Netflix is the highest value place to rent movies, and especially if you watch a lot of movies. The system will recommend movies to you, and record your reviews of movies. Netflix also has a state of the art mailing system that gets you new movies 2-3 days after you’ve returned your old movie.
Netflix allows you to rent TV series as well, which is a great way to watch HBO TV shows if you do not have HBO.
The only drawback to Netflix is that you may not feel like watching the movies you receive by mail anymore by the time you get them. You may have felt like a horror movie three days ago, but now you want a comedy. Also, I get annoyed at myself if I order a movie and I don’t watch it right away. After all, the sooner I get it in the mail the sooner I get a new movie.
Yes, they do have instant view movies and TV shows. Some of these options are great (I watched a lot of Tudors on there, and fell in love with the series). But most of them are old or unpopular. I love the format of instant view movies much more than watching a DVD, but the selection of movies is not very good.
If you do get Netflix, and plan on using the instant view, get the device called the Roku.
There are several other options to stream movies, but Roku uses the least amount of energy, and is the easiest to operate.
A final note on Netflix instant view. When I have guests over I can easily put something appropriate on for the background. When kids come over for example, I can play a Disney movie with 3 minutes of effort on my part.
Redbox has a great selection of new release movies.
They have changed the way movies are released so that Redbox is the last to get the new releases. So you can find the very new releases at Blockbuster, but not in Redbox. They have also started carrying blu-ray. I have never (and hopefully never will) be a fan of blu-ray. I can’t wait for the day when everything is in instant view format. Disks scratch, they don’t remember where you left a movie, and they have a way of forcing you to watch previews and commercials you don’t want to see. The blu-ray movies are also dwindling down the regular DVD selection, which could be the root cause of my dislike for blu-ray movies being carried in Redbox kiosks.
But if you don’t like having to commit to another monthly bill, Redbox is a great way to rent a DVD or blu-ray. You can return Redbox movies to any other Redbox. I have returned a Colorado Redbox movie in Arizona, without any problems.
Little known fact, you can reserve movies for Redbox and they will be waiting for you and only you at the kiosk. If you are looking for a particular movie, this is definitely a plus.
Ah, Blockbuster. Blockbuster has tried its best to compete with Netflix and Redbox, and has not done a very good job. They tried offering no late fees, which simply dwindled down the in store supply of movies. They tried a mail order service to try to compete with Netflix. Had they (and I guess they still could) made their mail order system as good as Netflix, or better, than they would stand a fighting chance. However, Blockbusters mail order system is extremely slow. I would wait a week for a movie, and with Netflix I would wait 2-3 days TOPS. With Netflix, the post office will actually scan your movie and let Netflix know it has been returned long before Netflix actually receives it. This means you get your new movie super fast. Blockbuster has no such technology, and the result is very slow delivery.
The one thing I used to like about them is the in store unlimited rentals. They keep changing (raising) the rates of these plans. Their front desk people can be very slow, and it would sometimes take me 15 minutes to check out. It is pretty obvious the front desk people do not get paid very well, and they do act like they are doing you a favor by checking you out sometimes.
However, going to a movie store is fun, and I enjoy being able to walk around and pick my movie with my husband. The prices are so high, we just can’t justify the expense anymore.