Choosing An Online DVD Rental Service

In 2004 Net Flix recent class action suit because they started to throttling there customers. If you don’t know what throttling is it is slowing down how quickly the customer received new movies. The suit seems to have brought that tactic out in the open and I presume they will stop doing it or make the practice explicit in their terms of service. With that out of the way, Net Flix has the largest selection (circa 65,000 titles), competitive pricing, and probably the most sophisticated website, refined over several years of operations.

Blockbuster came a little late in the game. Blockbuster Online updated program is very similar to Net flix, but the biggest difference is that Blockbuster offers free in-store exchanges of there online rentals. The selection of movies was comparable (around 65,000 titles) and my DVDs arrived quickly. However, Blockbuster sweetens their online rental subscription with a free in-store movie rentals or game rental just for trying out there service, plus subscriber-only deals on in-store DVD purchases and most recently, free movie theatre tickets. Thus, for the same price as Net Flix and you’ll receive in-store goodies from a Blockbuster Onlinesubscription which NetFlix can not match. And in 2007, Blockbuster step up the benefits, now all Blockbuster online subscribers can get 3 for $20, instead of the normal 2 for $20. On there movies there selling.

This is going to get pretty interesting to see how Net flix is going to respond to this. Blockbuster has come out pretty strong, so whatever Netflix next move is it better be pretty good. But right now Blockbuster once again has shown to be the mega giant in renting movies.

Why Rent Movies Online? Is it More Convenient Than in a Store?

The internet is changing many industries today, even how we rent movies to watch in our homes. The traditional movie rental store is being replaced by companies that offer the option to rent many movies online. And there are many advantages when you rent movies online as opposed to in store, here are some of them;

  • Less travel time and costs- you don’t have to travel at all and can rent movies online from the comfort of your own home.
  • More availability of titles – there is more chance of getting the movie you want in stock as there are more titles available online.
  • Saves time- you can find titles quicker and can organize them in your favorites list. The movies arrive in your mailbox with a convenient mailer to mail it back when you are done.
  • Saves money- no late fees (you can keep the movie as long as you want), lower rental fees and there are no mailing costs.
  • Easy- let me explain how the process to rent movies online works;

First you sign up to Blockbuster or Netflix, these are 2 of the best companies right now. They both have several plans to choose from depending on how many movies you can watch. Once you pick your preferred plan, you make a list of movies that you want to see including new releases. If your movie happens to be out of stock, they will pick another on your list to send out to you free. You send the movie back (for free) once you have watched it.

The bottom line is that if you rent movies online you save time, money and get to do things more your way which will leave you more time to take care of more important things. It is definitely more convenient to rent movies online than in store.

How Can You Rent the Latest Movie Releases Closer to the Release Date?

Usually the more popular a new release, the harder it is to rent. This is the case with traditional stores as well as online.

If the movie you want to rent is not immediately available, both Netflix and Blockbuster suggest how long your wait time will be when you add that movie to your rental queue. When you rent at Netflix, they use the terms “Short Wait”, “Long Wait”, and “Very Long Wait”.

According to Netflix, a “Short Wait” means your wait time to rent a movie will be less than two weeks. “Long Wait” means less than 30 days, and “Very Long Wait” means less than four months.

Another thing to keep in mind when you rent movies online, is what position you place the movie in your list. For example, if you list Harry Potter 6 at the very top of your favorites list, you will receive it sooner than if you rank it third or fourth.

How does Blockbuster compare to Netflix? Until recently, consumers still ranked Netflix above Blockbuster in the online movie rental business. But that may be changing. Currently, wait times for new releases at Blockbuster Online tend to be shorter than at Netflix.

That’s especially true when it comes to Blu-ray, because Blockbuster has a greater volume of Blu-ray discs than Netflix. And you may know that you get charged extra for Blu Ray at Netflix.

With Blockbuster, this is not the case. Blockbuster also has a list of high-demand new releases which are guaranteed to be in-stock, but Netflix does not offer such a guarantee. Furthermore, Blockbuster’s “Guaranteed In-Stock” policy applies whether you rent movies online or from a store.

Game rentals are also offered at Blockbuster. So if you like to play games, only blockbuster offer them.

How much do rental plans cost? Rental plans at both Netflix and Blockbuster cost the same. You can rent either 1, 2 or 3 movies at a time. These plans cost $8.99, $13.99 and $16.99. Both companies offer the usual options to keep the movie as long as you want with no late fees. If you want to rent and return movies in store, Blockbuster will charge a little extra. These plans cost $11.99, $16.99 and $19.99 per month.

Why choose Blockbuster? If you’re deciding where to rent movies online, the availability of Blu-ray at no additional cost and the “Guaranteed In-Stock” policies are two good reasons to choose Blockbuster over Netflix.