The good news: You’ve got a free evening to spend however you wish.
The bad news: You are too tired to dress up and go out.
Solution: Movie night!
Even those of us who refuse to pay for cable can’t bring ourselves to give up on big screen. Nothing can quite replace the experience of curling up with a glass of wine and a good flick.
We’ve said before that your home is your castle. So we must address the in-home entertainment: We would like to get our Natalie Portman in a tutu without overpaying.
There is a veritable smorgasbord of movie rental services out there – from streaming on your Wii to old-fashion DVDs. But how do you know which is best? (Hint, depending on what you like to watch, it’s not necessarily Netflix.)
2 of 9comcast.com
Video on Demand
Service: Video on Demand through cable providers like Comcast.
Ease of use: Super easy.
Movie selection: A combination of early new releases, and bad B movies.
Cost: Some rentals free, others about $5 per rental.
Best for: The occasional and/or lazy renter.
3 of 9netflix.com
Service: Rental by mail and streaming.
Ease of use: Very easy, as long as you can stream or mailing isn’t a hassle.
Devices: Everything you can think of.
Movie selection: Will fulfill all your obscure movie needs, but you’ll have to wait for new releases.
Cost: $4.99-$27.99 per month.
Best for: The discerning and enthusiastic film fan.
4 of 9redbox.com
Service: Kiosks located in supermarkets and other locations for 24-hour rental.
Ease of use: The only option that requires driving.
Devices: DVD players.
Movie selection: Mostly current movies, new releases are delayed; forget about oldies.
Cost: $1 per rental, plus $1 for every late day.
Best for: The occasional renter who doesn’t mind driving.