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Guide to Online DVD Rental

 

. We compare all 16 US online DVD movie rental sites, so you can pick the best. If you're new to online DVD rental, check out Rental Basics first, or go straight to the Comparison Table below. Just click on the company logo for our independent review and a link to visit the site reviewed.

  Table Definitions


.Value Rating = Value
Design Rating = Design
Service Rating = Service

Value Rating: Includes prices at all DVD rental levels and our assessment of what you actually get for your money.

Design Rating: Includes how well the website interface is designed and easy to use; there are some really aggravating online DVD rental sites out there.

Service Rating: This measure of customer service--which includes DVD turnaround times--is the least "scientific" rating, relying mainly on reports we've gathered from the net.

Titles: The estimated total number of available DVD titles. The market leaders boats 75,000+ titles, but an online DVD rental company stocking around 10,000 titles (far more than an average video store) will probably have all the DVD titles you'll ever want.

Phone Support: Only some DVD rental companies offer a real customer service phone number; important as it can be very frustrating and slow trying to use email.

Distribution Centers: This is important to weigh, as a company with a distribution center far from where you live can take several days longer for DVDs to reach you, depending on the mailman's efficiency. The top few companies have enough centers to provide close, blanket mail coverage.

Free Trial: These are usually a standard two weeks. Read the Terms on each DVD rental company's site if you're pursuing a free trial, as many have strict requirements for cancellation. If you're very cheeky you can "free trial hop" down the list and enjoy free DVD rentals for over six months before choosing the provider for you.

Prices: In dollars per month (tax not included) for standard, unlimited 1 and 3 disc at-a-time DVD rental subscriptions. This does not include volume discounts sometimes offered for paying a year in advance--see the individual DVD rental company reviews for this information.

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Ranking of all 16 American DVD Rental Sites
Value, Design, and Service Distribution Monthly Price (by DVDs out at once)
Online DVD Rental Sites Ratings Titles Phone? Free Trial? Centers 1 disc 3 discs Subscribe/Review

Netflix Review & Link
 
Value Rating
Design Rating
Service Rating
100,000+ yes 14 days 50+ 8.99 16.99 Visit Netflix DVD Rental Site

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Blockbuster Review & Link
 
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
95,000+ no 14 days 23+ (plus 7,800 stores) 8.99 16.99 Visit Blockbuster DVD Rental Site

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Green Cine Review & Link
 
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
50,000+ no none California 9.95 21.95 Visit Green Cine DVD Rental Site
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DVD Avenue Review & Link
 
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
25,000+ yes 14 days Washington DC 9.95 19.95 Visit DVD Avenue DVD Rental Site

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 CafeDVD Review & Link
Arthouse Focus 
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
60,000+ no none California 14.95 for 6 discs* 23.95 for 10 discs* Visit CafeDVD DVD Rental Site

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Anime Takeout.com Review & Link Anime DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no 10 days California 13.95 - Visit Anime Takeout DVD Rental Site

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eHit Video Direct Review & Link
Asian DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
5,000+ no 10 days California - - Visit eHit Video Direct DVD Rental Site

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Tiger Cinema Review & Link
Asian Films
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no 10 days California 9.99 21.99 Visit Tiger Cinema DVD Rental Site

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Zdag Review & Link
Indian DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown yes 1/2 off first month California - 21.95 Visit Zdag DVD Rental Site

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CinFlix Review & Link
Asian/Indian DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no 1/2 off first month Colorado 19.95 for 18 discs total 24.95 for 25 discs total Visit CinFlix DVD Rental Site

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AnimeLane Review & Link
Anime DVDs
 
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no ~1/3 off first month California - - Visit AnimeLane DVD Rental Site

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Filipino Movie Rentals Review & Link
Filipino DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no none Texas 9.95 19.95 Visit Filipino Movie Rentals DVD Rental Site

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KineticFlix Review & Link
Fitness DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown yes none Montana 12.99 20.99 Visit KineticFlix DVD Rental Site
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Smartflix Review & Link
Hobby/Hardware DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
6,000+ no none Mass. 9.95 for one disc rental for 1 week - Visit Smartflix DVD Rental Site

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Artistic Gurus Review & Link
Hobby/Hardware DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no none Colorado. 8-13 for one disc rental for 1 week - Visit Artistic Gurus DVD Rental Site

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Pinoy Review & Link
Filipino DVDs
Value Rating Design Rating
Service Rating
Unknown no none California 9.95 19.95 Visit Pinoy DVD Rental Site

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Online DVD Rental Sites Ratings Titles Phone? Free Trial? Locations 1 disc 3 discs Subscribe/Review

* = Unlike most unlimited services, these online DVD rental companies offer limited plans capped with strict limits on number of DVDs rented per month; we only recommend them for people who only want to rent a few DVDs each month.

Online DVD movie rental prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

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