Both LOVEFiLM and Netflix are about what you can watch and how you can watch it, so how do they compare for content and delivery?
LOVEFiLM has a broader selection of films
Both services offer unlimited online streaming to your Smart TVs, PS3, Xbox, Wii, Wii U, Kindle Fire and iPad on top of the usual computer/laptop option — allowing instant access to a great number of both TV and film content. While the strength of Netflix currently lies in its large library of TV programmes, LOVEFiLM is fast catching up and has a much broader selection of films available to view online.
Assuming you haven't chewed up all the available bandwidth from your broadband provider, LOVEFiLM would be the choice for streaming online; its smaller bandwidth requirement and optimised stream performs better than Netflix on most connected TVs and consoles. You can also use their Watchlist functionality to keep track of all the titles you plan to see.
Streaming is a really convenient way to watch movies, but what if we want to enjoy a good, old-fashioned DVD? How do the two stack up?
it’s ideal for trying the latest video games
Another feature currently only offered by LOVEFiLM is the postal delivery of discs to your door. LOVEFiLM give you the choice of different packages so you can add DVDs, Blu-ray and games delivered by post for a low monthly fee. It would seem that this is the more suitable choice for those whose televisions don't allow for internet access and would rather not watch TV over a laptop or tablet computer.
Not only does this postal service allow for DVD and Blu-Ray delivery, it's also ideal for those keen to try out the latest video games — titles are available for Playstation, as well as on Xbox, Nintendo Wii and Wii U, and even for handheld devices such as the PSP and DS 3D.
Now the all-important question; how much are these going to cost?
a single price versus staggered options
Netflix's one-shot price of £5.99 per month, while offering very good value for money for the service it provides, doesn't compare with LOVEFiLM's choice. LOVEFiLM prices start at £5.99 for the same online service as Netflix but you can upgrade for a little more to add DVDs and games.
In fact for £7.99 (just £2 more than Netflix) you can rent from thousands of titles on DVD and Blu-ray. Games can be added for a little more.
LOVEFiLM offers more options for subscribers who wish to receive more discs in one go — meaning that you won't have to wait for the second half of a series when you've just finished the first part.
|Streaming TV and movies||Yes||Yes|
|Smart TV connection||Yes||Yes|
|Postal service for DVD and Blu-Ray||Yes||No|
|Postal service for video games||Yes||No|
|Free trial period||1 month||1 month|
|Starting price (per month)||£5.99||£5.99|
I found that LOVEFiLM offers key benefits that you won't get on Netflix.
Whilst both services offer unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows through a PC, games console, tablet or Smart TV, LOVEFiLM also offers movie and video game rentals by post, giving it the edge over Netflix in my opinion.