Gone are the days where you have to leave your house in order to rent a movie just to get a chance to watch it. There are more and more video streaming services launching each year so to stay on top of them all, I have compiled a list of the 6 most popular options below. Click on the title to be sent to each service's website and read the quick blurb under each title to learn some quick facts about the service.
Netflix is likely the most well known service video streaming service currently around. They offer a free 1 month trial and a competitive $7.99 a month subscription cost. Netflix contains a balanced selection of both movies television shows and movies. Stay tuned for a full in-depth review of the service from us in the near future.
Previously, we did a full review of the Hulu Plus video streaming service and found it to be a worthwhile service. It offers a free 1 week trial and matches the same competitive $7.99 per month subscription rate. I recommend this service for someone who is looking to watch more TV shows than movies as their movie selection is lacking while their TV show selection is enormous.
Crackle is a much lesser known service, but is an excellent choice for someone who is looking to get free access to online movies and TV shows. Yes, you heard right, there is no charge to stream movies and TV shows on Crackle while staying 100% legal. Unfortunately, their selection of titles are not all comparable to the premium services like Hulu Plus or Netflix.
Amazon Instant Video is becoming more and more popular as they are rapidly adding new TV shows and movie titles to their service each month. They currently boast over 140,000 movie and TV show titles available for both rent for a set cost as well as thousands of streaming titles for Amazon Prime members. It is especially cost effective for college students as they can get 12 months of streaming plus the other Amazon Prime shipping benefits for only $40 per year.
Vudu allows for users to stream movie titles to their Mac, PC, mobile devices, smart TVs, Roku, or gaming consoles like the PS3 & Xbox 360. Unlike Netflix or Hulu Plus, Vudu is not subscription based and instead charges on a per rental basis. Luckily, thousands of titles are available for rent for only $2 for 2 nights which is a very reasonable cost in my eyes. Another advantage for Vudu is that receives all the new releases the same day as DVD unlike Netflix which waits until 28 days later.
The newest competitor on the block is Redbox Instant as they have just opened their doors within the last few weeks. They are now offering a free 1 month trial for new subscribers. For instant streaming, they currently hold over 4,600 different titles and are the most affordably priced option at only $6 a month for unlimited streaming. Keep in mind, at this time they only focus on movies so unlike Netflix or Hulu Plus, you will not have the ability to stream your favorite TV shows from Redbox Instant. Stay tuned for an in-depth review of this service in the near future.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.