My kids have video on demand without being subscribed to a video on demand service. It's my husband who takes care. Whatever they want to see, he gets it to them. Big advantage is that they usually want to see something we already have; they watch the same movie over and over again. We have a huge collection of dvd's and they are all heavily used. Watching a movie makes them relaxed and I think it's not a bad thing. As long as they also play outside, run, jump, play football, etcetera there is a good balance.