This machine would be fine for watching movies either online or from DVD. Main thing to remember is to have updated video drivers and the proper codecs installed to view your movies (stuff inside browsers like Netflix and Hulu should "just work"). Unfortunately W8.x doesn't come with codecs for certain movie file formats (like W7 did!) so you might have to download an app like VLC that includes these codecs (or another app of your choosing). This will allow you to play DVD discs as well as files such as MKV, AVI, XVID, MPG, MP4, etc.