by Colin Miller
Renting movies is as easy as going to a website and double clicking the titles with your mouse. With walk in store rentals as high as $4.50 per title, it's considerably less expensive! Most companies charge between $4.99 to $21.99 per month. The price ranges determine how many movies you can have "out" at one time; 1 at a time to 3 at a time. This does not, however, mean you can only rent 1 to 3 movies per month. You can rent as many as you want, at the flat rate, but you can only get the next one on your list when your current rental is returned.
Something I've read about is a practice called "throttling". Netflix appears to bear the brunt of most accusations. Basically, some users claim that Netflix "holds back shipments" of movies from your list if you rent a lot of movies.
From their website:
Delivery and Return of Rented DVDs: We reserve the right to allocate and ship DVDs to you in any manner that we, in our sole and absolute discretion, determine.
In determining priority for shipping and inventory allocation, we give priority to those members who receive the fewest DVDs through our service."
So that is something to consider. It would appear that normal rental habits will be treated well, but heavy users will notice delays in receiving their next selection. I can only stress that you read the" terms of service" carefully before entering into a contract with any of the online DVD rental companies.
Here are some choices for online movie rental:
Here is a review site:
DVD Rental Reviews