Online Video & DVD Rentals
Over the past five years, watching videos in the comfort of your home has gotten easier and easier. First, there were DVD rental services that delivered movies and TV shows right to your doorstep. Then, there was the ability to download movies to your computer straight from the web. Now, there is streaming video, which allows you to watch videos instantly on your computer, TV or mobile device. With DVD rentals, downloads and streaming video becoming the gold standard of video viewing, there are a slew of providers to choose from. So which is the best? We looked at each of the top services, rating them based on pricing, selection, video quality, viewing options and customer service. Check out our reviews below to find out which one fits your needs best.
NextAdvisor Blog Headlines
Online College: Continuing Education for Adult Students
Oct 7, 2015 - Adult students are considered nontraditional when it comes to the standards for earning a college degree. Oftentimes, there are personal situations that keep someone from obtaining a degree at the "normal" ages ranging from 18 to 23. As such, a student above the age of 25 is usually considered to...
Filed a Tax Extension? 4 Tips for Meeting the October Deadline
Oct 7, 2015 - We?re already almost midway into October, which means that the season for extended tax filing is ending soon. If you requested an extension on your 2014 taxes, the six-month period will end on Oct. 15. Although the tax extension deadline is nearly here, you still have time to file, and to help yo...
Is External Storage a Thing of the Past?
Oct 6, 2015 - As cloud storage becomes more deeply integrated into our daily lives, it's easy to forget the ways of the past. Before, in order to save a copy of your documents, you either had to print them out for physical reference, or you could employ one of the methods of an external storage option. Whether...
5 Email Marketing Tips for Beginners
Oct 6, 2015 - Nowadays, we all know that establishing an online presence is vital when it comes to maintaining a successful business. Whether you opt to develop your brand on your website or social media, one aspect of marketing that you may not be using is email marketing. Unlike some other forms of communica...
Hilton and Trump Hotel Breaches: What You Need to Know
Oct 5, 2015 - If you thought credit card breaches were limited to restaurants and retail stores, you were unfortunately mistaken. Cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs has written about numerous hotel chain credit card breaches over the past year, including Mandarin Oriental and White Lodging, and he has now added...
How do streaming video, downloaded videos and DVD rentals work?
For streaming video, each company has a library of videos that are available for streaming. When you select a video to watch, the company compresses the video and sends it over the Internet in a continuous stream of data, so that you can play the video in real time. Streaming video works best with a faster Internet connection, so if your connection is on the slower side, streaming might not be a viable option. Most companies like Netflix and Hulu only offer streaming options, where sites like Amazon and iTunes will let you download the video to your computer.
Downloaded video copies the video file to your computer, where it is housed (unless you are renting the video, in which case it will be deactivated/deleted after a specific time period.) Downloaded video can be viewed any time without an Internet connection, as long as you keep it saved on your computer.
For DVD rentals, the services we recommend all offer plans that allow you to keep a certain number (1,2,3 or more) of DVDs rented at the same time for as long as you want. You choose the DVDs you want to rent from a selection of tens of thousands through the service's website and compile a list, or queue, of the DVDs that you want to watch. They ship you the number of DVDs in your plan through the U.S. Postal Service's First Class Mail and include a prepaid envelope to ship them back. As soon as they receive a DVD back from you, they immediately ship you the next one on your queue.
Advertiser Disclosure: NextAdvisor.com is a consumer information site that offers free, independent reviews and ratings of online services. We receive advertising revenue from most but not all of the companies whose products and services we review. For credit cards, we review cards from all of the top 10 US issuers by purchase volume (according to Issue 1035 of The Nilson Report, Feb 2014) excluding issuers that require additional accounts to be a cardholder and private label issuers. We may also review cards from other issuers in select cases. We do not review all products in a given category. We are independently owned and operated and all opinions expressed on this site are our own.