Best Online Rental Sites for DVD Movies / Games

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DVDs Only DVDs + Games Games Only
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Top Programs

Unlimited streaming plan ($7.99/mo)

3 DVDs at a time ($15.99/mo)
2 DVDs at a time ($11.99/mo)
1 DVD at a time ($7.99/mo)
1 DVD at a time ($4.99/mo
limit 2 a month.

Current Promotions

1-month free trial

Notable

• Leading Online DVD Rental/Instant provider
Over 40 distribution centers and growing will get your movies to you the fastest across the US.
• Over 100,000 Titles
• Includes Blu-Ray movies for additional charge .
• Watch unlimited movies online from your computer or TV with your subscription. Over 12,000 "watch instantly" titles available and growing fast. Now Available through XBox One, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, XBox 360, PS3, Wii, TIVO, and some stand alone players!

A lot of the movies for Watch Instantly are in HD (but your quality depends on your system and internet speed).

Go to NetflixNetflix rental site




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Top Programs

3 DVDs at a time ($21.95/mo)
2 DVDs at a time ($14.95/mo)
1 DVD at a time ($9.95/mo)

Notable

• Largest Collection of Indie Films & Cult Classics Anywhere
• 30,000 Titles
• Ships from California - (Indicate when you have mailed to get your next movies faster.)

Go to GreenCineGreenCine rental site



Well it looks like another one bites the dust. Blockbuster no longer offers it's DVD/Game by mail service, only a streaming/Dish network on-demand type service.

Fortunately it looks like Gamefly will start offering DVDs and Blu-rays soon so we'll at least have one option!!



Blockbuster GamezNFlix
Intelliflix

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Top Programs

2 Games at a time ($22.95/mo)
1 Game at a time ($15.95/mo)

Current Promotions

$12.95 for first month for 2-game plan, $8.95 for 1-game plan. -  Or 10-day free trial.
Up to 15% off gift memberships.

Notable

• Leading Online Game Rental provider
• Currently in Beta for providing DVDs/Blu Rays!
• Over 8,000 Titles
• XBox One, XBox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, Playstation Vita, PSP games (and more).
• Discounted preowned games for members.
View Distribution Centers (new shipping center on east coast).

Go to GameFly Gamefly rental site


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Top Programs

2 Games at a time ($24.95/mo)
1 Game at a time ($17.95/mo)

Current Promotions

$14.95 for first month for 1-game plan

Notable
• More shipping centers than GameFly.
• Over 4,500 Titles
• XBox, XBox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, GameCube, GBA, Nintendo DS, and PSP Games.

Go to Gamerang Gamerang rental site



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How Online Renting Works

The trend has moved away from traditional video rental chains and towards online video rentals. If you're new to online movies or game rentals let me tell you it's so much better than renting from your local video store. The way these online rental sites work is that you pay a monthly fee to rent as many games or movies you want with up to 3 out at a time (or more or less depending on the deal you choose). To select the titles you want browse or search for them on their website and compile a prioritized list of what you want to see (or play). They will send you titles from your list to you through the mail and when you're finished with a title simply drop it in the mail and they will send you the next title in your queue. It's as simple as that. No Late Fees. They pay shipping both ways. This is the way rentals should be done!

Recommendations:

Netflix is the industry leader for DVD rentals - they have an excellent selection of titles, excellent service and very quick turn-around times (with over 40 distribution centers). Netflix also offers unlimited free movies for download with most of their plans. You can currently watch the movies on your TV with the Roku box or on your XBox 360 (requires live gold), and many other compatible devices are coming. The other big player Blockbuster has identical pricing for their online-only program. The real advantage to Blockbuster is it's Total Access program - that allows you to return rentals to a Blockbuster store for free rentals for each envelop. Blockbuster also recently started a download program, but their's is on a pay-per-view pricing level rather than free unlimited like Netflix. They are also introducing set-top boxes to use on your tv with the download system. On the gaming side Gamefly is an excellent service that gives you 2 games out at a time. They also have an excellent selection and quick turn-around times. If you're interested in only movies or only games or want the largest selection and quickest turn-around times I would stick to Netflix, Blockbuster or Gamefly.

As I mentioned in the table, the combined DVD/Game programs (Intelliflix and GamezNFlix) are gone. If you want both movies and games I would suggest to use Netflix and Gamefly.

Remember most of the sites offer free trials - you can always quit if the service doesn't live up to your expectations.

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