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Where To Find Your New Favorite Movie Online – The Geek Girl Report

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After a long day at the office, nothing beats grabbing a snack and a good movie and taking it easy. But gone are the days where you could just run over to the Blockbuster or Hollywood Video down the road to pick up the latest releases. Today, it’s all about renting movies and video games online. And here are just a few example of the best places to rent your new favorite movies.

Netflix

They may have gotten some bad press in the past with their pricing models a while back, but NetFlix is still the undisputed leader in online movies. You can rent any number of movies or shows you like, though you only get one at a time, for just $8 a month. Once you mail back one DVD, you’ll get the next one the following day. It’s this model that made Netflix such a big hit, and one that many rental services try to emulate. Another one of Netflix’s biggest draws is its “Watch Instantly” feature, which offers a large selection of movies and TV shows that can be viewed…well, instantly.

Blockbuster Online

Blockbuster made the jump from its brick-and-mortar stores to an online-only service, and so far, it seems to work for them. Like Netflix, they offer a huge selection of movies and TV shows, but they also include the option to rent games through the mail as well. Another nifty feature of Blockbuster that Netflix doesn’t have is the option to exchange your mailed rental in-store, but if you don’t happen to have a Blockbuster in your town anymore, it’s kind of a moot point. All that being said, they’re still in second place when compared to Netflix, but it’s worth checking out.

iTunes

It’s not just music anymore. Finding a good movie may just be as easy as logging on to iTunes. While Apple won’t mail any DVDs to you, they follow the “watch instantly” business model of Netflix, offering a wide selection of movies and shows that are available to view on your computer or portable (obviously Apple) devices. Their selection may not be as robust at Netflix, but for the Apple fans who have to watch “Glee” or “Family Guy” right away on their iPad, iTunes is a good match.

GreenCine

Sometimes, you want something a little different. Maybe you’re in the mood for a little espionage, or a good cult classic, or one of those artsy independent films. GreenCine is a quirky little service that offers genres you wouldn’t normally find in your standard DVD rental service, and you can rent more than one movie at a time. However, the prices are a little steep in comparison to Netflix. ($15 for two discs as opposed to the flat $8 rate for Netflix,) and its website is a bit difficult to navigate. Nevertheless, if you’re in the modd for something different, GreenCine could be worth your time.

GameFly

Earlier, I said it was all about renting movies and games online, but so far I’ve just been focusing on movies. For those gamers out there who are looking to play the latest games without having to pay the $40+ price tag, GameFly is the perfect choice. GameFly is sort of the video game equivalent to Netflix; you can rent as many games as you want for one price per month. In addition to the console games, GameFly now also allows you to rent games for your PC or Mac computer, and even gives you the option to purchase the games you rent at a reduced price. Whether you’re a serious games or a casual one, you can’t do much better than GameFly.

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