My favorite thing to do on a cold and rainy night is to curl up on the couch with some popcorn and an old movie. I always watch old movies on nights like this, simply because I don’t want to go out in the cold to rent a movie at the movie store. That was then, this is now. Americans now have the option of renting the movies they want without the trip to the store, the late fees, and the limited selection. Thanks to companies like Netflix, Blockbuster, and Redbox, we now have the luxury of renting movies right from our computer and reliable delivery in as little time as one business day. These companies are changing the way Americans watches movies, by bringing the movie store to us.
Netflix is currently the largest online movie provider in America. With a selection of over 100,000 titles, it’s not hard to see why online movie rental is a growing trend with all ages. Netflix offers eight unlimited monthly plans and two limited monthly plans to fit every movie buff’s watching needs. Price plans range in price from $9.99 to $47.99 a month for an unlimited plan and $5.99 to $11.99 a month for a limited plan. Whatever your style, there are no late fees for anyone, and that’s something we’ve never seen before. Netflix limits the number of movies you may have at one time, thus allowing them to bring you this service for such a low price. In addition to over 100,000 titles you may choose to have delivered to your door, they also offer over 12,000 titles that you can view online on your very own computer. Since starting out as a low-profile online company in 1999, Netflix has been on its way up ever since and is now a household name.
Blockbuster may have followed Netflix’s lead in the online movie rental trend, but they have something to offer customers that no other company has been able to do. Blockbuster cannot only offer online rental, but in-store rental as well. This advantage allows Blockbuster to have deals for their online customers such as two to four free in-store rentals a month and the luxury of returning online movies to any local store. Similar to other companies, Blockbuster offers four unlimited monthly plans ranging in from $9.99 to $23.99 and limited monthly plans ranging in price from $5.99 to $7.99. Blockbuster offers over 60,000 movie and TV titles to choose from, and without late fees, the competition for online rental is heating up.
Redbox is stealing the show in the movie rental business by offering movies to you for only a dollar. Most Redbox locations are conveniently located outside your local grocery store to help you avoid a late fee. That would be if late fees were an issue with Redbox. With an initial rental fee of only a dollar, the only late fee you will see is a one dollar charge for every night you keep your rental. The way Redbox works is that you can go to the touch screen machine and select the movie or movies you would like to rent. If these movies are available, all that’s left to do is swipe your credit card and the machine will quickly dispense your movie of choice. If cheap and convenient movie rentals weren’t enough, Redbox now offers you an online option of reserving your movies to assure its availability at your local Redbox. Everything with Redbox is taken care of the only responsibility you have is to enjoy your movie and come again soon.
Movies are a timeless form of entertainment, and it’s no wonder that they’re making record income at the box office every year. As long as we have brilliant minds in America and talented actors and actresses to make visions a reality, movies will forever remain a staple in our economy. As the box office prices continue to soar, movie rental companies have found their own way to be innovative by integrating the Internet into the business. The result was a growing trend in how movies are viewed that benefits both the companies and the customer. The times are changing, and as always, the movie business is changing with them.
This author is a HUGE fan of netflix