Rent or buy movies online: deals and offers

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.


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 harder, though not impossible, to still get Tastecard free trials.


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: 20% off your first rental

The first time you sign up you should be able to get money off your first rental. The discount code is usually automatically applied at checkout, but check first. It used to be 50% but has now dropped to 20% off.

Also you might find a limited choice – many of the big titles aren’t available there.

Chilli: 50% off gift cards via Lidl

You can buy a £3.50 Chili voucher for £2.50 from the Lidl Plus loyalty app. Terms say the credit expires on 26 October 2023 but it’s still available to buy.

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: 10% off gift cards via Lidl (expired)

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%)

Sky Store: Asda Pizza and movie deal (expired)

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 £6 in total.

To claim your voucher, worth £5.49, you need to visit 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 6 April 2023 but is often extended.

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

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 (expired)

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 (expired)

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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