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By Jim Donovan: As I’ve been reporting over the past few weeks, Netflix not only has split its mail-order DVD and video streaming into two services and will be charging for each separately, this week they also announced a name change. The DVD-by-mail service will now be named Qwikster. For many loyal Netflix subscribers, the changes aren’t being well received. In fact over a million subscribers have canceled their subscriptions recently due to the changes.

If you are one of them, and are looking for an alternative to Netflix, Editor Cameron Huddleston at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has come up with 7 different options to chose from, including:

Vudu: This streaming service has a wide variety of HD movies available the day they are released on Blu-ray. The cost? Only $2 to “rent” a movie for two nights.

Amazon Instant Video: This library includes 50,000 movies and TV shows to choose from and the cost to rent is $3.99 for a 48 hour rental.

Apple TV: Although a $99 investment for the device, it streams thousands of movies and TV shows directly to your TV. The cost to “rent” is a low as 99 cents.

Red Box: Not as convenient as streaming online, but with more than 27,000 kiosks nationwide you can choose from 200 titles for a $1, one day rental.

To find all seven alternatives to Netflix, visit http://kiplinger.com/columns/kiptips/archives/7-alternatives-to-netflix.html