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. We list all the free trials below in case you want to try before you buy. Check the company's terms and conditions as many have strict requirements that you give them several days' notice before cancellation. If you tried them all, you'd enjoy several months of free DVDs. We don't list clone sites here, only the originals, as we find they're generally better than having a middleman.

  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.

Ranking of the 9 UK DVD Companies withFree Trials
Value, Design, and Service Monthly Price (by discs out at once)
DVD Rental Companies Ratings Titles Phone? Free Trial? One Two Three Moves Subscribe/Review

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
55,000+ no 14 days 9.49 12.49 14.99 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit Cinema Paradiso DVD Rental Site
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OutNow Review & Link
OutNow Value Rating OutNow Design Rating
OutNow Service Rating
58,000+ no 14 days - 12.99 15.99 See What's New page for info on our recent rating changes Visit OutNow DVD Rental Site
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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
Read Blockbuster DVD Rental Review
DVD Rental Companies Ratings Titles Phone? Free Trial? One Two Three Moves Subscribe/Review
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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

Frequently Asked Questions about Free DVD Rental Trials:

When do I have to inform the DVD rental company that I’m canceling my free trial to avoid being charged? This varies by company, so be sure to read the Terms and Conditions. Some DVD rental companies require one to five day’s notice before the end of the free trial, and then allow you to send the outstanding DVDs back within a given trial period. Others are stricter and require they have the DVDs in their possession by the end of the free trial

What if I’ve tried to cancel my DVD rental free trial, but the rental company has charged me anyway? You can either enjoy a month of paid DVD rentals (after all they’re not that expensive) or if you don’t mind a big hassle, you could complain. This works to varying degrees with various companies; the larger DVD rental companies will often refund your money if you can get the right Customer Service person. We recommend you always call if the DVD rental company has a customer service phone number; don’t email if you can avoid it, as these are answered slowly, if at all.

Can I have multiple free trials with the same DVD rental company? No. In fact some companies limit one free trial per address, though others allow multiple ones for different people living there. Also note, the UK’s top DVD rental company, Lovefilm, will not allow further free trials with any of their dozen-plus “powered by” affiliate rental sites either, which is why we don’t list them on this table.

Online DVD rental prices and terms change frequently; check the company website for the latest. is not responsible for any losses resulting from the information provided (see Disclaimer). If you do spot a discrepancy, please email us and we'll update the site.



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