We've subscribed to Netflix for a couple of years and get both instant viewing on our TV via the internet (many newer TV's have built-in WiFi so you don't need a Roku or PlayStation box to do this) and you also get one DVD at a time - all for a modest monthly fee of $8.99. We've been watching a lot of English TV series and Gay themed movies. We really like the Donald Strachey mystery series that aired on "here! TV" - which we don't get on Dish.
The series stars cute gay actor Chad Allen (who has a long list of TV and Film credits) who, in the series plays Donald Strachey, a gay "butch" private detective in Albany, NY. (The series is actually filmed in Toronto, I think). The story lines are well written, the videography is very well done with a hint of the old fashioned detective movie feel, and the actors are excellent. Each movie also deals with gay issues like harassment, discrimination, DADT, suicide, reparative therapy, etc. and presents a very realistic portrayal of gay characters. The issues are superbly interwoven with the storyline, are not preachy or political - but very thoughtful and reasoned. And the movies are highly entertaining with some eye candy to boot. (The only flaw I found with the filming was that the Toronto weather did not always correspond to the sequence of scenes in one episode.) Not a lot of violence, and no ear-piercing soundtracks. Highly Recommended. So, put the popcorn in the microwave and check out the following on DVD: On the Other Hand Death, Shock to the System, Third Man Out and Ice Blues.