Netflix subscribers are an unhappy bunch these days. In case you
hadn't heard, the company recently announced that customers would
have to pay extra for unlimited online video streaming starting
September 1. Currently, Netflix members can get unlimited streaming
and unlimited (mailed) DVDs for $9.99 a month. Under the new plan
announced, members will have to pay $15.98 a month to get both
services ($7.99 for unlimited streaming and $7.99 for unlimited
More than 12,000 -- mostly angry -- comments have been posted on
since it announced the new plan July 12. Many said they would be
dropping their membership and taking their business someplace
So if you're looking for alternatives to Netflix, here are some
Amazon Instant Video
You can choose from nearly 50,000 movies and TV shows to watch
instantly on your computer or on TV with a streaming device.
$3.99 for a 48-hour rental; Amazon Prime ($79 a year) members get
access to 5,000 movies and TV shows at no additional charge.
This device lets you stream thousands of movies and TV shows
directly to your TV. Many movies are available the day they're
released on DVD. You have 30 days to start watching but, once you
start, you have only 24 hours to finish viewing.
$99 for the Apple TV device; 99 cents for TV rentals, $2.99 and up
for movie rentals.
Like Netflix, Blockbuster will mail DVD rentals. You can choose
from more than 100,000 titles.
$4.99 for a seven-day rental. Or with
Blockbuster On Demand
, you can watch movies instantly.
Free to $3.99 (depending on the movie) for a 24-hour rental.
The Web site known for online streaming of TV shows also has
hundreds of movies -- older releases, though.
Many of the
, but you can
gain access to more
with a Hulu Plus membership for $7.99 a month (the same as what
you'd pay for Netflix unlimited streaming, which offers a lot more
This DVD-rental company has kiosks at more than 27,000 locations
nationwide -- from restaurants to grocery stores to national
landmarks, such as the Empire State Building. The kiosks feature up
to 200 titles (630 actual DVDs). Redbox isn't nearly as convenient
as the instant video streaming or mail-delivery DVDs that the
services above offer, but it's cheap.
$1 a day, but you can find codes for free Redbox rentals at
The DVD selection at your local public library probably won't match
what the services above offer, but it's a good source of free or
Free or a minimal fee.
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