Rent or buy movies online: Deals and offers (August 2021)

Cheap movie rental and purchase vouchers and offers.

Here’s my guide to the cheapest ways to rent movies, including how to get them by post. Below are any current deals I spot for rentals or digital purchases.

If you’re looking for ways to save on streaming subscriptions like Netflix and Disney +, them check out this deals page here.

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Amazon Prime Video

You don’t need a subscription to Amazon Prime Video to rent or buy some titles. In fact, some movies and TV shows are only available to rent separately.

You have a month to start watching rentals, and then 48 hours once you first press play.

Amazon: £1.99 new releases for Prime members

Amazon often has selected new rentals for £1.99 if you’re with Prime. If you’re not already a Prime member you can get a 30-day free trial once a year.

Ratuken

There are a number of movies to rent from Rakuten, as well as free older films, though these have adverts.

Rakuten: Up to 1/3 off via Tastecard

If you have a Tastecard you can get reduced Rakuten rentals. An SD rental costs £2.99, HD costs £3.49 and UHD costs £3.99.

This is far cheaper than everywhere else (subject to other special offers). It’s possible to get a Tastecard free trial for three months here.

Rakuten: 24 free rentals a year via Halifax

The Halifax Reward account will offer two HD rentals a month – but there are conditions to qualify. But do this and you’ll also avoid the £3 monthly fee. Here’s more information.

Rakuten: 12 free rentals a year via Lloyds Bank

Similarly you can open a Club Lloyds current account and choose to get a Rakuten rental every month.

To avoid a monthly £3 fee you need to pay in £1,500 a month (though it doesn’t need to stay there).  There are more details in my Club Lloyds review.

Chili

Rentals last for 28 days before expiring, or 48 hours once you start watching.

Most months, Chili has a code that’ll get you 50% off up to two rentals or purchases, or something similar. I’ll post here when I spot these.

Chili: 50% off your first rental

The first time you sign up you should be able to get your first rental half price. The discount code is usually automatically applied at checkout, but check first.

Chilli: 50% off gift cards via Lidl

You can buy a £10 Chili voucher for £5 from the Lidl Plus loyalty app. Terms say the credit expires on 31 August 2021. You can only add on £10 credit to your account a month.

You can also get a £3.50 voucher for £2.50, saving £29%. This offer ends 31 August 2021.

The credit also can’t be used with other promotions or codes, and you can only use it to rent movies, not purchase them.

Chili: Free credit on Vodafone

If you have Vodafone’s VeryMe loyalty app there is often a credit or offer for a rental or sometimes £10 to spend on a selection of movies. Here’s more about VeryMe and how anyone can get it.

Sky Store

Personally I think you should avoid Sky Store as it’s the most expensive of all the rental sites, with even SD versions of new releases costing a huge £5.49. However it’s possible to get freebies from time to time which are worth nabbing.

Sky Store: Asda Pizza and movie deal

Buy two medium pizzas and a drink meal deal from Asda stores and you can claim a free Sky Store voucher or Vue cinema ticket.

The pizza must come from the pizza counter in-store, and will be labelled as a “Movie Nights In Meal Deal”. It’ll cost £5 in total.

To claim your voucher, worth £5.49, you need to visit MovieNightsIn.co.uk within seven days of buying the food and upload a photo of your receipt.

You’ll then get sent a code to add to your Sky Store account within a week, but you’ll have a year to actually use the credit. It’s due to end 1 November 2021.

Thanks to the SkintDad blog for bringing this offer to my attention!

Sky Store: 10% off gift cards via Lidl

This offer is nowhere near as good as the discounts offered for Chili on the same Lidl Plus app.

You can get:

  • £5.99 voucher for £5.50 (save 8%)
  • £10 voucher for £8.99 (save 10%)
  • £13.99 voucher for £12.99 (save 7%)

Google Play

Google Play offers are few and far between nowadays, but it’s worth keeping an eye on your account for special promos.

Google Play: 4% off gift cards

The website CD Keys usually has a small discount of around 4% on Google Play gift cards.

iTunes / Apple Video

If you choose to rent or buy via iTunes then check out the latest iTunes discount codes and offers.

Digital purchase offers

Unforgettable Entertainment sale

Every March there’s a promotion running across most digital download sites with discounts on movies and TV shows to buy.

You can check out the reduced titles at

There are also offers on BT TV, Virgin Media store, Playstation Store and Microsoft Store.

Personally I’d use Just Watch to compare the prices across the different platforms.

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