Wednesday, August 03, 2005

DVDs Unlimited

I have come across this really helpful website. It is I had seen it advertised on television and it was in association with Sky Television and Xtra, so I was thinking it was pretty safe to assume it was a legitimate website. Basically you can rent any DVD that they have in their catalogue and it will be sent to your house. I originally thought it was as many as you wanted as often as you wanted, but there are different options that you can choose. For example for $28.00 a month you can have up to 2 DVDs at any one time. But as soon as you send one back they send you the next one on your request list. They pay for you to send them back as well so there is no pesky postage fee. Plans go up to 5 DVDs for $58.00 a month. I think that this is an interesting use of technology. It kind of shows that it is taking over everywhere, now instead of driving to the video store all you need to do is click a few buttons. And they will be in the mail. Its not only DVDs but Playstation games and Xbox etc. It’s a virtual video store. It also brings up the interesting point that for people who rip DVDs it’s the perfect solution. A base fee for as much as you want.


At 7:08 PM, Blogger Spivey said...

Being from the US ive seen this service overseas as well. Was really a great idea when it first came out, still love it. Overseas we have a rental store called blockbuster who picked up the idea from the first major company to try this which was NetFlix. ( This company started in 1999. Any idea when dvd unlimited started? I cant see the site since i dont have javascript enabled for websites.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

working in a video store im a little wary of it but even if this dvd unlimited thing does take of it just doesn't feel the same you get as going into a video store and spending time perusing the shelfs before deciding what you want.. also you dont get that whole interaction thing with the video store clerk (not neccesarily a bad thing if you have seen the movie Clerks - )

And i have found quite a few really awesome movies from just walking into the video store and picking some totally random movie that looks like it hasn't been rented in a few centuries.. don't know if i could get that same experience online.

we will see..

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

There's a number of these services now, including and I was considering picking one at one point, trying to decide what had the best selection of movies and the best price plan but eventually realised I really don't rent enough movies for it to really be worth it, especially with video ezy discounts. I think it's good if you're renting a lot of new releases. Also I agree with Andrew, it doesn't have the same feel as going into a video store where you could find some obscure gem and also you can always pick something for your mood at the time.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Mana-E said...

Yeah , I heard of the service as well . I think it only started up one or two years ago. As I believe delivery it to your door in the same day. and I heard there are other services that will delivery items your door and pick up. just hours after ordering on-line compare to the NZ version where you might have to wait two or three days in the post. Then your have to go out to the nears post-box and drop them back off. Off putting for some like me where the video store is just up the road compared to the nears post-box which is 3 - 4 blocks further down the road ! I didn't know true if the service would work here in NZ. because this is yet another example of a service that does great in American that does not do well here . in terms of the tech industry. mainly because of the size and population of the country. too small to sustain such a venture successfully.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Josephine said...

Do they have films that you can't get at your local...then the idea would be fantastic. Especially if you live in some remote location and you can't just pop down to the store.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

It's an interesting concept. I've worked at a whole lot of videostores over the years and I'm part-timing at one now. No, I'm not saying where. Heh.

I think the dynamic would certainly be different, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You'd be able to browse a list of films online and arguably be able to find unexpected gems, but the idea of wandering the aisles would be missing.

*Shrug.* From the sound of things, it's six of one and a half dozen of the other, but definitely an interesting initiative.

Most videostores are switching steadily to DVD format to my current understanding, so it'll be interesting to see where the industry stands in five years.

If anyone's interested in a place with a *Superb* growing collection of Anime DVDs, check out the Graphic Novel Cafe at the top of Shortland St, just down from uni.

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

I am yet to visit that place.. worth going to then? currently i get my anime fix from ponsonby because they have a whole heap of foreign/cult/festival and anime movies.

Grave Of The Fireflies is probably my fav anime.. or maybe Akira, or Spirited Away, or anything Miyazaki for that matter heh.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

They also have a vast collection of anime TV series which I havent seen for rental elsewhere.

A nice bunch of people. The Graphic Novel Cafe also rents out manga, and as a similarly vast collection.


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