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#197428 - 02/21/08 06:31 PM Netflix vs Blockbuster online.
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
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Loc: Central,California
Does anyone have experience with both these services? I'm debating dropping Netflix (wait times to long) and going with Blockbuster. Since my mail goes to to post office, exchanging in store with some online rentals may be a better option for me. Any opinions on both services would be appreciated.
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#197430 - 02/21/08 06:42 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
I like Netflix, but my local "hub" is right here, so I send a movie back, they get it the next day and send my next movie out on that same day, and I get it on the 3rd day. Pretty fast.

However, I really only got NetFlix for HD-DVD rentals. I mean, I can stop at my local McDonalds and get a new release DVD for $1, and I drive past a McDonalds about 6 blocks from my house every day.
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#197451 - 02/21/08 09:02 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: nickbuol]
skyhawk669 Offline
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Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Austin, TX
Same thing here. There very fast and I've never had to wait for a movie. I wouldn't know about blockbuster...

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#197457 - 02/21/08 09:51 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: skyhawk669]
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Loc: Marion, IA
I guess that a benefit of Blockbuster would be the in-store rentals and returns as an option. So if timeliness is important, that could help to supplement the time requirements.
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#197458 - 02/21/08 09:53 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: HomeDad]
grunt Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 3569
Loc: Nirvana

I’ve never ordered HD or BR. Never order new releases online.

For Netflix: \:\)

Plan - You are currently in the 5 at-a-time (Unlimited) plan with unlimited time to watch instantly $29.99 (plus any applicable tax)

Comments:
-Used for 2 months.
-Usually average 10(+) disks a week.

Pros:
-Much bigger selection especially TV shows and Anime.
-Better suggestions on what I might like based on ratings.
-No waits on any disk yet.
-Some online content allows previewing series before ordering.
-Search dialog box offers suggestions as you type (nice for Dyslexics like me).
-Audio format listed.
-Screen format listed.
-Better customer reviews of disks.
-Movies broken down into more subcategories.

Cons:
-None yet

For Blockbuster:

Plan: 3 at-a-time, Unlimited mailings, Unlimited in-store movie exchanges $34.99 / month (plus taxes).

Comments:
-Used for 1 year.
-Usually average 6(-) disks a week.

Pros:
-Use in store exchanges for new releases.

Cons:
-Blockbuster is in serious financial trouble and may not be around.
-Usually takes 2-3 business days to arrive but delivery times very inconsistent.
-Many very long wait. Waited on some disks in TV series for 10 months. Reordered from Netflix and got them in 2 days.
-No info on disk’s sound format DD 5.1 etc…
-Inconsistent hard to find info on screen format 16x9 etc…
-Running out of in-store disks interested in exchanging for.

Cons for both sites:
-Can’t search by audio or screen format.

Summary:

Netflix is best for selection, availability of non-new releases, number of disks you can have out at a time, shear volume of disks you can turn over in a period of time.

Blockbuster is best for new releases (in-store trades).

Hope this helps (sorry no HD/BR experience)

Dean



Edited by grunt (02/21/08 10:05 PM)
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#197464 - 02/21/08 10:12 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: grunt]
jbsengineer Offline
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Registered: 05/24/06
Posts: 171
Loc: Central New York
Being a member of both Netflix and Blockbuster I can strongly say Netflix is better IMO. Being able to drop into Blockbuster and grab a new release is nice. However Netflix shipping to me and back is overnight. Whereas Blockbuster takes at least 2 days to me and back. Also the Blockbuster queue seems to often ship the movies out of order even though they show available sometimes they skip over.

I'm on the Netflix 5-a-time and the Blockbuster 3-a-time by the way.
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#197477 - 02/21/08 10:48 PM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: jbsengineer]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
Thanks for the responses everyone, for now I think I'll stay with Netflix and see if the service improves, Netflix up until last month was next day service, now everything takes at least 2 days, that could also be my local post offices fault.
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#197495 - 02/22/08 08:36 AM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: HomeDad]
skyhawk669 Offline
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Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 436
Loc: Austin, TX
I've have the same issue from time to time and I've noticed that Netflix always sends the next movie as soon as it gets the previous one back. Everytime there's been delay it was caused by the post office holding on to the dvd for too long...

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#197502 - 02/22/08 09:57 AM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: skyhawk669]
medic8r Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 6380
Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Hey HomieDad, thanks for starting this thread, because I had wondered the exact same thing. I'm a Netflix subscriber who is a low-volume user, but I've noticed the wait times on HD-DVDs and BR discs have been creeping up.

Thanks also to the repliers. Guess I'm sticking with Netflix also.
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#197505 - 02/22/08 10:34 AM Re: Netflix vs Blockbuster online. [Re: medic8r]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4842
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
I like netflix for the most part. I think 2 or three times I have received an email saying "the movie you requested was not available from your local shipping depot." It will be sent on th enext business day from "insert far away city here". In these cases it take a while to get the movies. Otherwise it is pretty fast.
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