content deals between movie studios and streaming providers and the maddening decision by some studios to enforce a 28-day window between DVD releases and streaming availability, it’s hard to know what’s available where, in what format and when. But now you can just search CanIStream.it.
There really isn’t much to using the service – you just enter a query and hit enter. Each search result has four icons: one for streaming, one for a digital rental, one for downloads and the last for where you can purchase the DVD. Click the link for the service where you want to view or buy the movie and you’re redirected there. That’s it.
My only complaint? It would be nice if they added TV shows, too.
UrbanPixels Co-Founder Alex Petrescu says they’re not in it for the money – they just wanted to build a tool for the community to use.