Boy Einstein and I have recently started using Zip.ca — an online DVD rental service. (Those of you who use or have heard of NetFlix — this is the same type of thing.)
If you don’t know what these sorts of things are, you register, and for a fee, you can receive X-number of DVDs per month through the mail. You can hang on to the disc as long as you want. There are no late charges. However, you don’t get the next one sent to you until you return the first one.
The only drawback is you can’t get the movie you want now, now. If it’s not available, the company moves down to the next available movie on your list — which might not be what you’re in the mood for, but that’s what you get.
The fun part, however, is the selection process. Our list is now 50 titles long, and full of all sorts of genres. One of the first discs we received was Season 1 of the TV show, Monk, which so far I quite like.
The site also has a number of foreign films, cult classics and obscure titles that you won’t find at your local Blockbuster, so that’s a definite plus, too.
I’ve also been adding videos for the kidlet, too, which is fun. Especially all the seasons of Animaniacs. I think I’m more excited about that than she will be…