It's the weekend and that means it's once again time to leave the dross the regular terrestrial channels serve up on a Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and aim for the streaming services instead.

Surely it's far better to catch a movie or TV show you haven't seen before - or even one of your favourites - rather than watch countless programmes about antiques? Or countless programmes hosted by antiques?

Instead, chuck on your streaming device - such as a Roku set-top-box or Streaming Stick - and head to one of the video streaming channels or apps. Here are our weekly highlights to give you somewhere to start.

We've even managed to avoid the Valentine's Day nonsense. This is a romcom-free zone...

AmazonMad Dogs

Originally a four series TV show made by Sky for the UK, Amazon snapped up the US rights and is in the process of remaking it with a different set of actors. So while the British version starred John Simm, Philip Glenister, Marc Warren and ex-Take That drummer Max Beesley, the new remake features Steve Zahn, Romany Malco, Ben Chaplin and The Sopranos' Michael Imperiolli.

The plot is the similar though, with the four friends invited to Belize by an old friend - this time played by Billy Zane - and subsequently get caught up in a crime caper, with dark comedic twists.

Legendary PicturesCrimson Peak 1

Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Jessica Chastain (The Martian) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) star in Guillermo del Toro's gothic, creepy and gory love story that evokes feelings of Hammer House of Horror classics of the past. Maybe that's why Wasikowka's character is called Edith Cushing - in homage to Peter Cushing perhaps?

It is available to buy digitally from a number of different services, with rental options no doubt arriving in the coming weeks. And while there is an unmistakably romantic tone about it, there's no denying that Crimson Peak is far from normal Valentine's Day fare if you fancy something different.

20th Century FoxThe X-Files

The long-awaited return of Mulder and Scully was finally screened in the UK this week so the first episode is now available to watch for free on Channel 5's catch-up service.

On iOS, Android devices and in-browser, Demand 5 is now called My5. However, it will take a while for other devices to get the rebranded service, so you will still find it listed as Demand 5 elsewhere - on Roku boxes, for example.

Universal PicturesFast and Furious 7

The last in the Fast & Furious series to star Paul Walker for his untimely and ironic death in a car accident is also the strongest in the franchise by far. That's in no small part to an amazing ensemble cast that includes the return of many favourites, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Jason Statham also gets a bigger role this time around, as an avenging bad guy taking out the old crew. But again, the real stars are the cars and stunts. Great Saturday night action stuff.

Paramount PicturesZoolander

With Zoolander 2 hitting cinemas the chance to catch-up with the original, fantastic Zoolander for the first time, or fiftieth time in our case, is too good to pass up.

It's available on Netflix to stream for as part of a subscription now. Alternatively, if you don't have a Netflix account, you could always rent it as a one-off from a number of other streaming services instead.


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