What Alternatives Are There to Renting Movies?


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Some alternatives to renting physical copies of movies include online streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Digital copies of movies can also be purchased from services such as iTunes or Amazon Video. YouTube and Crackle also feature movies to watch for free.

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What Alternatives Are There to Renting Movies?
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Watching movies via Netflix's instant streaming service requires signing up for a monthly subscription. Each subscription gives the purchaser unlimited access to the entire Netflix movie and television library in a variety of ways. Movies can be watched via the Netflix website on a computer, tablet or smartphone device through the Netflix app. Streaming devices such as a Chromecast also allow Netflix to be broadcast from a device directly to a television.

Hulu offers both free and paid subscription services. The free service lets people watch recent episodes of currently airing television shows and certain classic movies, while the subscription model opens up the entire Hulu library of movies and telelvision shows. Both version require the viewer to watch advertisements before and during some content.

Amazon offers a free streaming service for anyone who also has an Amazon Prime subscription, which features a large selection of movies and television shows. It is also possible to rent digital copies of movies for a 24 or 48 hour period through the Amazon Video site.

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