While some may think that online streaming has entirely killed off the movie-renting business, it isn’t entirely true. Movie renting may not be as popular as it once was, but it is still very much alive on the Internet. A significant part of the audience still prefers renting individual movie titles over purchasing a streaming subscription. Even some online streaming giants have dedicated movie-renting libraries for people who do not want to pay for a subscription service. In this article, we bring you the top 5 places to rent movies online.
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There are several advantages to renting movies from YouTube. Firstly, the prices offered by YouTube are cheaper than other movie renting platforms. On top of that, you get to choose from a vast collection of movies that includes all the new releases that haven’t made it to the major streaming platforms yet. YouTube’s media player is also a big plus, as most users are already accustomed to it and are aware of the specialised controls. The familiarity of the platform, its availability across TVs and other platforms, and competitive pricing make YouTube Movies the best renting platform out there. In order to rent a movie, simply go to the YouTube Movies webpage and search for your desired movie. You can also search for the movie in the regular search tab and YouTube will show renting options if the movie is available in its catalogue. The viewing period upon renting a movie lasts for two days.
Last year, Google scrapped the ‘Movies and TV Shows’ section from the Google Play Store and introduced the Google TV app. Google TV brings all the content from the different apps and streaming services in one place. Now you dont have to jump between apps to search for the content you want to watch. On top of streamlining the viewing process, Google TV also offers content that was previously a part of the ‘Movies and TV Shows’ section in the Google Play Store. To rent a movie, simply go to the ‘Shop’ tag and search for the title you are interested in.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video introduced its movie rental service for India last year. You do not need to have a Prime Video subscription in order to rent a movie. Simply go to the ‘Store’ tab and browse the different movie titles available for rent. Some movie titles are available to rent for as low as Rs 69. Prime Video’s availability across different platforms also makes it one of the better renting options around.
A lot of people may not know this but Netflix started out as a DVD rental service in 1998 before venturing into online streaming and becoming one of the biggest players in the category. What’s surprising is that Netflix still lets you rent DVDs online. The DVDs are delivered straight to your doorstep and do not come with any due dates or late fees. While the rental service is physical, it still is the only way to watch rare movies that are not available on any streaming platform.
If renting physical DVDs using Netflix didn’t surprise you, this one surely will. BookMyShow isn’t just the biggest ticket-booking service in India, it also boasts a vast movie-renting library. You can rent movies for as low as Rs 29 on the platform. On top of that, a sizeable part of BMS’ library is also available to rent in 4K resolution.
These are the top 5 places to rent movies online. Other movie-renting platforms like Fandango, Vudu, and Hulu are not available in India yet. Which service do you use to rent movies online? Let us know in the comments!
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