Recently The tech geek dad wrote about how Hollywood Video is going out of business, and he has had to look into other options for movie rentals. He has tried out Netflix, but unfortunately Netflix has yet to caption an adequate number of their "on-demand" movies.
I wanted to write about another option that is often overlooked, but which can be cheaper even than a Redbox rental: your local library. I know what many people think about libraries - that all they have is outdated movies, movies on VHS or just documentaries. I can tell you that is absolutely not true.
I work for a public library. We get movies the same day stores do. Depending on how well they did at the box office, we may get up to 12 copies of each movie when they come out. All day, every day, people check out new releases, blockbusters and popular films. At my library this service is absolutely free with a library card. You get the movie for 7 days, with a $1 per day overdue fee if you keep it longer. So how's that compared to Redbox or a movie rental store where you have to pay for each day you have it or pay a monthly fee? I think it's amazing. Some libraries charge per checkout of a movie - each library is different - but it is worth checking out.
It is very easy to tell from our catalog whether or not a movie is accessible. Awesome library cataloging staff makes sure that all that information is online. For example, here is part of the page for the movie Moulin Rouge. This particular copy is an old VHS tape.
The other highlighted area is "Closed-captioned." Of course most VHS and DVDs are captioned, but we all know the annoyance of finding one that is not. You can check if the copy of the movie you want to see is captioned from home, before you even come to the library.
Of course, each library is different. Your catalog may well look different from mine. But any library staff member will be able to give you a rundown of how the catalog works and how to find what you're looking for. As an addition to your movie collection, Redbox or Blockbuster rentals and Netflix arrivals, the library is wonderful.