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. We've compared all 12 UK online DVD movie rental sites, so you can pick the best. If you're new to online DVD rental, check out DVD Rental By Post Basics first, or see the Comparison Table below. We've been going strong since 2005, and update our rankings and reviews every month, as well as reporting the latest special offers.

"Probably the most comprehensive online DVD rental service guide" - Miles Mendoza (from BBC Radio 2)
  Table Definitions

. Value Rating: (Value Rating) Includes prices at all DVD rental levels and our assessment of what you actually get for your money.

. Design Rating: (Design Rating) Includes how well the website interface is designed and easy to use; there are some really aggravating online DVD rental sites out there.

. Service Rating: (Service Rating) This measure of customer service--which includes DVD turnaround times--is the least "scientific" rating, relying on reports we've gathered from the net and from personal experience.

. Titles: The total number of available DVD titles. The market leaders boast 50,000+ titles, but an online DVD rental company stocking 10,000 titles will probably have all the DVD titles you'll ever want. If you're interested in high definition, see our Blu-ray rankings.

. Phone Support: Less than a third of DVD rental companies offer a real customer service phone number; important as it can be very frustrating and slow trying to use email. We speak from long experience...

. Free Trial: These vary widely from nothing to a month, and sometimes are capped at fixed number of DVDs. Read the Terms on each DVD rental company's site if you're pursuing a free trial, as many have strict requirements for cancellation. Also, the sites "powered by" the top online DVD rental company, Lovefilm, limit you to one trial with any of its affiliates. Our Top Free Trials lists the best, and omits these extra "powered by" DVD rental sites which you cannot double up on. If you're very cheeky you can "free trial hop" down the list and enjoy free DVD rentals for several months...

. Prices: In pounds per month for standard, unlimited 1 to 3 disc at-a-time DVD rental subscriptions. This does not include volume discounts sometimes offered for paying a year in advance--see the individual DVD rental company reviews for this information.

. Rating Moves: Our recent changes to site rankings; see What's New for the details and reasoning behind these.

. "Powered by" Sites: As above under Free Trial, these companies' DVD rentals are run by online DVD rental giant Lovefilm. Our attitude to these sites is that you should skip the middleman and stick with the original-in every case we reviewed, we liked the original better.

 

Ranking of the 12 UK Online DVD Rental Sites
Value, Design, and Service Monthly Price (by discs out at once)
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DVD Rental Companies Ratings Titles Phone? Free Trial? One Two Three Moves Subscribe/Review

Blockbuster Review & Link
 
Blockbuster Value Rating Blockbuster Design Rating
Blockbuster Service Rating
60,000+* yes 14 days for £1 9.99 12.99 15.49 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit Blockbuster DVD Rental Site
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Lovefilm Review & Link
 
Lovefilm Value Rating
Lovefilm Design Rating
Lovefilm Service Rating
61,000+ yes 14 days 9.99 12.99 15.99 - Visit Lovefilm DVD Rental Site
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Cinema Paradiso Review & Link
 
Cinema Paradiso Value Rating Cinema Paradiso Design Rating
Cinema Paradiso Service Rating
67,000+ no 30 days 9.99 12.99 14.99 - Visit Cinema Paradiso DVD Rental Site
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Tesco Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
Tesco Value Rating Tesco Design Rating
Tesco Service Rating
56,000+ yes 14 days 8.97 11.97 14.97 - Visit Tesco DVD Rental Site
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easycinema Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
easyCinema Value Rating easyCinema Design Rating
easyCinema Service Rating
56,000+ no none 7.96 for 4 total** 13.93 for 7 total** 19.90 for 10 total** - Visit easyCinema DVD Rental Site
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WH Smith Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
WH Smith Value Rating WH SMith Design Rating
WH Smih Service Rating
60,500+ no 14 days 9.99 12.99 15.99 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit WH Smith DVD Rental Site
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Sofa Cinema Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
Sofa Cinema Value Rating Sofa Cinema Design Rating
Sofa Cinema Service Rating
60,500+ no 14 days - 12.99 15.99 - Visit Sofa Cinema DVD Rental Site
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Odeon Direct Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
Pearl & Dean Value Rating Pearl & Dean Design Rating
Pearl & Dean Service Rating
56,000+ no 14 days 9.99 12.99 15.99 - Visit Odeon Direct DVD Rental Site
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CD Wow! Review & Link
(powered by Lovefilm)
CD Wow! Value Rating CD Wow! Design Rating
CD Wow! Service Rating
56,000+ no 14 days 9.99 12.99 15.99 - Visit CD Wow! DVD Rental Site
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Hoad Films Review & Link
 
Movieconnect Value Rating Movieconnect Design Rating
Movieconnect Service Rating
12,500+ no none 9.99 12.99 14.99 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit Hoad Films DVD Rental Site
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ViewDVD Review & Link
 
ViewDVD Value Rating ViewDVD Design Rating
ViewDVD Service Rating
4,000+ no 1st month half price - - 12.75 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit ViewDVD DVD Rental Site
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* = Blockbuster count bonus special feature discs as a single rental and ships them to you free; the other companies count bonus discs as separate rentals; so even though Blockbuster has lower numbers, they're comparable to Lovefilm's inventory.

** = Unlike most, these online DVD rental companies are not unlimited and have strict limits on DVDs rented, so we only recommend them for people who only want to rent a few DVDs each month

Online DVD rental prices and terms change frequently; check the company website for the latest.

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