[Reviews] Best Places to Buy Digital Movies Online

Posted by Nick Orin on 31/10/2014 10:58:13 AM.

digital movies vs dvd and blu-rays

"Digital Movies" VS "DVD Copies"

Look at the people around us, then you will find that DVD or Blu-Ray are not so popular as before. Instead, they prefer to buy digital movies from many online movie store like iTunes, Amazon etc. Why? What makes digital movies so popular nowadays?

Firstly, Digital Movies are easier to store than DVD/Blu-ray discs

Did you discard many broken DVD discs before? Did you lost some discs? Or forgot where they were stored? Yes, to me, I really feel it's troublesome to store a large collection of DVD discs. And it would occupy a large space of my cupboard . And DVD discs are so easy to be scrached and damaged from any other external things, like water etc. Once it's broken, we can't use it any more. However, you don't need to worry about these problems with digital movies. You can store the digital movies anywhere you want, computer hard driver, external driver or just an USB flash driver.

Secondly, it's much cheaper to buy digital movies than DVD/Blu-ray copies?

In general, digital copies of movies cost the much less than physical copies of the movie do. Take iTunes movie store for example, we can usually rent a movie with only $3.99 to $9.99. And the purchase price of a movie usually set as $9.99 to $24.99. However, most DVD copies will cost us more than $14.99 on the Amazon or Bestbuy. And we have to wait for one or two business days for the shipping time.

Thirdly, we can watch digital movies on more devices than DVD copies do.

When you buy digital movies from the online movie store, you may have corresponding devices to play the movies.If you buy movies from iTunes, you can watch the movies on any iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iTouch or Apple TV. And if you buy movies from Amazon, you can watch them on Kindle Fire HD, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Phone etc. However, the Blu ray only works on the TV/Blu Ray player. And if you want to bring the movies with you in a travel, you may need to find a DVD ripper tool to rip it to digital formats.

Above all, I think digital movies is the bright choice for movie addicts. It saves your money, saves your time and space.

Best Places to Buy Digital Movies Online

iTunes Store

iTunes is an important part of Apple company. It offers many kinds of digital content for its consumers, including movies, TV shows, iBooks, Music and Audiobooks. iTunes may process possibly the largest collection of digital movie and TV titles for sale And you can get many cheap digital items here. Sometimes you can get free content.

To purchase or rent movies from iTunes store, you must have an iTunes account or Apple ID at first. iTunes offers multiple price option for you. Titles cost between $4.99 and $19.99, and most are in HD. For a smaller fee, you can also rent digital movies from iTunes, but you can only access and view the movie once within 30 days from the purchase date. And you should note that all iTunes movies are DRM protected and can be only played with Apple's products.

Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Instant Video is a kind of video on demand service provided by Amazon. It offers television shows and films for rental and purchase, as well as free to customers with an Amazon Prime subscription. To compete with iTunes and other retailers, Amazon holds more than 75,000 movie and television titles for sale in its Video on Demand store. And the price is also cheap to rent or buy.

DRM protection still exist on Amazon Instant video as well. If you buy videos from Amazon Instant video, you can watch these videos on all your Amazon devices, like Fire HD, Amazon Fire TV, game consoles, smart TVs, mobile phones and other streaming devices. However, it's more open than iTunes movies.

Best Buy

The flagship online movie store operated by Best buy is Cinema Now. The CinemaNow platform is available on the web, on mobile devices running iOS and Android, the Xbox and PlayStation game consoles and CE devices including Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Toshiba.

Just similar to iTunes, Cinema Now also offers large store of movies and TV shows to its consumers to buy or rent. And it's also a popular choice for people located in United States, Canada and the United Kingdom now.

Conclusion & Suggestion

It can't say which platform is the best to buy movies. Everyone have their own choice. For people who like Apple devices, iTunes store is the primary choice to buy digital movies online. But for people who like Amazon's devices, it's better to buy digital movies from Amazon instant video. For people who like Bestbuy, Cinema Now is also a good choice. What we want to tell you is that almost all online digital movies are DRM protected, you are limited to watch these movie on some specific devices. Or you can also find some 3rd party application to bypass the annoying DRM protection, like ViWizard DRM Media Converter.

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