Do you rent movies in a store or online?

@thyst07 (2091)
United States
September 16, 2009 10:18pm CST
I've seen it in the news that the Blockbuster chain is going to be closing approximately 1/3 of their stores in the United States. It seems like online movie rentals from Netflix have made movie rental stores just about obsolete. I'm sure there are still people who rent from stores, though, otherwise Blockbuster would be closing all of their stores. Are you a person who still uses a movie rental store, or have you jumped on the Netflix bandwagon?
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• Philippines
17 Sep 09
several years ago, i was into renting movies from vcd/dvd stores. but eversince i learned how to download films from the internet, i never rented again. i guess downloading is much cheaper than renting.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Downloading is cheaper, but you have to be careful that the movies you're downloading are legitimate and legal. I've seen so many lawsuits over illegally downloaded materials that I just don't think it's worth the risk.
@AniruS (258)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I rent movies online, and to be precise from Netflix. I did tryout Blockbuster for a while but I do not have enough time to go to the store. Also it is very disappointing when you go to the score and find out that the movie that you want to see is not available in the store. According to me it is a waste of time and effort. Through Netflix, you can choose your movie and it arrives in the mail. The only disadvantage with netflix is that you may be in a situation without a movie but that is now taken care by netflix online streaming. Online streaming is the way where we are now heading to and Netflix has already started creating a space for itself. I do not see Blockbuster making any efforts for this. I am sure if Blockbuster does not provide service as per customer requirements there will be a day when it will have to close down all its shops.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I agree with you. Blockbuster is not doing well as a business because they simply aren't keeping up in terms of customer service, pricing, and availability. They do have their online movie rentals like Netflix, but it costs about $4 more per month, so why use it? Their in-store rentals are more expensive and less convenient than Netflix, too. I think the only way they could compete at this point is to make themselves less expensive than Netflix and, like you said, add online streaming video to their service.
• United States
17 Sep 09
For the most part I just rent my movies off of my cable and avoid having to mess with anything but watching it!! I rent from redbox off and on and love being able to get any movie for a dollar a night!! I can't remember the last time that I actually went to a movie store to rent movies and when I do I always go to a home town one instead of any of the big chains. Blockbuster is coming up with a lot of ideas though to compete and I am sure that they will be around for a long time to come. It is sad that a lot of people will be losing their jobs with the store closings but that seems to be something we are all getting all to familiar with.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
We stopped getting cable service a couple of months ago to save money. We didn't really use it much, and a Netflix subscription is cheaper than keeping the cable just to watch movies. But I agree that pay-per-view movies are really convenient.
• United States
17 Sep 09
I rent most all of my movies from RedBox machines now. It is very easy and conveinint, as there is a machine located in the store which i work at. Only a buck a night too! Otherwise i watch a lot of movies through the "on Demand" feature i have with my cable provider. It is a little more expensive than redbox (at $3 per movie) but i don't have to hope the title i want is in....and i can rent a movie at midnight if the urge hits.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I've never tried Redbox, and probably won't. Most of the time I wouldn't be able to return the movie the next day, so the dollar per day would add up until it was more expensive than a regular movie rental anyway. If it's where you work, though, I bet it's pretty convenient.
• United States
18 Sep 09
I dunno....most places around here cost like 4 bucks for a new movie rental, granted, you get to keep it for three days, but that is still more expensive than redbox...and the plus side of redbox is that if you live in an area where there is more than one kiosk (and i am in a SMALL area, and we have two with in 5 miles of my house) you can return it to ANY redbox kiosk, it doens't have to go back to the one you rented it from. The other thing i like, is that since i signed up with their website, i occasionally get emails and test messages with codes for a free one night rental...
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
17 Sep 09
OMG this is a great post. I used to go to Blockbuster until they closed down in my area. Now I use netflix and blockbuster on line.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Can I ask why you use blockbuster online in addition to Netflix? Do they have a feature that Netflix doesn't have?
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
19 Sep 09
yeah blockbuster comes out with new movies faster, and netflix is cheaper. so I only use blockbuster for the new releases.
@kpfingaz (1028)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
18 Sep 09
I usually just download or watch them online since you can get almost any movie by looking around a little. I especially love when they're in DIVx format so I could download them and watch them later and really good quality too.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Hope that continues to work out for you.
• Indonesia
18 Sep 09
I don't live in a country that has very good internet connection, so I think streaming video online from Netflix will not be good for me. Heck, even everytime I watch youtube it always run slowly and stuck every minutes:) My choice is to download movies. I know it is illegal, but it is very convenient as I left my laptop on when I sleep, and watching it the next day
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I'm just not willing to risk the illegal downloading, especially since I connect to my college's internet frequently, and college campuses get targeted for illegal download detection.
• India
17 Sep 09
Generally i see most of the movies online only so that i can save most of my time and can enjoy with all my famiy members at home itself and will save my money.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
It is nice to have more time at home with family, especially when we're busy. Not having to take a trip to the video store helps.
• United States
17 Sep 09
For me, Netflix is the way to go! We have a XBox 360 and can watch them instantly on our TV. We pay 8.99/ month with unlimited access to the instant feature. I can't imagine ever paying late fees again. I have not rented a movie in over a year and I most likely never will again. It is just too easy with the instant. It also is one less thing I have to remember to do, take the movie back :)
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
We used our free trial of XBox live to watch a few movies from Netflix. It was a really great way to get a movie, but we decided not to pay for the subscription.
@jesssp (2739)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
I'm in Canada and we started using an online movie rental service called zip.ca about a month ago. We had a coupon for a free month come with our phone bill and thought we might as well try it out. So far I really like it and I have to say I don't mind not having to go to the video store and I really don't miss having to return movies. All I have to do is pop them in a mail box and I go there almost every day anyway.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
It's also nice to not have to walk around the video store for an hour trying to decide what to get...I like just putting all the movies I want to see on a list and then waiting for them to show up. Usually I forget what movies I put on the list or in what order, so it's a surprise when they show up.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
we rent movies from a big box store once in awhile but we mostly get our movies for FREE from the library! they may not have all the current ones but they are pretty good!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Getting movies from the library is a great idea, and I wish it was an idea that would work better for me! The libraries in my area kind of suck...they don't even have a good selection of books, much less movies.
@xannebull (1800)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
no, i haven't tried renting movies in an online store . we have a cable connection in our tv and i could see a lot of channels around the world that sometimes im confuse on what movie i could see.and i don't watch movie a lot because im so busy with internet.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
There is so much to do on the internet these days, I bet a lot of people don't watch as many movies as they used to.
@Tantrums (948)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
I prefer renting movies online, it's cheaper and there are a lot of freebies or promotions... Like rent 3 get 1 for free. And it is way more convenient.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
The convenience is a huge factor for me. I go to school and work, and after all that I really don't want to drive to the video store just to have something to watch. Going to the mailbox is so much easier.
@magickat (382)
17 Sep 09
Online rentals are so much better - no late fees and easy to return. Lots of free trials available too. If you don't live near a town then it's an ideal solution. 'm not surprised stores are closing down.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I hate late fees! So online rentals are great. A lot of video stores have gotten rid of their late fees, but they're still more expensive than online rentals.
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
i used to but with all the free movies on demand on comcast why bother spending the extra money. we do not have money for such things anyway so we stick to videos and dvds we already have or free on demand movies. once in awhile we go to the movies but always the matinee to save money and we never buy food there as it is too expensive.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
On-demand movies aren't actually free though, you still have to pay for the cable service. :-) If it's something you're paying for anyway, then you're right, it's a great way to get movies. I didn't like the limited selection, though, when I had cable.
@Amasid (25)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
I watch movies online or download it,it's just more practical if u think of it
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I find that I cat get a wider variety of movies through Netflix than by simply downloading online, especially looking for legal downloads. Downloads are convenient, but I often don't find what I'm looking for available for download.
• United States
17 Sep 09
I rent from Netflix. I love being able to get the more obscure stuff that the video store never has. They just carry the new releases and hot movies and especially in the kids section always stink at refreshing the content. I also like being able to see television shows and movies through Netflix Instant.
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• China
17 Sep 09
Oh, I just rent disks only once about 8 years ago. At that period, I usually found movies and TV shows via TV. Then rent it from store. But now, in east coast of China, ADSL is so common (almost all natives here can surf on the net at home by ADSL), so I don't do it again. I always watch them online. And if they're classic for me, I will buy them for collection. But mostly I'd like to download on my computer.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I watch streaming video online from Netflix or Hulu once in a while, but downloading just takes too long and takes up too much storage space on my computer. But downloading is one more reason why brick-and-mortar stores are going out of business.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
I would really like to watch in movies theater and if not I would wait to watch in HBO or Star Movies. I do not really like to rent because it is just not my style to rent movies. I would really prefer to watch it on the big screen.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Seeing movies on the big screen is fun, but it's way more expensive. Since I'm not financially well-off, I rarely go see movies in the theater, and I certainly don't pay for HBO or Starz.
@shhheila (1846)
• Philippines
19 Sep 09
i dont rent... there are lots of free movies online, i watched the latest movies there for free. no rent..