Streaming Movies online is always fun because you don’t have to go outside and rent or buy movie in form of DVDs. But now things have changed, no you don’t need to go anywhere as you can do it all, with the help of internet. You can easily rent movies on different online platforms across the web. So guys in this article I will give you a list of top services which allows you to rent movies online. But let us understand this trend first.
How these rental services work?
First let us have a clear idea of how renting movies online works briefly without getting technical. There are a lot of websites to rent movies online, first you need to create an account on the particular platform you are using, and add any movie, TV show or video in your cart, and pay using your card or Paypal account.
The content you bought can be accessed through your account, under the time duration for which you have rented it (upto 28 days in most of the cases). If you buy any content from these websites they will get stored in your account, and you can access them anytime and anywhere you want.
Why should I rent movies online instead of watching them on platforms like Netflix, Hulu?
There are a lot of online streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW) which offers you numerous movies and TV shows on a monthly subscription based package. The services are quite cheaper than that of buy or renting titles individually, but the problem with services is that they don’t offer new titles, they have pretty famous titles but lacks in terms of new releases.
On the other hand, rental services offer you latest titles, within a month of their release, or at the end of a season of a particular TV show. The movies are available on these rent or own services as soon as they get released on DVDs.
List of Websites to Rent Movies Online
iTunes is one of the oldest platform to start this trend of Movie Rentals. The service can easily beat any other service in its niche, in terms of both quality and quantity. The service offers both old and new titles of bith movies and Tv shows. Most of the new movies are available on the platform, the same day they get released on DVDs.
In case of TV shows it is different, a lot of TV shows are available after the completion of the season, while some of the ongoing TV shows, offer their content the next day of the telecast of that episode, on its network for example HBO’s hit show Silicon Valley’s episodes are available the next day they are aired on HBO.
You can rent a movie in $3-4 for standard quality while for High Definition (HD) it costs around $5. Once you have rented a movie, it will remain in your account for 30 days, and once you get started you have to finish it in 24 hours. TV shows are little cheaper than movies, and you also have an option to buy the entire season pass in around $25-$30.
Amazon Instant Videos
Amazon is a well known service to buy products online, Movies and TV shows are also on Amazons catalog. Amazon has an online service especially for movies and TV shows, “Amazon Instant Video”. The service offers you to rent movies online. The prices are almost similar as that of iTunes.
The content is amazing, and apart from the movies and Tv shows from other productions, Amazon also offers its self produced content, Amazon Originals (Morzart in the Jungle, Alpha House, hand of God etc).
Amazon also has a paid online streaming service, which comes with Amazon Prime subscription. The service costs you $99 for the entire year and has a lot of content for free streaming along with many other addons like free Amazon Music, Instant Delivery etc.
VidAngel is one of my favorite website to rent movies online. The service offers most of the popular TV shows and Movies at the cheapest price available in the market right now. The concept of Vidangel is a little different, which is the reason why they offer you a number of titles in $1, which is a lot less as compared to the other services in this niche.
In order to get a movie under $1 you need to create an account in their website. The service like any other service asks you to enter your card or Paypal details. Now here’s the catch, first you need to select a movie and add it to your cart and buy the movie like any other service.
Now the movie is yours to own you can do anything with the movie. The next step is that after you are finished with the movie, you have to sell it back to VidAngel in $19. 19 dollars will be transferred in your account, and you can repeat the process for any other movie or TV show.
So basically with VidAngel you can save $3 for both SD and HD content (HD movies are for $5 per title). This whole process appears to be a little tricky but its pretty simple with 100% success, as VidAngel is a full legal platform.
Google Play Movies All Access
You all may have heard of Google Play Store, as it is the best legit spot for all the android users. Earlier Google Play has all its content in Google play store, but recently they have launched a new app Google Play Movies All Access, which offers movies and TV shows to rent or Buy.
The catalog of both movies and TV shows is comparable to any other services available in the market, although google don’t reveal the numbers. The rental service works just like iTunes, prices are almost equal but there is just one difference, that google play provide you 48 hours to finish the movie you rented, once you get started.
Vudu is another great buy or rental service owned by Walmart. Walmart has already been selling DVDs of movies and music for a long time, this is thier new venture. the service is great and supports almost all the mainstream devices and with a separate box for Vudu offered by Walmart itself.
The prices and content is almost similar to Google Play Movies All access and iTunes. The movies you buy are add to your Ultra Violet Digital Locker. Vudu offers its content in three formats SD, HD and HDX which is a unique high quality format exclusively available on Vudu only.
Apart from this Vudu also has a Disk to Digital service, in which you can convert any of your DVD, which you bought from Watmart, into a digital copy to own it. The digital copy will get stored in your Ultra Violet Digital Locker.
MGO is also a good website to buy or rent movies online. The service was launched in 2013, but has a lot of good titles which you wont find in online streaming portals like Netflix.
Most of the titles are almost of the same cost as they are in iTunes or Amazon or maybe a bit cheaper then them. So if you are going to rent any movie or TV show just check it out, maybe it will save you some bucks.
The movies are available for both buy or rent, with SD and HD quality, but in case of TV shows you can not rent neither the episodes nor the complete show. The only option left is to buy the complete season.
The service supports almost all of the blu-ray players, but does not have separate app for Android and iPhone, you need to open the official website if you want to access it with out blu-ray players.
So guys this was my list of best services or platforms to buy or rent movies online. If you have any kind of doubt, regarding the idea of renting movies online or any question about any of the service mentioned above, feel free to ask me in the comment section.
I will update the list as soon as there is a new entry in this niche. If you like the article and think that I answered your query, share it with your friends and help them to select a better service to rent movies online.