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If you don't mind what you watch, its OK
Member Name: colinbmw
Advantages: Cheaper than renting DVDs
Disadvantages: Horrible Search Function, Not a huge online catalogue
The advantages of LoveFilm instant is that it works out much cheaper than getting DVDs (even bargain basement used ones) and you get something between 7000 and 8000 titles (films, television programmes and the occasional shorter length film or cartoon) the number varies over time as films/shows are added and removed over time. The instant service is not suitable if you are going to be looking for specific titles, for that, go with the package where you get physical media sent to you (I am not reviewing that service because I do not have it)
You can use the service on computers, smart TVs and tablets, although I do not use the latter. I actually like the selection offered, and have come across a number of films and TV shows I have enjoyed that I wouldn't have seen without them appearing on the LoveFilm catalogue. How you find what you want to watch is very different if you are using a television or a computer. The computer version involves a web page menu and search system that will be easy for any web user. If you are using the television, it is mostly a menu system with categories created by Lovefilm that change every few months. It is very easy to use, but does not cover the full catalogue available to you.
My single greatest problem with LoveFilm is the search function when you are using a television, its just dire. For example, in order to get Torchwood episodes, I end up searching for the actress 'Eve Myles' because the title search Torchwood produces no results despite the episodes being available. That is just plain amateurish. I end up using the website to find out what I want to watch, and then try to figure out what magic word (or name) will actually get it to appear on my Television. It actually doesn't take that long, but it should be unnecessary.
I've had Lovefilm instant for about 6 months now, and I am going to keep it, mainly because my particular model of Samsung Smart TV doesn't support Netflix. I use Lovefilm in addition to Freeview, but I suspect if I had cable/sky it wouldn't be worth it.
Summary: Useful if you aren't looking for specific films to watch