CinemaNow - Rent Movies

RENT MOVIES / How It Works

  • Use our search engine to search by title, actor, director or keyword
  • Browse genres using the left hand navigation
  • Rent SD movies for your PC, Apple Mac, game console, Blu-ray Player or Connected Smart TV
  • Rentals typically range from $2.99 to $3.99
  • Check the Showcases channel for more great discounts
  • Save your billing information for faster processing next time.
  • Start watching the movie instantly in full-Screen, high-quality video
  • Play the movie on multiple PCs or ready internet connected devices like game consoles, Blu-ray Player or Connected Smart TV (some installation required)
  • Or, download your movie to your PC which only takes about 1 hour to complete with a fast connection
  • Watch it whenever you want, even offline - great for travelers!



Q: How much does it cost?
A: Renting a movie download typically costs $2.99 to $3.99. Check the title's detail page for actual pricing. View the Showcases section for the latest discounts.

Q: How long is the rental period?
A: When you rent a movie, you have 30 days after purchasing it to begin viewing. Once you begin viewing, you have either 24 or 48 hours to view the movie depending on studio agreement for the title. You may view the movie an unlimited number of times during this viewing period. Movies are not viewable after the 30 day period. Stopping, pausing or restarting a movie does not extend the available time for viewing.

Q: Can I watch the rental on multiple PCs/devices within the rental period?
A: Movie rentals can only be played on 1 PC or device simultaneously. Buy titles can be only on up to 5 PCs/devices.

Q: What titles are available?
A: works with major studios such as Disney, Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony and Warner Brothers to make as many titles available as possible. While some movies or TV shows may not currently be available, we encourage you to keep checking back as new titles are available every day. New movies are typically available on Tuesday and you can always sign up for our free newsletter to keep up on the latest releases and receive special discounts.

Q: How large is a video file?
A: Our premium movie files for download are encoded at approximately 2200kbps (kilo bits per second) with approximate file size of 1.5GB.

Q: How much space do I need on my computer to store the file?
A: You will need at least 1.5GB of free space on your hard drive for the download of a file for a premium title and to ensure smooth playback. For tips on how to check your free space, visit Customer Support.

Q: How long does it take to download a title?
A: With a fast connection (DSL, Cable Modem or better) a DVD quality premium (2200k) title will typically take an hour to download. This can vary depending on your connection speed.

Q: What are the minimal technical requirements?
A: In order to make full use of RoxioNow powered websites and activate your internet connected devices, like a Blu-ray or TV, along with being able to purchase and watch titles on your PC you will need:
  • Internet connection speed
    • Required
      • High speed internet connection of 1.5 Mbps or faster.
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    • Recommended
      • DSL or Cable internet connection of 3.0 Mbps or faster
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      • If you are using RoxioNow through wireless device, click here for more information.
  • Operating system
    • Required
      • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; Windows Media Player 10 and higher; DirectX 9 and higher Apple Macintosh OS X (functionality currently limited to Registration, Sign Up, Activate)
    • Recommended
      • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7; Windows Media Player 10 and higher; DirectX 9 and higher.
  • Processor
    • Required
      • 1 GHz processor or faster
    • Recommended
      • 2 GHz processor or faster
  • RAM
    • Required
      • 512 megabytes
    • Recommended
      • 1 GB or higher
  • Free hard disk space
    • Required
      • 5 GB (The average movie file is about 1.5 GB)
    • Recommended
      • 20 GB (The extra space allows storage of your video library)
  • Display Configuration
    • Required
      • 1024 x 768 resolution; 32 bit color
    • Recommended
      • Same as "Required" configuration or higher
  • Video card
    • Required
      • Video card with 64 MB of video RAM (VRAM).
    • Recommended
      • Same as "Required" configuration or higher resolution
  • Internet browser
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
    • Firefox 3.5 or higher
    • Safari 4 for Apple Mac OSX (w/ limited functionality)
    • Google Chrome
    • ActiveX, Firefox, and Google Chrome browser plug-ins (you will be prompted for these when using a RoxioNow powered webstore for the first time)

Cookies must be enabled on all browsers.

Q: How do I watch these titles on my TV?
A: If your laptop has an S-video jack, you can connect your laptop directly to your TV via HDMI cable. Or, you can purchase a title from and then watch it on your internet - connected TV, Blu-ray Player or game console (PS3) via the CinemaNow application.

Q: Can I transfer titles to portable devices like iOS devices (iPhone, iPod,iPad), PSP, or smartphones?
A: At this time video titles are not available for any portable devices. However, we are working with our content partners to expand our offering.

  1. Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or 8 or Firefox 3.6 or higher or Google Chrome
  2. ActiveX and Firefox browser plug-ins
  3. Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Apple Mac OS X
  4. Windows Media Player version 10 and higher: DirectX 9 or higher
  5. Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or higher
  6. High speed internet connection of 1.5Mbps or faster