When it comes to DVD-by-mail service, Netflix was the first, has been around longest and is still the most popular. Recently Netflix announced price increases of around 60 percent have upset a lot of customers. If you’re one of these folks who want to walk out on Netflix over these price increases, or you just feel like checking out some alternatives, here are 7 great Netflix Alternatives (4 DVD streaming services and 3 DVD mail-in services):
DVD Streaming Services
1. Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video lets you instantly watch over 100,000 movies and TV shows from your TV, PC or Mac, and Kindle Fire. No, Amazon Instant Video doesn’t support iOS devices. Most new movie releases cost $3.99, and TV episodes are $1.99. Also, Amazon Prime ($79) members have access to more than 10,000 instant movie and TV titles, at no additional cost.
2. Hulu Plus
Hulu plus’s $7.99/month premium service offers instant streaming access to a wealth of TV shows only a day and all current season episodes. Although the commercial ads will still there, you can cancel it anytime. You can watch them from computers, smartphones (iOS supported), Tablets, gaming consoles, TVs and blu-ray players, and Set-top boxes.
CinemaNow is Best Buy’s on-demand video service. It offers over 15,000 movies and TV episodes to rent that can be watched on computers and on a select number of Blu-ray players, HDTVs, and home theaters. Sorry, not available mobile phones and tablets. Rental fees range from $0.99 per title to $3.99 per title.
If a movie is out on DVD, chances are you’ll find it on VUDU. VUDU claims to have the most HD titles on demand (they claim to have counted) and more are added every week. You can access to VUDU movies from HDTV, Computer, PS3, iPad and Blu-ray players. VUDU is available without a monthly subscription or contract. One-time movie rentals range from $.99 to $5.99 and TV shows from $1.99-$2.99.
DVD Rental Services
Blockbuster lets you to choose from a huge selection of movies and games online and get them in the mail quickly. When finished, you can choose to mail back or return to one of the many brick-and-mortar Blockbuster stores. There are three different monthly plans starting at $9.99, and they all come with the claim that many new releases are available 28 days before Netflix DVDs or RedBox.
Redbox touts the newest DVDs for as little as $1 for the first day and $1.20 for each additional day. You can make an online reservation for a movie or game you want to rent at a kiosk near you. Then just head to your selected Redbox kiosk and pick up your rental. When you are finished, you simply return it to one of over 28,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide. Compared wtih other alternatives, Redbox’s prices are really competitive.
GreenCine offers rent-by-Mail subscription, with plans starting at $9.99. They focus on a selection in independent, international, documentaries, titles you may not find anywhere else. GreenCine has an impressive collection of over 25,000 titles. Plans start at $9.95 a month, with a portion of proceeds benefiting film arts organizations across the country.