Netflix became wildly popular and to this day it is still successful. But it does have some competitors which are well worth checking out. Read the descriptions of about eight different alternatives to Netflex to see which one might be the best fit for you. All of these are services you pay for, none of which have anything to do with shady websites you’re warning about in the previous blog post.
You could go onto Hulu right now and stream TV shows for free, and as you know you have to watch ads. Plus is better for keeping up with TV shows than movies, in fact it hardly has any. If movies are your priority, than skip right over this one. Even with H.P., you have to watch some ads. But you have many more episodes of TV episodes to choose from, including premium ones. You can also watch them on any kind of device that can connect to the web.
Amazon’s library of movies and TV shows to stream is a little insufficient comparing to Netflix’s. Still, it offers some perks like free eBooks or other freebies. Its free for a month, then a total of $79 a year thereafter.
Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video are not the same thing. Instant video on Amazon has much more to choose from, and you do pay as you go with that one.
Vudu does not offer unlimited monthly streaming but instead, you pay as you go. This is on demand streaming of movies and TV shows with variable pricing (depending on what you want to watch.) Movies can range from $1 to $6 per digital rental. They put a big emphasis on High Definition streaming. Like most of these so called “netflix alternatives”, streaming is the only option and there isn’t any physical delivery. Something very similar to Vudu would be iTunes. (pay as you go with similar prices.) So if you only watch a few movies per month, V. or iTunes could be the one worth picking.
Plans start at $9.99 per month (for one DVD out), and this is a rent by mail service. You don’t have to worry about due dates, and your selected plan includes the price of shipping. If you’re more into specialty categories like porn or cult, choose this one over netflix because flix doesn’t even have adult movies. Click the banner below to visited the website and learn more.
Redbox isn’t as old fashioned as video stores, but you do need to leave your house to pick them up and return them. That being said, you can return DVD’s you rent to a different red box than what you picked it up from! And, they are all over the place which makes it handy. So unless you’re a total recluse, or you insist on digital streaming, this one could easily be for you. The pricing is usually $1 per DVD, per night. Each additional day will cost $1 or so.
It doesn’t offer any digital streaming, but you can reserve movies, shows, and games from the redbox website with an account.
How about a free trial of unlimited access to streaming movies, with the ability to stream movies wherever you are? Does it sound too good to be true? Its not. There is now something called Redbox Instant which is by Verizon. No need to be a Verizon customer to sign up.
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Blockbuster is no longer just a video store, they now let you rent by mail. You get unlimited rentals of movies and games (blu-ray included) with pricing plans that are based on how many discs are out at a given time. Click the banner you see below to learn more. A generous 30 day trial is available for you to check it out first.
An honorable mention would be the Android Market. Its pay as you go, and the pricing there is all over the board, so you can go there and see for yourself if its worth it. Some episodes can be streamed for free.
Important: Read about 10 signs that a movie streaming site isn’t legitimate