If you are an avid movie watcher and don't like the hassle of going to the movie theatres or wrestling for the latest releases at the movie store, then why not rent movies online? There are many companies that offer this service. Two of the most popular are Blockbuster and Netflix.
How do the online rental plans work and how much do they cost?
With Netflix, you can get an unlimited amount of rentals for as little as $ 8.99 per month. This plan will only allow you to hold 1 movie at a time, which in reality would limit you to about 7 or 8 rentals per month when you factor in the shipping time.
For $ 16.99, you can have up to 3 movies at home at any one time, which would allow you to rent over 20 movies per month which is less than $ 1 per rental. Compare this to movie rental stores which now cost close to $ 5 per rental for new releases. This makes it much cheaper to rent movies online. Netflix also offer a plan for 2 movies for $ 13.99.
Blockbuster offer the same plans at the same price as Netflix. They also offer the option to exchange in store too. These plans are $ 11.99, $ 16.99 and $ 19.99.
One tricky thing when you rent movies online, is obtaining the hottest and newest releases on the release date. The amount of time it takes to get the newest release can depend on a few things. If you're interested in seeing a new release and you want to rent it, it can take over a week for you receive the new release. If you don't want to wait that long there are other ways to get the movie sooner.
How do you get hold of the latest releases fast?
When you want to rent movies online, you will be required to complete a list of movies you want to see. On Netflix, the longer you have a new release on the top of your list, the better chance you will have of receiving the new release on the release date.
Movies are normally available to be put on your list a couple months before they are actually released. Once your target movie is available, put it on your list immediately. This will secure the best chance of getting it faster.
Another great advantage of the online rental systems is that you can keep track of the latest releases a lot easier so you have a better chance of getting the new release sooner.