I'm going to be renting some training DVDs from SmartFlix (formerly Technical Video Rental), since they have titles not carried by Netflix or Blockbuster due the high cost of each disc. According to a recent story on TownOnline, SmartFlix carries 3,200 specialty titles for the hobbyist and enthusiast.
Have you tried SmartFlix? What did you like or dislike about the service?
Travis Corcoran, president of SmartFlix, responded to the HackingNetflix story about broken DVDs and shared some numbers:
0.94 % of dvds are reported defective upon arrival, and less than half of these actually verify as defective (there are false reports for a variety of reasons). The actual defective rate is approximately 0.4%. Because of our heavy duty mailing envelopes, almost no dvds are damaged in transit, so one does not have to double this number.
Our 0.4% rate stacks up well next to Netflix's 2.86% rate, but it's a basic business trade off: because Netflix buys consumer movies quite cheaply, they can afford to take the ~ 3% hit, whereas that number would hurt us a lot more, at our higher price point, so we invest in heavier mailers (which, in turn, boosts postage a bit).
SmartFlix also added a Firefox search plugin, available from the website:
I'll share my experience renting from SmartFlix with you in the next few weeks.