Monday, November 23, 2009

Japan's Answer to Netflix

One of the things we don't have in Japan is television. It's not that they don't have it in our area, but from what I've seen, there's never anything good on. It's a sad thing when the commercials are more entertaining than the actual TV program. Nevertheless, I recently read that language students can accelerate learning by watching foreign movies with foreign captions enabled. To that end, I found and love this awesome mail-order DVD rental service. Paired with Google's latest toolbar to handle realtime translation into English, I was able to fumble my way around the rental site, sign up for a free month to get 8 DVDs, and have already received our first two hard-to-find titles. While there are shortcomings with their website as compared with Netflix, the delivery service is topnotch with Sunday and holiday delivery for no extra charge. All this for around $20 a month.