Ways to Watch a Movie

MOVIES AT HOME: Renting

We all know the economy sucks. Everybody is cutting down on extra purchases and things they don’t necessarily need. Movies are an easily dispensable purchase. If money is tight, then of course it’s logical to cut down on a few movie outings. Well below are a few ways to watch films in a more wallet friendly way.

Redbox

Pros:

* Open 24/7
* Only cost a dollar
* Can return rented DVD to any redbox

Cons:

* Fines if forget to return DVD
* Can’t pay with cash

These are giant red boxes with a touch screen on the front. They are usually located at Super-marts such as Wal-Mart and pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. You must to have a credit card to rent the movie. Otherwise everyone would just put a dollar bill and not return the DVD. If you forget to return it then you will be charged are fine on your credit card. I had a friend that forgot they rented a movie from Redbox and left in their car for about a month. Only remembering that they had rented a movie after they saw all the fines on their credit statements. Needless to say they got charged pretty penny for the fees/fines. So if you do go with this convenient choice for renting a movie, just make sure you read Redboxs’ policies and terms and return the DVD with 24 hours of renting it. To find a Redbox location near you check out the official Redbox website.

Library

Pros:

* Completely FREE
* What’s better than free

Cons:

* Not newest movies
* Library hours

I think people forget that you can rent movies, CDs, books for free at libraries. If you don’t belong to a library find one through Publiclibraries.com. It lists all the public libraries in the United States. Find you state, then your city; it will list all the public libraries in your city; their addresses, phone numbers, and a link to their website if they have one. Most of the time all you have to do to set up an account at a library is show them a valid address. My local library has an amazing collection of DVDs. They have rated Rs, documentaries, TV show seasons, and even some DVDs that I couldn’t find in a movie store. You can usually rent up to two weeks, that’s a whole lot better than the one-nighters from most movie renting stores. The only thing missing from a library are the late working hours. Most libraries close at 5 to 7pm on the weekdays. If you have a job then it can be a challenge to reach the library at its visiting hours, but hey who ever free didn’t come with a price.

Netflix

Pros:

* Watch movies online anytime
* Rented movies sent in mail
* Low cost

Cons:

* Only certain movies available online
* Availability changes

Netflix is a very convenient way to rent movies. You can rent movies and have them sent your address, and you just send them back when you are done. You can also sign up for Netflix online. If you get an account online you can access it anytime and stream movies instantly to your computer or TV. The only issue with the instant streaming is that some of their movies are not available to watch to stream with your computer/TV. They have a only certain amount of movies that you can watch instantly. They also rotate the movies that are available instantly. This is a good and a bad thing, for example if you want to watch a movie that you didn’t get to finish previously it might not be available anymore, but on the other hand there will always be a nice mix up and new movies available to you. I have a Netflix account and let me tell you that is an outstanding collection of movies. It is definitely worth the $8.99 a month.

Downloading Movies Online – What Is There To Know?

It is getting really easy to find the right places for downloading movies online. Just head to Google and type the term “download full DVD movies”, “online movie downloads” or other words carrying the same meaning and you are likely to find millions of search results. The truth is, many of these are simply not worth your time, effort and money when it comes to downloading movies online.

Please pay attention to what are the factors we look at in a movie download site so that you can do your own independent review of other download sites for movies.

1. Number and Selection of Movie Downloads

The selection available must be huge enough in order for you to find what you need. They need to offer you old movies and the latest blockbusters. Be sure to check out whether they update their selection regularly. It is normal to expect millions of movie files available.

2. Number of Customers

Frankly, it is always safer to stick with the more established download sites. Find out how many people are already downloading movies online from the sites. The more the merrier. If you have 1 million happy customers at Site A as compared with 50,000 at Site B, it becomes obvious that Site A is a better choice.

3. Free Software Provided

The movie download sites should provide the necessary software for you to download movies easily. If they still charge you for the software, ditch them. There are better ones that can offer you free download software to do the job.

4. Fast Download Speeds

I do not know about you but download speeds matter a great deal to me. Downloading movies online can consume a lot of server resources and unless the site is ready for the tonnage, they are probably best avoided.

5. Excellent Technical Support

Try speaking with the technical support to find out if they are proficient in their work. There are sites which provide full 24/7 support and these are true gems when it comes to troubleshooting should you encounter problems when downloading movies online.

Get these 5 in place and you are ready to download your favorite movies to watch over the weekend. Check out my movie blog if you want to read a review of several top movie download sites where you can get started downloading movies online in a couple of minutes from now.

The Changing Face of Movie Rentals

Renting movies on VHS or DVD is, by far, the most popular form of entertainment in America. More Americans regularly rent movies than go to professional baseball, football, and basketball games combined! What’s not to love? With television screens growing bigger by the year and movies going from the theatre to VHS and DVD faster than ever, it’s no wonder movie rentals are at an all-time high. It’s also a lot cheaper than watching in the theatre, especially when you add in soaring gas prices and the $2.50 it takes just to get a small bag of popcorn!

Movies in the Mail? Flying under the radar in this growing phenomenon is the increasing popularity of movie rentals that are delivered through the US Mail. Over the past few years, two leading services – NetFlix and BlockBuster – have steadily grown in terms of the numbers of users and the variety of movies they stock. In an increasingly time-crunched world, where people feel they have less and less free time, getting movies in the mail just makes a lot of sense. Here’s how it works.

First, you need Internet access. You simply surf to the Netflix.com or Blockbuster.com web sites and sign up for their services. Both offer nifty free trials, so there’s literally no reason not to give one or both a shot! Once you’ve registered for movie rentals by mail, you simply browse through their online libraries of available movies and choose those you’d like to receive. This builds a personalized queue that you can change anytime you wish. You can add movies, remove others, and even set the order in which you want to receive them. Both services offer different levels of membership, where you can keep more movies out by paying a bit more each month (after your free trial ends). The prices are very reasonable ($10-$50 per month for 1-8 movie rentals at any given time). Perhaps the best thing about renting movies this way (aside from not having to drive to the store and hope they have what you want) is that there are no late fees! You can keep movies out as long as you want. How convenient is that!?

Which Service is Best? Both NetFlix and BlockBuster offer comparable prices for their movie rental plans. However, whereas Netflix is purely an online service, BlockBuster has a large network of walk-in rental stores all over the country. This gives the edge to BlockBuster because of one additional free service they offer that Netflix cannot match: free in-store rentals. BlockBuster issues its mail service members printable coupons they can download from their web browsers for free movie rentals in retail locations every week. As long as you live near one of their stores, this is a significant bonus that makes their service a better deal overall than that offered by NetFlix. If the in-store coupons are not a factor for you, consider that NetFlix has a better movie-queuing process which might make it the better option for those who do not live alone.

With NetFlix, you have the option of keeping more than one movie queue. This is very convenient for families, so that family members can choose movies that perhaps they like but no one else cares about. No one is left out! (As of the time of this writing, BlockBuster appears to be working on adding this option, but it is currently not available.) Regardless of which service you choose, most users report high rates of satisfaction. The one negative is the limiting factor both services apply to members who get and return the maximum number of movie rentals in their plan extremely quickly. If, for example, you pay for three movies at a time and don’t keep any of them longer than a day or two consistently, you may find that the companies begin to extend the time it takes to get subsequent movies in the mail. This is done to keep shipping costs down. Even if this does happen to you, however, you’ll still get a lot more movies for a lot less money than you would by paying visits to a local video store.