If you subscribe to Netflix and stream movies on your tv, computer, tablet, or smartphone, you don’t have to rent or buy the movie. Netflix owns it — you just watch it at your convenience.
But if you wish to watch a movie that you find on iTunes, or Amazon or Roku — or other non-subscription based companies — you need to buy it or rent it.
Buying a movie is a one-time purchase; you own the movie and you can watch it any time. Renting a movie requires a rental fee that allows you 24 hours to watch the movie. (You don’t have to watch it all at once, but after 24 hours, it is no longer available to you unless you rent it again.)
You have another decision to make: should you rent or buy the movie in Standard Definition (SD), or pay the extra dollar to get it in High Definition (HD)?
My best advice: HD if you are planning to watch on an HD tv, SD if you are planning to watch on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Apparently the benefits of HD are wasted on the smaller screens.
Click here for a detailed article about the HD/SD choice.
I hope you take advantage of some of the really fun movie (and TV show) streaming opportunities. Here’s hoping you find good things to watch!