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Amazon Unbox
Rent or Buy. Once downloaded you have 30 days to watch your movie rental and 24 hours to complete your viewing once you hit 'play'. Amazon Unbox downloads can be watched on your PC computer and many portable devices (but not iPods). You can also watch downloads on your TV if you have a comptible Tivo DVR machine or you know how to hook your computer up to your TV. Downloads are not compatible with Mac computers. Purchased movies come with some restrictions -- they can only be downloaded to up to two computers and two portable devices at any one time.


iTunes
Rent (Movies) or Buy (TV shows) . Download movie rentals for $2.99 to $3.99 per title. Once downloaded you have 30 days to watch your movie rental and 24 hours to complete your viewing once you hit 'play'. TV episodes can be downloaded for $1.99 each and are yours to keep. Downloads can be viewed on your computer, iPod, or iPhone. With the purchase of special "Apple TV" hardware, you can view your downloaded rentals on your TV.

Netflix, Inc. Netflix.com
Subscriptions Only. Netflix is primarily known for its rent-DVDs-by-mail subscription plans, but most of its rental plans also allow you to watch an unlimited number of movies and tv episodes instantly on your PC computer. Choose from over 7,000 titles. This service doesn't work on Macs unless you have set up your Mac to run Windows. Unlike all the other services on this page, which give you a 24-hour period to watch your rental, Netflix's doesn't impose time restrictions.
No adult titles.


CinemaNow
Rent, Subscription or Buy. CinemaNow offers more viewing options than any other service. With rentals you have two options - you can purchase one-time, a-la-carte rentals, or you can subscribe to their unlimited-all-you-can-watch service. Unfortunately, the movies available through the subscription service consist primarily of independent and adult titles, not mainstream or major movie studio titles. If you choose to buy a download, you can play it an unlimited number of times on 1-3 computers (depending on the movie title). Some titles can also be burned to DVD. Downloads which can be viewed on PCs, internet-compatible TVs and some portable players (but not iPods).


Movielink
Rent or Buy. Once downloaded you have 30 days to watch your movie rental and 24 hours to complete your viewing once you hit 'play'. Downloads can be watched on your PC computer. You can also watch downloads on your TV if you know how to hook your computer up to your TV (Movielink also gives instructions on how to do this on its site). Purchased movies come with some restrictions -- they can be played an unlimited number of times, but they can only be downloaded to 1-3 computers (depending on movie title).





Vudu - Similar to "Apple TV." Vudu is a box (kind of like your cable box that sits by your TV) that allows you to access a constantly-updated library of thousands of movies (over 5,000 at last check), which you can rent or buy. The movies will play directly on your TV. The Vudu box costs a few hundred dollars.