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Should You Browse Online for DVD Rentals?

Chances are you've noticed the recent surge in advertisements for online DVD rentals, but perhaps you've been a little reluctant to give up on the tried-and-true video store. Or, perhaps the whole process of receiving movies through the postal service seems complicated and full of "hidden charges." Fortunately, you've come to the right place to find the answers to your questions as well as advice on which company might work best for you.

Before you decide which online rental company to try, you first need to decide whether the online rental is a good decision for you and/or your family. Though there are slight differences between companies, the basic process is as follows: First, you go to the company's website and choose the movies you would like to see. Usually within one business day, the movies are mailed to you. Generally, you are allowed to have up to three movies at a time out with no late fees.....keep each movie as long as you want. When finished, simply drop the movie back into the mail in the postage-paid envelope provided. Keep in mind, however, that these services are usually around $20 a month, whether you rent 2 or 20 movies. Therefore, this might not be the best choice for someone who is only an occasional renter. Also, remember that the movies will take a little while to reach your mailbox, so if you like to spontaneously rent, the video store might still be your best option.

Picking the Right Online DVD Rental Company

Once you've decided that online rentals will work for your schedule and budget, there is nothing more important that picking the right online DVD rental company. As you choose a company, please remember to read the details of the subscriptions at each website and remember that the rules outlined above are only generic and may differ slightly between companies. Take the time to do your research before committing to anything.

Arguably the most popular online site is Netflix (www.netflix.com), serving more than 2 million members. Netflix is a wonderful choice for the viewer who likes a wide assortment of videos. Another popular site is Gameznflix (www.gameznflix.com) who, in addition to DVD movies, also offers video games in their service plan. DVDHype (www.dvdhype.com) is an online rental site serving Canada ONLY and is worth checking into if you are residing in that region. EHit (www.ehit.com) carries a large assortment of English movies but also specializes in Chinese videos. Finally, both Blockbuster (www.blockbuster.com) and Wal-Mart (www.walmart.com) are now offering monthly rental plans online. All of these companies offer free trial subscriptions, so feel free to give them all a chance before making a final decision.

With a little research, you will be happily receiving your favorite DVDs in the mail in no time at all. Happy viewing!

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