Is renting movies really a thing of the past?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
June 29, 2009 9:42pm CST
I have just recently (within the last year) joined blockbuster.com. I pay like $20 something a month and I can rent all the movies I want to, with only 3 movies out at a time. We will watch at least 3 movies a week this way and have sometimes gone into the store to get our free movie rental there too. I've just been hearing a lot lately that renting movies is a thing of the past and that you should now do pay-per-view or video-on-demand. If we watched the same amount of movies through the TV that we watch by renting, our bill would be outrageous! And, there are quite a few times where I want to watch a movie on demand but they don't have it. I thought on demand was anything you wanted. Well, if it's showing on a premium channel that you have you can't watch it on demand. At least that's how it is with my tv company. Do you still rent movies or is everything through the tv?
5 responses
@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
1 Jul 09
I rent movies from redbox. It is only a dollar a day and they are really convienent. There are redboxes at all the winn dixies and walmarts near where i live. And you can rent at one and return it to any one.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
1 Jul 09
My sister loves redbox, but I'm good with blockbuster.com. I know there are alot of redboxes around, but that means I'd have to go to it, this way I just drop it in my mailbox.
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@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
1 Jul 09
my husband like netflix. but i like to able to go get the movie when i feel like watching it.
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@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
1 Jul 09
We still rent movies. I am a member of Netflix and I spend far less with them than I would if I ordered movies on demand via time warner cable. I think movies on demand are at least $3.99 per movie. I could not afford that. With Netflix, I get 3 movies at a time, unlimited monthly movies and it costs me $18.56 a month. Much cheaper than movies on demand for me.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
3 Jul 09
That's how I feel about Blockbuster.com. It's so totally worth it!
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
30 Jun 09
Its not a thing of the past for me - my satellite dish isnt compatible with pay per view and i dont have the patience for a download of a movie on dialup! I do know theres sites out there that one can watch tv or even movies on line for free...it makes me wish quite often that i had highspeed.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
1 Jul 09
If I download the movie on the web then I can't sit on my couch and be cumfy. I'd just as soon rent the movie...
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
3 Jul 09
I think if i downloaded a movie I'd connect my computer to my tv (mine has all the connections for to the tv) and watch it. But honestly my monitor for my pc is almost as big as my little tv, (i have a umm 20" tv and was so thrilled when i got it cause before i had a 13" one my mon itor is a 17 or 19")
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I don't know that I have the hookups for that, but now that I have the Wii, there is a TV close to my computer... Something for me to think about!
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@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Nahhhh - I don't think renting is a thing of the past. For $20 a month (which is not bad for three movies out at a time) - let's just say you take out 3 per week. In four weeks - you've taken out 12 movies. That's basically $1.67 per movie. And I don't think blockbuster charges additional for blu-ray either. It's a good deal. Good job!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I don't need blue-ray yet, so I don't know about that. I think it's a pretty good deal though. Sometimes it's pretty cool because we'll get a movie and not even remember why we put it on the list in the first place!
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
30 Jun 09
We still rent movies. If we want to watch a movie, we will first check the free n demand area of our cable, if it isn't there, generally, we will go to the movie rental store and rent it. Once in a while, we will order one on pay per view though if it wasn't in at the store. Our video store started a program that is a lot like net flix or blockbuster on-line. We have the option of paying so much per month and renting so many movies and games or we can go the traditional way and just pay regular price. We still use the last option because we don't rent too often.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Even though we have some 400-odd channels, there's usually nothing to watch... We don't watch a movie every night, but it's nice to know we've usually got something there if we want to. I don't like going to Blockbuster in person though because it's not really on the way anywhere. And once I'm home I usually tend to stay in for the night.