I signed up with Seventymm Movie Rental Service a while ago and here is the lowdown on their performance so far. I am based in Hyderabad so I cannot really talk about its performance in other cities and the local DVD rental services there, but in Hyderabad the local DVD rental services are plenty, charge Rs. 40 per day and have generally have a very limited collection in terms of English and other regional language movies. Seventymm is like a breath of fresh air when compared to my local DVD rental guy and I am a member with 3 of them (all with similar non-performance levels). At the very outset let me state that Seventymm is a whole lot economical when compared to any local DVD rental service that you might be using. They have packages very reasonably priced starting from Rs. 299 per month where you can order 1 DVD a day, which works out to Rs. 10 per DVD per day. The collection of movies is quite extensive in English, Hindi and even regional languages. Movie buffs might lament that the quality of DVDs is not good or of international standards i.e. no DTS or THX on the DVDs or that they are on standard Moser Baer media, but all things considered it is still a very good deal at a price of Rs. 10 per day. This is a concept very much in vogue in the United States with Netflix and Blockbuster and something I have been wishing for a long time and now at last its here. The other online movie rental service available right now in India is BigFlix from the house of Reliance who seem to have their hand in every pie these days. I have personally not subscribed to BigFlix yet though I have registered with them, but customer care/customer service seems to be an issue with them as it is with all Reliance offerings. The reason I can say this is because I registered with Seventymm and with BigFlix at the same time, and a manager from Seventymm ended up calling me within a couple of days time and took my payment details, etc. and the very next day I began to receive movies from Seventymm. BigFlix on the other hand is yet to call me or do anything else despite my registering on their website. If you can bear with poor customer service then you can check out BigFlix too since I am told they have an offer going on where you can pay Rs. 1800 for an entire year’s rental service with them on an ICICI credit card. I am right now paying Rs. 849 for 3 months with Seventymm so BigFlix has a better offer going on right now. Among other things, Seventymm also has Xbox games that you can rent, but I cannot really review or comment on this since I don’t have an Xbox and have not rented any games.
Other advantages with Seventymm, as with any online movie rental service, are free delivery and pickup so you end up saving on time and fuel costs. The quality of DVDs is also pretty good and I have only had one instance of a DVD being scratched and not playing on my DVD player, which is more than I can say for my local DVD rental guys. Just for the fact that you don’t have to drive down to the local DVD rental guy saving on both time and fuel, and Seventymm costs being a whole lot cheaper makes the online movie rental system an outright winner by all counts. It sure beats the local DVD rental guy any day in terms of the selection/collection available, the costs being involved, and not having to visit or drive down to the local DVD rental guy in traffic and with rising fuel costs. You should at the very least sign up for a 1 month package costing Rs. 299 where you can have 1 DVD a day delivered to your doorstep everyday for the entire month. This way you can check out their service and arrive at a decision at the end of the month whether you want to continue with them or not and at Rs. 10 per day for a movie it hardly amounts to anything in these days.