I am currently having trouble with renting movies. All the Blockbusters in my area closed on Christmas Day (which explains why service was getting worse), so I decided to start renting my movies from redbox. Everything worked great for a while, until I upgraded to Bluray.
I've tries to rent MI: Ghost Protocol twice. The first time the disc was scratched. I called their support number and they gave me some free rental codes. I tried to rent it a second time from a different kiosk. This time the disc was so badly covered in greasy fingerprints that I couldn't get it clean enough to play.
I really want to see this movie, but I don't necessarily want to own it. Netflix's lack of new content on their streaming movies, and their high rental by mail prices don't make that an enticing option. There is a smaller rental chain across town I could also try. Are there other options I'm not considering? Which direction should I take?
For fastest service, a store is probably going to be your best option. I personally do movies On Demand through my cable provider. It doesnt always give me the highest quality movie but I never run into a problem with playing. The best advice I can give you is just keep doing what you are doing, see if there are any other movie rental chains around or what for Netflix to catch up.
Some grocery stores have been renting movies. You might want to try there. As well, the tv service provider often has a rental method, and sometimes it's just as much as what Blockbuster used to charge.
The closest grocery store rents movies for $3 per 2 days for movies under a month old. After a month they stay same price, but have a 5 day rental. Hopefully when I get off tomorrow, they will have a copy of MI there. Been out on BR the last times I checked.
In reply to ipwn007, #5: I'd love it if Amazon streaming had an app for the xbox. I really don't want to buy a separate box for it and all the HDMI ports on my tv are currently used, so I can't plug my laptop in.
What about Zune Video? Is it a good option for streaming with my Xbox (especially when I'm too lazy to leave the house)?