Nowadays, you don’t have to wait a lengthy amount of time for a new movie release to be available for rent. Within four to six months of a theatre premiere, most films can be rented on DVD through a local video store or an online service.
For convenience purposes, many people choose to rent movies online these days. This service is offered through companies such as Blockbuster and Netflix. And, if you are interested in signing up for a service that meets your needs, this article explains how each works and how they differ.
How does Blockbuster work? Blockbuster ships movies to you by post. When using Blockbuster online to rent new releases or classic films, you can enjoy the benefits of keeping the movie as long as you desire, never having to pay a late fee and the shipping is free.
Customers can fill their rental queue with requested movies and receive their DVDs in the mail upon availability. Blockbuster offers 2 ways to rent movies online: films can be delivered and returned through the mail or, delivered by mail and returned to a store in exchange for free or discounted rentals.
Blockbuster is for you if you prefer to rent and return movies in store. They also offer game rentals.
How Does Netflix Work? The Netflix service is similar to Blockbuster in that the movies are delivered on a first come first served basis and customers are not responsible for paying late fees or returning their rentals by a certain due date.
Although Netflix does not have any store locations or offer game rentals, they have a huge selection of movies to choose from so finding a title you like that is available more likely.
So what does one service offer that the other doesn’t? The range of titles available at both is vast. Finding a good selection of your favourite shows or movies shouldn’t be a problem. However, one may have more of a certain type of film than the other. So this is worth checking before you sign up.
Netflix will charge you extra to rent on Blu Ray and they don’t offer game rentals. You cannot rent and return films in a bricks and mortar type store as you can with Blockbuster. They both allow you to watch movies instantly on your PC or gaming device.
So if you don’t mind paying extra for Blu Ray, then Netflix is best because of the range of titles on offer. If you want to rent games and rent/return movies in store too, Blockbuster is best.
Similar plans at Blockbuster and Netflix cost about the same. Blockbuster will charge extra for in store returns.