Lovefilm Instant Review

Lovefilm Instant

Lovefilm Instant Review - 8.7/10

by UK Film Rental on 15th July 2012

Our Rating
Value for Money
Range of Titles
Streaming Quality

Latest Offer

Streamable Content
Feature Films 3500
TV Series 3350

Supported Devices
Computers PC / Mac
Apple iPad
Games Consoles Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Internet TVs Sony TV
Samsung TV
Cello TV
Blu-ray Players Sony Blu-ray Players
Samsung Blu-ray Players
LG Blu-ray Players

Contact Details
Phone UK Film Rental: 0871 99 88 765
Mon to Sat 9am 9pm
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LOVEFiLM Instant - Watch Films & TV Online Instantly

Lovefilm Instant is a new streaming-only package from - Stream thousands of films and TV series instantly to your computer, games console or internet-connected TV. Watch your favorites movies and TV series in high quality video over the internet through the Lovefilm Player.


You can try Lovefilm Instant for free with a 30 day trial and there are no extra fees or minimum contracts so you can cancel at any time. After your free trial, LOVEFiLM Instant costs just £4.99 per month. This special launch price offers outstanding value for film lovers across the UK.

Find out more at or read our full review below.

Full Review

LOVEFiLM Instant - Available Content

LOVEFiLM Instant gives you instant access to around 6,200 titles including feature films and TV series. Along with many major Hollywood studios, LOVEFiLM also has an agreement with ITV and BBC Worldwide, allowing users to view popular TV series such as Spooks and Dr. Who.

This selection does not include new titles which have recently been released. LOVEFiLM refers to new releases as 'Box Office Titles' and they are not included with the LOVEFiLM Instant package. However, they can be found on the LOVEFiLM website under Pay Per View and LOVEFiLM Instant users can stream them online for an additional charge of either £2.49 or £3.49.

LOVEFiLM Review - Picture Quality

The picture quality on laptops, PC's and on portable devices with small screens, such as iPads and tablets is very good - similar quality to BBC iPlayer. On larger screens, again the picture quality is generally good, but LOVEFiLM Instant is not in High Defiton (HD) and the content isn't encoded with surround sound, so on a TV screen the home-cinema experience is slightly underwhelming when compared with Blu-ray or DVD.

The ability to view high quality streamed video largely depends on the speed and reliablitly of your internet connection. Video streaming requires a large amount of bandwidth so a fast broadband connection is essential, especially during peak times such as in the evening when a lot of us are online at the time.

Our advice is, if you can watch BBC iPlayer (non-HD content) without any connection issues, chances are you LOVEFiLM Instant will work okay. You also have the safety net of the 30 day free trial period so if things don't work out you might feel a little disappointed, but you won't be out of pocket.

LOVEFiLM Instant - Monthly Cost & Free Trials

LOVEFiLM Instant Package Details

Provider Package Name Monthly Limit Discs at Home Games Included Sign Up Offers Other Benefits Monthly Cost Sign Up
LOVEFiLM LOVEFiLM Instant Unlimited Online Streaming Streaming OnlyOnline viewing only! No 30 Day Free Trial No DVDs or Blu-rays. Excludes Box Office Titles. 4.99

Prices and offers correct at 10:30 on Tuesday 19 June 2018

After your free trial, unlimited access to instant TV series and movies with LOVEFiLM Instant will cost £4.99 per month. This is a special launch price and could increase at any time, but LOVEFiLM have assured us that customers who join now will keep the £4.99 monthly subscription price until at least the end of 2012.

Start a 30 Day LOVEFiLM Instant Free Trial at

The standard LOVEFiLM terms apply for the LOVEFiLM Instant free trial. To register for your free trial, a valid credit or debit card is required. Your free trial expires 30 days after registration. You will NOT be charged during the free trial and you can cancel your subscription at any time on the Lovefilm website. Existing subscribers or those who have previously enjoyed a free trial with any Lovefilm-powered site are not eligible and this offer is limited to one per household.

For full terms and conditions, please refer to

Lovefilm Instant - Our Final Verdict

Great value for money and good for watching TV series

I think the biggest selling point for LOVEFiLM Instant is the incredibly low monthly price - there is certainly no cheaper way to legally watch films and TV series. I can see LOVEFiLM Instant being a big hit with students, iPad users, and people who are always on the move. So if you're looking for an affordable way to enjoy watching movies, and you aren't worried about seeing the latest releases as soon as they come out, then LOVEFiLM Instant really does tick all the boxes.

You can't beat by-post DVD & Blu-ray rental for watching films

For laptops and tablets, Lovefilm Instant is great, but if you intend to stream movies to a large TV screen, you really cannot beat the good old DVD/blu-ray rental service through the post. Compare Lovefilm Instant's 6,000 available titles to Lovefilm's full DVD/Blu-ray catalogue of over 70,000 films. Since Lovefilm includes unlimited online viewing as standard with most of it's by-post DVD rental packages, it is probably worth paying a bit more to get the best of both worlds - the convenience of Lovefilm Instant on the internet plus the quality and choice of the Lovefilm DVD Rental and Blu-ray disc rental service.

Other online streaming options

Lovefilm streaming and by-post rental plans start from just £7.99 per month for unlimited online streaming and unlimited DVD and Blu-ray rental with one disc at a time. If you think this would suit you better, take a look at disc rental with unlimited online streaming plans.

Further Information - More Information Regarding Lovefilm Instant

More information about watching films online with LOVEFiLM Instant is available at the LOVEFiLM Help Centre.

The Latest Releases - New Feature Films Available With Lovefilm Instant