Online movie rentals are one of the easiest ways to access and watch films. New releases, classics, blockbusters and indies are all available from a growing number of online movie rental websites.
The iTunes store offers a wide variety of online movies for rental or purchase. When you rent a movie from iTunes, it downloads to your hard drive and expires after a set amount of time.
Netflix account holders have access to a library of streaming movies that can be watched on demand. Unfortunately, there's a limited title selection for online movie rentals. You'll find some great classics, but no new releases.
In early 2010 YouTube began offering online movie rentals. For now, the rental library is fairly limited, but hopefully will increase soon in quantity and quality. Online movie rentals from YouTube cost betweek $1.99 and $3.99, and are available for 48 hours after rental.
Amazon Unbox has a wide selection of online movie rentals, and offers the best options for watching them. Unlike the other online movie rental services that offer either downloading or streaming, Amazon lets user choose how they want to access their online movie rentals.
If you choose to stream your Amazon online movie rental, you have 24 hours to finish it from the time you start watching. If you download your Amazon online movie rental, you can store it for 30 days, but it expires 24 hours after you begin watching.