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Motherhood and on-demand movies changed the way I watch films – for the better

I used to be a slave to the video shop even before I had a baby. Then I became a slave to the virtual video shop, establishing myself as an early adopter of LoveFilm, poring over my choices online, snatching the red DVD parcels off the doormat, fretting over the inevitable loss of a disc. Then along came Kitty. Then about six weeks after her birth the realisation by my husband that it was possible to purchase films off the telly. Just like that. Point, enter pin, click and off you go.

I mourned going to the cinema, post-child. I had never understood why parents bleated on about why they were never able to go but it became clear: early showings clash with babies' bedtimes and later showings are just too damned late for sleepy parents. But »

- Esther Walker

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