There is no better way to rent movies online than to use an online movie rental company. That being accepted by the vast majority of people, what should you be looking for in an online DVD rental business that should persuade you to join it.
Wide Choice of Videos
First you will want a wide choice of videos: not only a choice of genres, such as Action, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi and so on, but also a large number of offerings within each genre. This is where an online DVD rental site has an advantage. Being online, it does not have to depend on the limited space of an offline video store to display its range. All online video stores can offer you a massive range to choose from.
Easy to Search
When you rent movies online you have such a wide choice that you need an easy way to search, and an online DVD store can use the power of online local search engines to make it easy for you. Each site has its own search engine that will provide you with a list of movies that conform to any search criteria you use: whether by actor or actress, genre, the movie title or even one or two words inside the title, then you will be provided with a list of movies that the online movie rental company has to offer.
You want a fast turn-round by post. Whereas an offline video store will immediately exchange your video for a new one, a postal service that can not do that. What you should look for when you rent movies online is:
a) First class post both to you and back to them. Postage should be free to you so you do not have to worry about buying the right stamp for the weight of your DVD, and the envelope should be self-addressed. A Freepost self-addressed envelope is what you should be looking for.
b) You should be able to return your DVDs singly, so that, if you have registered to have 2 or 3 at home at any one time, you can send one back while you watch another. That way, your next video will be on its way back to you, or have even been delivered, once you have finished watching your last.
Understanding of Postal Failures
Your choice of movie rental firm should understand that the postal service is not perfect, and that items can go astray. When you rent movies online you should not be punished if the DVD you posted back gets lost in the system. It should not happen too often of course, but there must be some understanding and leeway given on this. You should not be charged for a DVD that fails to arrive back at the rental company, or even fails to reach you, unless it happens too frequently to be coincidence.
Rental costs should be reasonable and easy for you to make. If you have a bank current or checking account, then Direct Debit is the best way to pay. Then you have nothing to do except choose your movies: the bank will make your monthly payments for you.
Free Movies and Previews
Some online DVD rental firms offer a preview of the movie in the form either of a short extract or the official trailer. You may also find some movies available for members to watch free online: these are streamed to your computer and generally only for members that have paid their subscription.
Booking New Releases
When you rent movies online, you will only be able to access those that have been released by the film studios on DVD. That can be anything from one month (such as Alive in Wonderland) to many months after the worldwide movie release. However, you should make sure that you choose an online movie rental company that enables you to book new releases in advance, so that when they have been released you will be among the first in line to be able hire them.
All of these are things you should take into consideration before you rent movies online, and if your choice of online movie rental company does not offer all of them to you then you should give it a miss and seek out one that does.