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6 Things to Look For When Selecting an Online DVD Rental Company
Picking which online DVD rental company to choose is not an easy decision. This article will give you 6 things to look for when trying to decide which Online DVD Rental company is best for you and your family. After all, an informed customer generally makes a happy customer.

First you need to decide how many DVDs you would like to have out at one time. Are you a heavy user who thinks that most television shows are pathetic and would like to watch a new release DVD movie or a movie classic on DVD once or twice a night? Or, are you an occasional DVD watcher that likes to squeeze in a movie in what little free time you can muster? Not all online DVD rental companies are built the same. Before signing up for an online DVD rental service, you should first review all of the plan options. The most popular DVD rental companies like BLOCKBUSTER Online and Netflix offer plans ranging from 1 title out at a time all the way up to 4 titles out at a time. The first thing you need to determine is how often you plan on watching movies.

Second is the Pricing of online DVD movie rental services. There are only small differences in the monthly prices between the different companies but the price between one title out and 4 titles out can be in excess of $20 per month. The larger online DVD movie rental companies have price ranges from $4.99 per month all the way up to $23.99 per month. Intelliflix is a new comer to the online DVD movie marketplace and they offer 3 DVDs out for only $8.25 per month based on the Intelliflix annual membership of $99 per year. It is best to compare pricing in a side-by-side format. You can save a lot of money by paying for a year up front as to paying month to month.

The third thing to look for is how many titles the online DVD movie rental service provider keeps in stock. Some carry more than others. In fact, most of the online rental providers have been adding classical movies to their collections by the droves. Back in 2005, Netflix and BLOCKBUSTER Online carried only around 25,000 titles each and today they both carry well over 60,000 titles. Netflix is far and away the leader in this category at well over 75,000 titles in their collection. If you are just looking for the new release DVDs, then most of the online DVD rental providers will be able to accommodate you, but if you are looking for some obscure/independent films, you may want to check out which online DVD rental plan has the widest selection of DVD movies.

Fourth is whether or not the online DVD movie rental provider offers a free trial. It is important that you have the option of a free trial as you want to be sure that you are comfortable with the providers website for picking out movies, the turn around time on getting your next title, and the customer service the provider can provide. Both BLOCKBUSTER Online and Netflix offer a free 2-week trial. I recommend signing up for both of them, see how they both work, and after 2 weeks cancel one of them and keep the online DVD movie rental provider that you are most comfortable with. The 2-week free trial will help you get comfortable without committing to any one provider before you know how they operate.

Fifth is whether or not you would you would like video games to be included in the package. Some online DVD rental service companies offer video games with their packages but most do not. If you are interested in having the option of choosing a video game over a DVD every once in a while you will want to check that out before committing to a provider. The video games are treated the same as DVDs when it comes to shipping and return shipping. As a general rule, providers that offer video games as well as DVDs tend to be a little more expensive every month. So, if you do not play video games, you are usually better off with a provider that does not provide video games.

And last, but not least, is the sixth thing to look for when signing up for an online DVD rental program is whether or not the provider offers Adult DVD online movie rentals. Just like the video game option, some online DVD rental sites offer online Adult or XXX DVD movie rentals and some do not. If you are interested in this option, you should be sure that the provider you choose has this option as part of their package.

These are just a short list of the things that should be considered when selecting an online DVD movie by mail service. As I have stated before, an educated consumer generally results in a more satisfied consumer.
By Christopher Landry