Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England is out on video on-demandtoday – the same day that it is released in cinemas, on DVD and Blu-ray and shown on Film4 on the telly. But what if it’s not in a cinema near you? What if you missed it on TV? VOD is the answer.
But where can you watch A Field in England online?
We put on our Civil War capes and round up your VOD options:
1. PC/TV: iTunes – Buy: £13.99 (HD), £9.99 (SD) / Rent: £4.49 (HD), £3.49 (SD)
This is probably the easiest way to buy or rent A Field in England online. If you already have an iTunes account, a quick download later and you have a digital version ready to go on your computer, your iPhone and your iPad. If you have an Apple TV, even better.
2. PC: Film4oD – Rent (£3.49)
After being broadcast on Film4, it’s only natural that Film4oD should take charge of the online distribution campaign, giving viewers a way to rent something bound to appeal to their niche horror tastes. There’s a problem, though, in that FIlm4oD is only available on PC or Mac – great if you want to hide under your duvet, but not so great if you were planning to gibber quietly behind the sofa.
3. TV: Virgin Movies On-Demand
Virgin Media’s On-Demand service is a great way to easily watch something straight on your TV and at standard prices. The only catch? You need to be a Virgin customer with a Virgin set top box.
How to stream and watch iTunes on your TV
But even iTunes with its all-round compatibility has an inconvenience attached: the fact that you can’t connect it to a non-Apple TV. Luckily, that’s only a minor inconvenience if you have an HDMI-out port on your computer.
If not, and you own a PS3, this might help…
1. Download PS3 Media Server
Google “PS3 Media Server” and you’ll find a handy little plugin (watch out for any malware/viruses/etc that may result from your internet browsing/downloading) that turns your computer (Mac or PC) into a media server. Using your Wi-Fi connection, it can then broadcast video, music or photos to your PS3 in the other room.
2. Set up PS3 Media Server
On your PS3, go to Network Settings and make sure media servers are enabled. The programme should then detect your console automatically. All you have to do is go to your Shared Folder and choose which folder you would like to share with DropBox.
3. Disable subtitles
If your film isn’t in another language and it won’t play (you’re getting an error message 800288E1 instead), then open PS3 Media Server on your computer, go to Transcoding Settings and click “Definitely disable subtitles”. As long as it’s not in foreign, it should be fine.
On your PS3, go to Videos, then find your PS3 Media Server. From there, you can browse through the folders on your computer and choose what to watch from the comfort of your own couch.
And there you have it: the three ways you can watch A Field in England on-demand. Now you have no excuse not to own it in some form over the month. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
For more on A Field in England read our review – or head to the official site.