Category Archives: services

Online video rental/purchase services

Some notes on the major players out there providing streaming/downloadable movies and TV shows.

Amazon Video-On-Demand (formerly Unbox)

  • plans: purchase; prices vary by title
  • streaming? yes, using Flash
  • download? yes, using Amazon Unbox Video Player for OS X and Windows
  • CC? no

Netflix Instant Watch

  • plans:
    • $5/mo for 2h, $9/mo for unlimited (included in their DVD mailing plans)
    • new releases generally unavailable (only 12,000 of 100,000 available)
  • streaming? yes, using Netflix Player for OS X and Windows
  • download? no
  • CC? no

Blockbuster On-Demand

  • plans:
    • rent: store for 30d, watch for 24h
    • purchase: prices vary by title
  • streaming? no, work in progress
  • download? yes, using Blockbuster Movielink Player for Windows
  • CC? no

iTunes Store

  • plans:
    • rent: store for 30d, watch for 24h
      • SD: $3, new releases $4
      • HD: $4, new releases $5
    • purchase: prices vary by title (most start at $10)
  • streaming? no
  • download? yes, using iTunes
  • CC? no