June 24, 2007

Online DVD Rentals

Have you ever wished there was an easier way to rent your DVD's? A way that meant you didn't have to leave the comfort of your warm home and wait in line, only to discover the DVD you were searching for wasn't available? Well, now there is a far easier way to get your DVD's, and, as if from heaven they are delivered to your mailbox and you can keep them as long as you want.

The phenomenon of online DVD rentals started in the US with NetFlix. NetFlix pioneered a system where users kept a list of the DVD's they wanted to watch, and sent them out one or two at a time. When you sent back the DVD they sent you a new one from your list. This system has many economic and practical advantages from the traditional 'video library' format. Firstly, users don't get slugged with late fees - they only get new movies delivered when the old, watched movies are returned. Secondly, the company doesn't need hundreds of locations, everything can be managed from a central warehouse.

NetFlix isn't available in Australia but there are many other providers offering this service. Take a look at QuickFlix, WebFlicks and BigPond Movies. All provide a similar service and most offer a free trial where you see if online DVD rental suits you. Plans start at around $10 per month which gives you access to one DVD at a time and up to two DVD's per month. If you think you want more you can try the the $60 per month plan that gives you five DVD's at a time and unlimited during the month.