The days of the traditional, expensive movie rental store are numbered.

New, automated, ATM-style systems now available are replacing the need for a regular store. In my neighborhood, we have such a store, called Original Video. The store is open 24 hours a day, and anyone who is a member can go and rent/return a movie whenever they want. The system has the ability to browse movies on the spot by genre or new release. You can recharge your account at the machine (which accepts cash) or with a debit card during “business hours”. The web site allows browsing of titles and reserving of movies.

In short, its completely convenient, service is great AND the rental fees are significantly lower than regular movie rental stores. I am on a monthly plan for a total of (I think) $22.34 (including taxes) which lets me rent an unlimited number of movies throughout the month, having 1 out at a time. Its a GREAT source of inexpensive entertainment… and I can get a kids movie during the day and a more adult interest movie for the evening.

More and more of these style machines are popping up all over the place. Take a look around for one in your neighborhood. It’s worth the look!