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Old 02-10-19, 08:42 PM
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Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

Digital rentals aren't cheap. They range anywhere from $5 to $8 for a new release movie. Sometimes you can get specials that will drop the price to $2-3, but chances are the movies are already old.

Once you pay for the rental, you have 30 days to view it and as soon as you it play, you have 48 hours to finish.

Just curious how many of you actually pay for digital rentals for new movies? And how often do you do so? Or do you wait for specials?

This is strictly a question about digital rentals from places like Vudu, FandangoNow, Prime video, Red Box on demand or ITunes. I don't care about Red Box DVDs, Netflix DVD rentals or you local library for DVDs/BDs.

Just a few examples: The Grinch, Widows, The Girl in the Spiders Web are all currently $6 rentals on the noted video sites. If you want to see them, are you willing to pay those prices for a digital rental? And how many do you rent per week/per month?

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Old 02-10-19, 08:48 PM
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

Iíll go up to four bucks if I really want to see it, but I only do that a few times a year at best
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Old 02-10-19, 09:15 PM
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

I never rent. I would probably rent more often if they were in the $2-$3 range. But when the rental is priced at $6, I figure I might as well buy it. Especially with digital codes available. You can usually buy a code for $6.

I'd also rent more often if they gave you the option to put the rental fee towards buying the movie afterwards.

Of course, I have a huge collection of movies. Most I've only watched once. And some I never get around to watching at all. So if I just rented when I'm ready to start watching, instead of buying everything in advance, I'd probably save a ton of money.
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I will say, if I rent I'm more liable to actually watch it, and right away, as opposed to when I buy, or check out from the library, and let it sit around forever before getting to it.
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

Pretty much everything BigDave said is pretty much true for me. I never rent as well.
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I hardly ever rent unless it's one of those films that they do day and date in theaters. It's been a while, though.
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Iíve never made a digital rental purchase.
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Never. The only exception might be if I have some VUDU credit about to expire and can't find anything to buy.
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

I never rent unless I get a code for free rental. Like TheBigDave said, I would rather just pay to "own" it.
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

Not surprised by all the comments. I had a feeling that the majority feels they don't get value for paying for digital rentals.

I pay for a digital rental every now and then. But mostly if it's something I wanted to see and Red Box doesn't carry it as a DVD or BD. The last digital rental I paid for was Mike and Dave need Wedding dates. It aired on HBO and I missed it and Amazon had it for $2. I wouldn't have wanted to pay $5-6 to own it from buying someone's cheap code just for the sake of owning. It was strictly a 1-time only watch.
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

When Vudu has daily 99 cent rentals, I watched a ton of them. $6 is too much for a rental, only paid that maybe 3 or so times for ones I really wanted to see but were too expensive to buy at the time. Back when I rented tapes, the average price per
movie was $2.
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Old 02-12-19, 07:08 PM
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I only pay $6 bucks if it is day and date in theatres. I earn Fandango $5 rewards really easily now so I use those a lot and it brings it down to $.99. Most of the time I use delayed shipping to get Amazon credit and use those too.
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Re: Digital movie rentals -- How often do you actually pay for them?

Only rentals I do are 99 cent Amazon specials.
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