Until a few years ago, the Tamil diaspora had to be content with watching big budget mainstream movies since these were the only ones assured of a release overseas in theaters. The offbeat and small budget films never made it to screens abroad, while downloading them on Torrent was time-consuming and came with no guarantee of picture quality. However, of late, providers of on-demand Internet streaming media have started to legally release Tamil films for foreign audiences that can be accessed for a subscription fee anywhere, anytime. Most of them are released a few weeks after the theatrical release and in high definition quality and with surround sound. The online streaming is instant and compatible with multiple devices such as ipads, phones and televisions.