From Netflix to movies on demand, today's video rental services offer convenience and flexibility. Consumer Reports National Research Center's latest survey turned up the best.
Two-million Netflix movies arrive in mailboxes everyday. Now movie-rental giant Blockbuster is advertising a similar online service called Total Access.
To find out which is better, Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed more than 6,000 people.
"We asked readers to weigh in on price, convenience, selection, and service," said Consumer Reports Donato Vaccaro.
Also included in the survey-Redbox-a movie-rental kiosk service you see in stores, like supermarkets.
You use a credit or debit card to rent a movie for a dollar a night.
"With Redbox, the selection is mainly limited to popular, mainstream movies, but as far as convenience and price go, most respondents were very satisfied," said Vaccaro.
When it comes to selection, Consumer Reports' survey shows that both Netflix and Blockbuster Total Access shine, with thousands of movie titles to choose from.
Both offer several different plans at different prices, but Blockbuster Total Access tends to be more expensive.
In the end, of all the rental options surveyed, Netflix came out on top for overall satisfaction.
Another possibility for renting movies, and not paying a dime, is to check out your library.
Although selection may vary, you can't beat the price, especially if you're on a tight budget.