Is this a streaming service?
No. this is a private video service that is only viewable by invitation only.
What are the fees?
Sorry, you have to be invited to see that.
What are the resolutions?
All movies are bought as Blu-Rays if possible. This doesn’t mean that the movie will stream at 1080p. We have some movies that are older and even though we bought the Blu-Ray version, it is still streaming at the max resolution it is able to. Sometimes that will be at 480p.
Can you give us more information on how you stream?
Unlike most video services, we buy every DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K disc. We run a dedicated server, with 1Gbps speed. We encode at the highest bitrate we can. We encode a variable bitrate as well. So we don’t reduce the bitrate for the purpose of streaming. We want the member to be able to experience the movie as if they had the disc themselves.
Our format is H.264 and using the .mp4 container. We have to use .mp4 since that is the only container that is supported by all the browsers. When the browsers start supporting the newer forms of compression, we will re-encode to help the user save on bandwidth costs.
-Update- We are slowly converting all the videos over to the much better WebM container. By doing this, we are able to not only give a better format for viewing on mobile devices, but also help save the users bandwidth. Since WebM is specifically designed for viewing over the web, it handles variable bitrates better and also has the added benefit of helping us save on storage.
What we are.
Movies.Rent is a company that believes that movies should be available to everyone. We want to be stewards of movies and TV Shows. We believe that the old Movies and Shows are just as important as the new Movies and Shows. We only buy our Movies and TV Shows from reputable places. Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Movie Trading Co. etc. And we always try to buy from the movie companies direct as much as possible. We don’t buy anything from individuals. So if you have a movie collection you want to sell, we won’t buy it.
Why no 4K?
Currently we are looking into how to bring 4K content to the user without sacrificing the experience. Encoding 4K at the highest bitrate and resolution is a very CPU and GPU intensive process. And currently we don’t have the means to be able to do that encoding cost effectively.
-Update- We are finally starting the process of encoding 4K content. So please be patient. We have a lot of things to still figure out so that we can bring the best viewing possible to our members.
How long do I have to watch a movie or TV show?
There’s no time limit. As a member you can watch the moves and TV Shows as many times as you want.
What is the best browser to use for viewing?
On a PC or Mac Chrome is the best browser. This is for two reasons.
- Because WebM is designed by Google so Chrome natively supports it.
- By using Chrome it also gives the use the ability to Chromecast the video. Which Safari and Firefox don’t support.
You are able to view the videos using Firefox, but as stated you loose the ability to Chromecast.
As typical, Safari sometimes likes WebM videos and sometimes doesn’t. It seems to be a hit and miss scenario.
-For Android users, all the same reasons above for PC or Mac. But in our experience, if you don’t require Chromecasting, then Mozilla plays the videos a bit better. Chrome sometimes likes to keep the navigation buttons on the screen, even in full screen mode. And Mozilla doesn’t do this.
-For iOS – Well thanks to Apple not giving any support for anything other than .mp4 and HEVC, sadly users who have those devices (iPhone and iPad) are out of luck. Since every browser for iOS must be based on the Safari base, no browsers are able to play WebM formats. Until Apple changes this policy, iOS user are stuck.
Why do I have to reenter my credit card number when making a purchase?
We don’t automatically make the credit card you used for the monthly membership, the default credit card. If you want to use the same card, then go into your account, click on the Billing tab, and click the little button under Default. And you will no longer have to reenter all your information
Where can I contact to make suggestions?
For all suggestions, movie requests and general thoughts, please email us email@example.com