Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Peter Sciretta
The problem with Netflix is that it takes two days of receiving DVD movie. I usually choose my movies depending on the mood and can be picky. I suffer from Netflix guilt, a term which means that you rent a movie online in the end on hold for months. DVD choice always seems like a great idea when you add it to your Netflix list, but when you get it after days, and somehow becomes less attractive. Sometimes I end up sending the DVD back without problems. This is why and how I found the DVD to play.
A few months ago I was shopping in my local Safeway supermarket when I came across the booth. It’s basically a little computer machine (imagine a touch screen ATMs) where you can easily, quickly and cheaply renting a DVD. What caught my attention banner ads “first movie free”. I thought what the hack – I’ll try it. The interface is simple and easy to use. You stole my credit card, entered the discount code from the recording, and DVD.
You can usually get a rental $1.49 for one day, 99 cents each additional day. Everything you need is usually 24 hours, but some people may worry about the time. One of the great things is that they allow you to return the disk to any kiosk. And in San Francisco, they have more than a few sites. This means no return trip to the Safeway. I can instead drop it while I’m on my way to a screening at Market Street. (You can check the specific kiosk in DVDPlay.com)
They also have a small e-mail incentive coupons, 99 per cent Monday, and rent 10 DVD get 1 free. And every Tuesday they have the popular new releases available for rent.
Blockbuster has become very expensive (I think it was $ 3 last time I looked). Netflix has become time intensive for me. DVDPlay great because I often know what I want and I’m always on the go. If this sounds like you, and I highly recommend it.
The only downfall is the limited range. They tend to carry the most popular of Hollywood movies and some of popular Mini-Major/India (Prairie Home Companion, thank you for smoking, Running with Scissors). Three to four pages of the last of the selections that may satisfy most. But they don’t have the evergreen back catalogue titles. If you are in the mood for back to the future look anywhere else. This is why I still have a pile of Netflix DVD sitting in my library.
Note: this comment is sponsored, but the opinions are real and uncensored. I decided to write this review because I actually use and enjoy the service.
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