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I Love Films
Member Name: joshuas-mummy
Advantages: Excellent price, free trial, biggest range of films and tv in the UK
Love Film is one of those brands that I have heard of for years but never paid any attention to. I wasn't opposed to them and knew roughly what they did but never felt compelled to pay attention to the thousands of emails and items of junk mail I recieved about their services.
I'm a bit of a film fan to say the least. I love watching films and I also love American sitcom's too. I'm always maxing out my Sky Plus planner recording things to watch when I get time. I've also been a Blockbuster member too for years and would say I rented on average a between three and six films a month from there. This used to be more until I started buying my film experiences from Sky on their box office feature-it just saved me two trips to Blockbuster for each rental.
Now though I've saved myself all the trips to the Dvd Shop by finally taking LoveFilm up on their offer of membership. I can't say why I suddenly decided to pay attention but it was most probably the introductory offer that caught my eye. Like I said I have recieved thousands of emails and things through the post from LoveFilm in my time. But this email stood out because it offered me a free £25 Amazon voucher and also a free month's worth of membership if I took up the offer. This seemed too good to be true as at the time we were approaching Christmas and I fully intended to take advantage of the free voucher and first month then cancel the subscription-which they stated was fine to do right from the beginning.
So I responded to the email and was informed my voucher could take up to a month to come through, a bit disappointing but for 'free money' I couldn't grumble too much! It only took a couple of minutes to register my details-address and card details etc and I was a fully fledged member of LoveFilm. It was painless!
Love Film is an Amazon company so you would expect them to have a huge range but their range is un-parralelled in my opinion. I've found titles I've never even heard of in their catalogue which has been great for me to find new and interesting things to watch! LoveFilm says they have Britains biggest selection of films and television shows-and they aren't wrong!
There are several packages that you can pick from when you join LoveFilm and I think it covers everyone with the options. People with smaller budgets can still use the facilities and people who are true movie buff's can select higher packages to suit their needs. The current packages don't just cover bog standard dvd rentals, oh no there are more options than I accounted for. Firstly the options differ with how many dvd's you can have at one time. This means that your option will cover having between one and three different rentals at any one time. You also get an online streaming allowance with all of the packages. What this means is that you can watch films from their selection online rather than having that title sent to you in dvd format. The lower packages cover two or three hours streaming which means you will probably only get one film this way (or several episodes of a show if you prefer) but the higher level packages have unlimted streaming so you can watch online to your hearts content. A benefit of doing it this way would be to either watch on your laptop or connect your laptop to your tv and the title of choice would show here. However I've not done this yet as I'm not quite that technical...yet! The packages start at £5.99 a month so I think that's great value considering one title at Blockbusters will cost you £3.99! For your £5.99 a month you get three discs a month and can have one at a time, you also get two hours streaming free in this price. The packages go up to £14.99 a month and for this you get unlimited games and dvd's and can have three out at a time. So even the top level package isn't excessive in price.
The way the system works is easy really. When you log on you have a 'list'. This list features approximately ten titles that you want to watch, they can be films or boxsets and you choose how eager you are to watch them. You get a 'high', 'medium' and 'low' choice setting to select for each title. What then happens is that when you are due a disc you will be sent the most available based on your list. I understand that with a lot of people wanting certain discs (the most recently released) you can't always get your most wanted titles but only a few times have I recieved one of my 'medium' rated titles instead of a 'top' rated title. So all in all it generally works well and fairly as a system.
The discs are sent to you in paper envelopes which hold the plastic cover and dvd itself. It's the exact same way to return the discs. When you open the envelope you remove the top layer and once your finished with the disc you remove the sticky covering and it's ready to go-address is pre printed and freepost too so you literally don't have to do anything except put it in the post box! I've found the speed of the delivery is fast, very fast! It's first class so it usually only takes a couple of days depending on the postage system and this works both ways so once returned you will see it show on your 'returned' list and the next one is dispatched at the same time! Simples!
One of the other great things about LoveFilm is the fact there are no late fee's. This always used to really irratate me with Blockbuster. With the stresses of everyday life I found it hard to fit in dropping back a dvd and would often have to pay an extra day's late fee or more for this. It then takes the price of watching a film way up past extortionate and by the time you've rented a film and paid a late fee your closing in on the cost of buying the dvd in the first place! Therefore it's great that you don't get charged at all with LoveFilm. If you don't return a dvd for your whole month's allowance then nothing happens! It's great! Although you will loose the rest of your allowance as it's not carried over from month to month.
Overall I give LoveFilm five stars, it's a great service and the help system is excellent too-I've found their response to emails is speedy and helpful and their choice is brilliant. The packages suit all from normal film lovers like me to movie buffs alike. I really do recommend LoveFilm. With everyone feeling the pinch it's a cheap way to make an evening for yourself and your family.
Head on over to www.lovefilm.com for a free thirty day trial now and trust me when I say, you cann cancel at any time, I checked. If like me however you will find you don't want to and want to make the most of the membership and I can safely say I won't be cancelling in the forseeable future! I'm one very happy LoveFilm customer!
...as for the free voucher I got? I recieved it within a week! Check your emails for special offers like this one and if you order from Amazin they usually reward their customers with something similar!
Summary: Suits all budgets and couldn't recommend highly enough