online movie services

After one of our radio show, a question was posted in our Ustream chatroom: “…would you use for movies?…”

Quite some time ago, I compared services…first let me mention some competitors:


Amazon Unbox

“…You can even transfer your purchased Unbox videos to a compatible portable device, including the Creative Zen Vision M…”


Unbox customers can purchase television series episodes for $1.99 per episode, purchase most movies for between $7.99 and $14.99, or rent the latest movies for $3.99…


…partner with TiVo, letting TiVo subscribers with Series 2 or Series 3 boxes download video directly to their televisions…



Must use Internet Explorer?…



The latest provider I’m aware of…I’ve never used their movie service.



Need Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player?…


BLOCKBUSTER Total Access™ Plan that includes Unlimited Online DVDs 3 at a time plus up to 5 free* in-store exchanges for $17.99/month…

Unlimited Online DVDs up to 3 at a time plus unlimited in-store exchanges each month for $24.99…



Subscribers who pay for just two DVDs a month, at a rate of $4.99, will have access to two hours of streaming video for free…

Subscribers can stream as many movies and television shows as they want, with no additional charge…the unlimited rental plans start at $8.99 a month.

Netflix’s streaming service works only on PCs with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer…internet connections with speeds of at least 3 megabits per second is recommended to get DVD-quality video…



“Vongo Membership provides unlimited downloads (on up to three registered devices) for just $9.99 per month…”


“…certain releases are available for pay-per-view; they incur a separate fee, ranging from 99 cents to $3.99, and are only viewable for 24 hours from the time you press Play. Users also have access to a streaming version of the Starz movie channel.”

Series S and Series V Gigabeat devices from Toshiba Corporation had support for use with Vongo.


Again, keep in mind, this is information I gathered months ago when I had time to compare the services.

Would I use Vongo? Maybe. I prefer DVDs for reasons such as:
they contain “extras”…
I can use them on multiple devices…
and I don’t need to be connected to the internet.

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