Top 10 Movie Subscription and Rental Services to Use in 2019 If you're a cinephile, you can't beat the content on these platforms.

Streaming movie services come in a lot of flavors. You can buy, rent, or stream, either with or without a subscription. Movies are an important part of life, and thankfully there’s no shortage of services to legally own them.

Here are the top ten fully legal services to buy and rent movies online.

10. Amazon Prime Video

Price: $119/year Amazon Prime, Varied prices for rent/buy.
Video Quality: SD, HD, UHD, VR, 3D
Subscription Required?: No
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

Amazon’s video service can’t compete with the big guys, but it’s constantly improving. In another few years, Amazon Prime Video may top this list.

9. Fandango NOW

Price: Free-$10 to rent, Free-$24.99 to buy.
Video Quality: SD, HD, 4K, UHD
Subscription Required?: No
Platforms: Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

The place you buy your movie theater tickets also has streaming videos to rent, buy, or even watch for free with commercials.

8. Starz

Price: $8.99 per month.
Video Quality: SD, HD
Subscription Required?: Yes
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

Starz doesn’t get the same buzz as HBO and Showtime, but it does have a great library of movies and original programming.

7. YouTube

Price: Free for basic, $11.99 for YouTube Premium. You can also rent movies for $2.99-$4.99 and purchase them for $9.99-24.99.
Video Quality: SD, HD, UHD, 3D, VR
Subscription Required?: No
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

YouTube is the biggest user-generated video site on the planet. It also has original programming through YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) and rents/sells movies too.

6. Movies Anywhere

Price: Varies
Video Quality: SD, HD, UHD, HDR
Subscription Required?: No
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Android, iOS, Web

No matter where you purchase your movies, you’ll likely find it on Movies Anywhere, which connects to many of the platforms here and more.

5. Hulu

Price: $7.99 for limited commercials, $39.99 for live TV. Add $4 to remove (most) commercials and $15 each for enhanced cloud-based DVR and unlimited screens.
Video Quality: SD, HD, 4K UHD, VR,
Subscription Required?: Yes
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web

This cable competitor is now majority owned by Disney. Hulu continues pumping out original programming while maintaining an archive of TV and movie hits.

4. Showtime

Price: $10.99/month, or $8.99-$10.99/month when added to a participating cable, satellite, or streaming TV provider.
Video Quality: SD, HD, VR
Subscription Required?: Yes
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

Showtime continues keeping pace right behind HBO in delivering quality original programming and movies.

3. HBO

Price: $15 HBO Now or $5-$15 HBO Go when added to a valid cable, satellite, or streaming TV subscription.
Video Quality: SD, HD, VR
Subscription Required?: Yes
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

HBO is home to some of the best original shows, stand-up specials, sports events, and more. It also has a constantly rotating streaming movie library.

2. Netflix

Price: $7.99/month for SD one screen, $10.99/month for HD on 2 screens, $13.99/month for UHD on 4 screens.
Video Quality: SD, HD, UHD, VR, 3D
Subscription Required?: Yes
Platforms: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Aircast, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Oculus, Android, iOS, Web, cable boxes

Don’t forget you can also rent DVDs and Blu Rays through the mail for any movies or shows you want to watch that aren’t available to stream on Netflix.

1. Vudu

Price: $0.99-$5.99 rentals, $4.99-$24.99 purchase.
Video Quality: SD, HD, UHD, 4K, HDR, HDX, 3D
Subscription Required?: No
Platforms: Android TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android TV, TiVo, Roku, Chromecast, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Web

Nearly every movie you bought over the past decade probably included a code for Vudu. You can buy or rent a ton of movies and even watch some for free with commercials.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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