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Virgin Movies On Demand offer all the latest and greatest movie titles and even provide DVD date releases meaning you can be among the first to watch a film at home. Their prices are fair and the website offers some well designed features, particularly in terms of helping you to purchase a DVD or Blu-ray copy of a movie at a competitive price.
In terms of navigation, watching and purchasing movies, this website does a fine job. You can easily locate a movie by searching for it (based on title, director, actor or trailer) or by browsing the site. Movies are well organised although they do tend to focus more on the most recent blockbusters than on art house productions.
The home page includes the latest trailers and clips of films that will soon be at the cinema, plus links to new movies to rent online and a number of movie extras. This all combines to give the website more of a fan feel than merely a point of sales. There’s plenty to read and enjoy, even before you begin watching a film.
There are a few special offers to take advantage of, with top films costing as little as £1.49, although these special offers are limited. If you’re a little bored of browsing movies then you can also check out the music, TV highlights and games sections of the site, which provide some nice light relief.
Feature articles provide an unusual insight into your movie favourites that you won’t find elsewhere. The VirginMedia also offer exclusive clips and trailers that you won’t find elsewhere, adding something extra for users. The streaming quality is high and you shouldn’t encounter many problems, although you cannot download the movies so will need a reliable internet connection.
If you really love a movie you can purchase it on DVD or Blu-ray through the site, although sales are based on Amazon prices. To help you make any important decisions before buying or renting a movie you can check the user ratings, which ought to give a good idea of what other people thought about each movie.
Critics’ ratings are also available as a point of comparison. The site is also linked to ebay, although we found this quite distracting and unnecessary because it tried to promote daily deals (such as men’s jumpers!) which really didn’t fit in with what we were searching for or viewing.
Virgin Movies on Demand offers users a decent selection of high quality new movies but with the exception of its articles (and potentially its games) it doesn’t really do a great deal to impress. Prices are standard but their sales and promotions are too restricted. Whilst links to Amazon.co.uk sales could be useful if you really love a movie, we generally felt that sales links were unnecessary. Don’t get us wrong, this is a good place to find and watch movies but somehow it just didn’t set us alight.
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