How Computer Internet Technology Has Changed the Way People Rent DVDs

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Posted on 7th March 2014 by Jeff Rogers in Technology

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The poor old video store has all but vanished from our high streets. And for once, I’m not upset. Yes, I used to like browsing the shelves and coming home with something I never would have thought to rent if I hadn’t seen it in front of me. And yes I used to like the social interaction. Getting out of the house and all that.

But what’s replaced it is an example of the best uses of the internet. Online DVD rental, in which you pay a monthly fee for unlimited choice (and, if you pay the premium rate, unlimited amounts of films per month), has opened a world of cinema to even the most casual home user.

These days I can get the latest releases as soon as they come out. And I can get the most obscure titles whenever I want. All I do is keep a list of films that I want t see, in the site that supplies me with my online DVD rental. The package I choose (I have one that lets me have unlimited films per month, with a maximum of two at home at any one time) dictates the quantity of films I get access to within a 28 day period.

I can keep the films for as long as I want. So if I don’t fancy it tonight, or have something to do, then I can just save it until I do. I just don’t get a new one until I have watched the old one – so to keep up with subscription payments I have to make sure I watch more films per month than the equal amount would cost me at the only local video store I have left. That’s not hard – for what three recently released movies would cost me, in my local video store, I get unlimited film watching every month.

There are more ways to watch movies with online DVD rental than simply getting the disc in the post too. You can watch films online, many of them included in your price. Some you have to pay extra for, but these are usually the movies that have not yet actually come out on DVD – so you get a chance to see them before anyone else.

You can rent games from the same place too, and for the same kind of price and deal. So you can keep a game for as long as you want – but you don’t get more until you send your allocation back. Here, the service actually ceases to be such good value – unless you like playing a game for a couple of days and then returning it. Given that my monthly subscription costs the same as one game for a modern console – and that I would normally play one game obsessively for a few months before swapping – I can end up paying six times more for one game than I would have done if I had bought it to own.

For films, though, there is nothing like an online DVD service. Where else am I going to find the classics I had forgotten I loved? Not even my old high street store would have had half the films I get from my online supplier. And I can use a function similar to Amazon’s recommendation service, to explore films I have never even heard of based on what I am watching already. Another night in with the popcorn it is then!

About The Author:

Shannen Doherty is a technical content writer associated with the broadbandexpert group. She likes to writes on various topic related with cutting edge technology like: time warner cable internet , mobile broadband, Internet providers, internet guides etc. She is keen to help people to know more about updated technology.

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